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Obtaining a platinum album in any musical genre isn’t easy but in 2014, it’s damn near impossible.

Forbes has exposed the ailing music scene with a new report that shows no artist’s album released this year has gone platinum. BeyoncĂ©’s self-titled dominance was released last year and Lorde’s media darling presence has since stalled, leaving only Disney’s Frozen soundtrack with a shiny plaque.

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With a little help from the RIAA, we’ve compiled the last fifteen Hip-Hop albums to go platinum–and the list is pretty segregated. The last couple of albums on the list weren’t even released this decade. Hopefully all struggle rappers are taking notes.


Photos: WENN

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