Lil Uzi Vert’s “Pink Tape” Becomes 2023’s First No. 1 Rap Album

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Lil Uzi’s Pink Tape ended a rare 7-month run without a rap album atop the chart, a drought the genre hasn’t experienced since the early 90s.

Lil Uzi Vert has put rap back on top of the charts with their third studio album Pink Tape, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week. 

The project scored the biggest week yet for a rap or R&B album in 2003, with more than 167,000 total album equivalent units. Additionally, 18 of the 26 Pink Tape songs debuted on the Hot 100, per Billboard

There hasn’t been a rap album atop the charts since Metro Boomin’s Heroes & Villains in December 2022. The last time there was a gap this lengthy was in the early 1990s when Cypress Hill topped the chart with Black Sunday (August 7, 1993) 34 weeks after Ice Cube’s The Predator spent a week at No. 1 (December 5, 1992).  

Metro Boomin congratulated Lil Uzi via his Instagram Story, sharing a report of the feat alongside a handshake emoji.  

Despite the accolades, Lil Uzi looks set to get right back into the studio for their next project. They promised to deliver “the album y’all really looking for,” if Pink Tape topped the chart. Uzi also hinted at releasing another installment in the Luv Is Rage series before announcing an upcoming mixtape.  

“Sitting here thinking (about) how I went #1 on (an) experimental tape,” Uzi penned on their Instagram story Sunday (July 9). “My apologies, Barter 16 mixtape on the way. Free slime.” 

Over the weekend, Lil Uzi promised to deliver Luv is Rage 3 in the very near future.  

“That’s coming in not too long,” Uzi told a fan this weekend. “I know I usually lie, but a couple months.” 

As if all that wasn’t enough, the Philly rapper is hitting the road on the Pink Tape Tour this fall.