Lil Uzi Vert grabs first number one rap album of 2023 with ‘Pink Tape’
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Lil Uzi Vert grabs first number one rap album of 2023 with 'Pink Tape'

Philadelphia rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, has achieved the first rap album to go to number one on the Billboard 200 this year with Pink Tape

In securing his number one rap album with Pink Tape, Lil Uzi Vert has knocked off Morgan Wallen’s One Thing at a Time following 15 nonconsecutive weeks at the top. Per a report in Billboardthe musician’s third studio feature shipped 167,000 equivalent album units in the US last week. 

Pink Tape – which features the single ‘Just Wanna Rock’ – is the first rap album to hit number one on the Billboard 200 since Metro Boomin’s Heroes and Villains climbed to the summit in December last year. This means there has been a 29-week interval between both albums, making it the most prolonged period since 1992-1993, when Ice Cube’s third solo effort, The Predator, was followed by Cypress Hill’s Black Sunday some 34 weeks after.

The chart-topping success of Pink Tape also confirms that Lil Uzi Vert has three number one albums to their name, with the previous being 2017’s Luv Is Rage 2 and 2020’s Eternal Atake. They are to tour the album in the US this fall. 

Notably, Pink Tape features collaborations with Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Snow Strippers, Bring Me the Horizon, Don Toliver, and Babymetal. “It was challenging at first. But then after probably after a month, I got used to it,” Uzi recently told TMZ. “I thought that my creative process wasn’t going to be the same because I wasn’t on drugs no more. It was the same.”

They continued: “Even better. Because I could think more clear and I could actually, like, instead of my words slurring, which is kinda of cool, everything made sense. I didn’t just make random music. How can I say? I didn’t play off the beat. I actually made song with topics this time.”

Listen to Pink Tape below.