They may not have invented it, but 50 Cent, Jay Z and Sean “Puffy” Combs definitely helped popularize the trend of emphasizing sales being as equally or more important than actual rhyming skills.
The ultimate mark of commercial dominance is diamond status—10 million or more albums sold.
Interestingly, according to the RIAA, neither Puff, 50, or Hov have individually reached that level with one album. But the voices behind these 19 certified diamond Rap and R&B albums have. Hit the jump and see if they’re in your collection.