It’s been over a year now since hip-hop lost rising Brooklyn rapper, Pop Smoke, to a shooting in Hollywood Hills, CA. Last summer though, his estate released his posthumous debut studio album, “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon.” This project soared to the top of the Billboard 200 chart as it is also at platinum status in the United States. It remains atop several Billboard charts at the moment and has now passed a record that was set by Eminem‘s “Recovery” album.
Smoke’s ‘Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon’ Passes Eminem For Most Weeks At No. 1 On Top Rap Albums Chart
According to Billboard, Smoke‘s album has passed Eminem‘s “Recovery” for most weeks at No. 1 on their Top Rap Albums chart. This is after reaching the 20 weeks mark. Recovery had the 19-week milestone from 2010-2011. At the time, that was Eminem’s seventh studio album and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It is also 3x platinum in the US. For Smoke’s “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon” though, it exceeded expectations and is still at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
Smoke Also Tied Prince For Billboard Record This Week
Smoke‘s debut album has been dominating when it comes to setting other records as well this week. “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon” tied the late Prince‘s classic “Purple Rain” album for consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. This is at the 19-week mark. Smoke also passed MC Hammer‘s “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” album and also Michael Jackson‘s “Bad.” Smoke is also inching closer to passing Jackson’s “Thriller,” which is regarded by many as one of the best albums ever.
Smoke’s Album Surprisingly Wasn’t Grammy-Nominated
There were tons of snubs at the GRAMMYs a few weeks ago. One was the fact that Smoke’s album wasn’t nominated at all despite the massive success its been having over the past year. This ended up causing his manager, Steven Victor, to blast the awards show on his Twitter feed. Victor called the GRAMMYs the “Scammys” as well as a “fraudulent institution.” Many feel the same way, especially after how The Weeknd didn’t get nominated after arguably having the best year out of any artist.
Smoke’s 2019 Breakout Single Did Receive A Grammy Nomination
While “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon” did not get a Grammy nomination, one single of Smoke‘s did. This was for Best Rap Performance. His 2019 “Dior” single got the nomination here but did not get the victory. That was awarded to Megan Thee Stallion for her “Savage” remix featuring Beyoncè. This was no surprise though as Megan took home three out of the four awards that she was nominated four. Many believed that Smoke should’ve at least been nominated and won in the Best Rap Album category.