According to Chart datathe former TDE rapper’s latest effort earned the top spot in the rap category with 1.4 billion streams on Spotify.
Chart data confirmed to HipHopDX that the streams are “not guaranteed 2022 streams.” The ranking includes lifetime streams for projects with a release date of 2022. Although Nav’s “Lemonade” collaboration with Internet Money, Gunna and Don Toliver was released as a single in 2020 because it is on Nav’s 2022 album Demons protected by angelsall of its streams since its original release count towards its final total.
.@kendricklamar‘Sir. Morale & the Big Steppers’ was the #1 most streamed rap album of 2022 on Spotify.
— chart data (@chartdata) 1 January 2023
Back in August, Kendrick’s Large steppers album was first rap project to cross the billion mark mark so he lifts the championship belt at the end of 2022 does not come as a huge surprise.
K. Dot’s Sir. Moral & The Big Steppers arrived in May to end the Compton rapper’s drought as fans welcomed his first solo LP in five years. He ended up earning the seventh highest first week sales of 2022, only reaching 300,000 with a first week of 296,000 units.
In addition to recognition from fans, Lamar earned respect from his peers with his latest offering as Russ gave Kendrick’s “Father Time” song of the year honors.
The Compton native could add more hardware to his trophy case in 2023. Kendrick earned eight Grammy Award nominations for his latest album. He has won nominations for album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best music video for “The Heart Part 5,” along with Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Melodic Performance.
The rap god hit the road for most of 2022 when he finished his Big Steppers Tour in New Zealand last month having performed 76 shows in 16 countries on three different continents. Kendrick wrapped up his last performance and promised fans that it wasn’t his last time on stage as he would be back in the future.