Eminem's "Marshall Mathers LP" Reaches Diamond Status, Confirmed By RIAA

Last month, Slim Shady followed-up his chart-topping 2010 with bringing his sophomore classic past 10 million copies sold.

It has been confirmed that Detroit, Michigan superstar Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP album has reached diamond status. Signifying 10 million copies sold, the 2000 Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records release remains one of Em's most critically-acclaimed works. Website HipHop-N-More.com pointed out the milestone, as confirmed by the RIAA.

The Marshall Mathers LP, released on May 23, 2000, featured the singles "The Real Slim Shady," "The Way That I Am" and Dido-sampling "Stan." Guests on Em's sophomore studio release included Dr. Dre, D12, Xzibit, RBX, Sticky Fingaz and the late Nate Dogg. Production on the album was handled by Dr. Dre, Mel-Man, The Bass Brothers and Flavor Unit co-founder 45 King.

Other diamond-certified Hip Hop albums include Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death.

112 Comments

  • Dan

    i hate that whole eminem only sells cuz hes white lets face it is eminem was black most black people would be calling him the greatest of all time and so would white people but since hes white most not all black people hate him and white people still enjoy him i dont hear black people complaining about little white kids buying lil waynes shit even though hes fucking trash

  • Suge Knight

    White boy took 10 years+. Mc hammer - less than one month. 2pac - 1 year

  • Wu-Tang Forever

    Thought this was already given diamond status awhile ago, but oh well. Great album, more than deserving of diamond distinction. Em will never match this album.

  • L-Boogie

    Eminem is great no doubt but his catalog isn't that great and his subject matter isn't all that impressive. And by the way he aint fucking wit NAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • r

    Mannn i remember when Em 1st blew up, Just took the whole game by storm! an it was fuck who don't like it! good memories

  • hellrazor

    em's best album. undoubtedly.

  • L Knight

    Ignore me and label me as a troll and what not but a white person did beat you guys at your on game, he's mastered the craft of a black art. #justsayin i'm latino.

    • chitown

      @L Knight-First of all using Yelawolf as a source to back up your statement will not help you. Second, yes it was originally a black art form but any art form that becomes popular with the masses will become owned by the world. There are rappers of every race at this point. While we started it, it is now being perfected by people of every race. That's why I love hip hop. Black folks aren't mad about that, we're proud of it.

    • L Knight

      Wth lol he has mastered the craft of rapping for even for some of the reasons you just mentioned. And rapping is a black expressional art form in the sense that it was created by black artist like reggae etc. Yelawolf said the same thing.

    • Chitown

      It's amazing how just the mention of Eminem can bring morons of all colors. That is the dumbest shit I ever heard. " The black art",lmao

    • Anonymous

      dude shut the fuck up you sound ignorant. 'hes mastered the craft of a black art' no he hasnt you fucktard he just appeals to a larger fanbase then most niggas, he has shock value and the most important thing is theres no one else like him! mastering a craft? no he just took the world by storm by being different and being on aftermath...

  • Jamel Jhuntdaprodigy Hunter

    Eminem sells that many records because he's just that relevant and influential in the rap game, he definitely one that could be argued for in a GOAT discussion, I'm not taking anything away from his skills at all, but lets be real, if Eminem was black he probably would still sell a lot, but not as much. Being the only white rapper in the mainstream, who's ACTUALLY dope, is one hell of a niche to have

  • blah

    wow can belive how many racist comments i read, you black ppl are more stupid then i thought...

  • Whatyoukno

    Eminem sales a lot of records cause he WHITE...White people gon support him and dey like his crazy ass music.

    • Chitown

      @Nana- Your right, I did overlook the statement about him actually being able to rap. That's my bad. The part about respect was not aimed at you but at all the hate he gets from people who want to simplify why he sells. As far as Pac is concerned, He hasn't been certified diamond for All Eyez on Me yet. I think this is a direct effect of downloading though. I hear that CD all the time being played by kids who were barely alive when it was out. Diamond or not, It's a real hip hop classic.

    • Nana

      Yo no one know about the 2Pac thing?

    • Nana

      @chitown. Not sure if the respect bit was aimed at me or whether you misunderstood me or whatever but I acknowledged his skill. I said he sells because he's the whiteboy that CAN ACTUALLY rap. look above g. And I hear you, novelty wears out but first impressions dont really.

    • chitown

      @Nana-Your completely right, being a good white rapper is a novelty. The thing is that novelty wears out and skills provide longevity. Why hate on the man if he happened to have skills to go with the novelty? Give him his respect for capitalizing on what he has. He respects hip hop to the fullest and has constantly shown that. All that shit about his color is just sour bullshit. Wayne sold 3 mill in a time when it's hard to go gold and I respect that even though I only like some of his stuff. Just because I'm not eating up everything Wayne makes doesn't mean I can't respect his skill. It's getting old seeing some moron say he only sells because he's white. If more rappers would rap about some shit beside the money they don't have and the strippers their fucking then they might sell 3 mill too.

    • Nana

      PS. Why haven't All Eyez On Me or Tupac's Greatest been certified Diamond. If All Eyez was 9X Platinum by '98 then it must be Diamond by now.

    • Nana

      I kind of get what he's saying though. 'The White Boy That Can Actually Rap' was and still is his gimmick/ image. The whiteboy rapper always has a certain charm, certain controversy whatever you wanna call it but it undoubtedly contributed to his hype, sales and what he is today - there's no denying that.

    • highend13

      if you knew anything about hip-hop, you would knew that WHITE hip-hop fans mostly hate eminem because he's white, they wanna be black... eminem sells because he has skill, because he's entertaining, and the most important, because he makes good music... (canibus has one of those three things, that's why he don't sell)

    • truhiphop23

      yea that comment is completely ignorant and irrelevant...you think that 10 million white people bought that album...shit theres a million white kids out there tryin to rap who suck nobody buyin their shit because they white thats like me sayin MJ was the best baller of all time cause he black which would be absolute bullshit eminem went diamond because he can weave words together like no one else on earth...and whether i like him or not i respect that

    • chitown

      Who really gives a fuck why he sells or who buys them. The last I checked the only color money has is green. And like I said below, M.C. Hammer actually still has the highest selling rap album of all time and he sure wasn't white. So get the fuck outta here with that weak bullshit.

  • The MG

    Cool. MMLP is Em's best IMO.

  • Don Dutch

    I want that faggot lil wayne to read this article and finally realize he will never reach this level as a rapper.

  • Da1

    Eminem has to be the only rapper with two diamond selling albums. By him being hte greatest sellin grapper of all time, it isn't that hard to comprehend. Both eminem show and Marshall Mathers LP were classics.

    • lol

      LOL, @anonymous... dumbass

    • B@nksy

      lol @anonymous thats embarrassing you put yourself out there trying to act like you knew what you were talking about and all your facts are wrong.

    • Anonymous

      @Anonymous Have you listened to Em's song Elevator? "80 something million records later..." Pac hasn't sold as much Em, not even close

    • Beast

      @Anonymous do your research dude. MMLP went Diamond according to the RIAA(Recording Industry Association of AMERICA) which means he went Diamond in the United States alone.

    • sure

      Eminem has sold nearly 90 million worldwide because he reached 39.7 million sold in the U.S. according to Nielson Soundscan, so you are saying that he only sold 5 more million worldwide - man thats dumb because he sold 90 million worldwide and 2Pac sold just over 75 million btw recovery and relapse sold almost 11 million worlwide

    • G-MAN

      eminem has sold over 86 million worldwide sales. have sources before u talk shit

    • Anonymous

      Pac has sold 80 million Eminem has sold 45 this is Ems 2nd highest sellin album n its only just pushed 10 million his last 2 have 8 million combined thats 18 million plus the lets be generous n say his highest sellin did double this n call it 20 which its no where near THE MATHS DONT LIE N DONT TRY CLAIMIN THIS IS 10 MILL US IT ISNT ITS TOTAL!!!

  • Spike

    I hate it how it's always said that OutKast and Biggie are Diamond when they're actually not. The RIAA counts the sale of every double album as 2 sales, so to go Diamond, Biggie and OutKast only needed to reach the 5x platinum mark (which is incredible in itself, but nothing close to 10x platinum). Plus, HipHopDX ran an article a few weeks ago saying the top 4 selling rap albums are 1. Marshall Mathers LP 2. Eminem Show 3. Country Grammar 4. Get Rich or Die Tryin' Biggie and OutKast sold less than all these albums http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.13925/title.50-cents-get-rich-or-die-tryin-hits-8x-platinum-mark

    • B@nksy

      lol @ biggie selling 35 mil. of one album. (r.i.p though hes a legend)

    • highend13

      true, hammer's album is diamond too.. but you can't discredit biggie's and outkast's albums because they are double albums: so when you pay for a double album it equals the price of two single disc albums, so the money's the same... they sold 10mil cds....

    • Chitown

      And for all those people out there who like to make it seem like sales are what make the best rapper, that means M.C. Hammer is the greatest rapper ever to you and Vanilla Ice is in your top 5. Either that or you'll realize that sales don't mean shit in the long run, only rap skills matter regardless of sales.

    • Chitown

      First of all, Hip Hop DX list is wrong. As much as everyone wants to act like he didn't exist M.C. Hammer's Please Hammer Don't Hurt EM went diamond and is still the highest selling rap album ever. Eminem will pass it eventually since I doubt anyone is buying that album anytime soon, but a fact is a fact. Also Vanilla Ice sold over 7 million copies which would put just behind 50 Cent or over him. Hip Hop Dx needs to correct that regardless of how bad those albums were, it's still part of rap history.

    • haha

      haha the guy above me is funny biggies album did not sell 35 million no rapper will ever sell 35 million copies of 1 album only kind of album sales like that come from legendary rock bands or artists like michael jackson......but yeah eminem has sold more albums worldwide then ANY other rapper/hiphop artist its just a fact

    • Anonymous

      NO THEY DIDNT BIGGIES SOLD 35 MILLION ITS THE HIGHEST SELLIN ALBUM OF ALL TIME FOLLOWED BY A PAC ALBUM AT 33 MILLION

  • Nico 3

    He could live off the royalities alone. Regardless of personal taste, it sells.

  • blah

    I think the article is wrong because I am pretty sure The Eminem Show also went diamond.... Either way this album is classic and deserves it.

  • Ed0n

    THE EMINEM SHOW WAS 100X BETTER THAN MARSHALL MATHERS LP, LOL FUCK OUTTA HERE! THE LYRICS WERE BETTER, THE PRODUCTION WAS BETTER, THE WHOLE ALBUM WAS BETTER THAN MMLP! Don't get me wrong: MMLP is 5/5 but Eminem Show is 6/5!

    • Wu-Tang Forever

      LOL @ this comment. I kinda dug the Eminem Show back when I was like, 12, but seriously that album is nowhere near being a classic. It was Em's first attempt at going full-out mainstream, and although it was a good album and was a huge success for Em, it is nowhere near fucking with the MMLP.

    • yeah

      Other way round motherfucker

    • Alejandro Jose Badell

      MMLP is the best album of all fukin time so Ed0n SUCK A DICK asap!

    • Anonymous

      No wayyy son, Other way around

  • G

    one of the best rap albums ever, to bad em not making this kind of music no more, but he still will murder any rapper alive

    • Wu-Tang Forever

      I hate to say it, but... Teflon Don > Recovery I'm not trolling. If Em was spitting over the Teflon Don beats, he'd have something to contend with MMLP. Alas, he chose Jim Jonsin and Boi-1da... *sigh*

    • Beast

      No thats why officer ricky retracted his statement about Em and wants to work with him you idiot

    • sure

      thats because rick ross is a sore loser that EMINEM will not waste time beefing with Eminem will not start a beef when not provoked and rick ross is so lame that he wasnt able to anger anyone, but em's freestyles will murk any rapper alive

    • Rick Ross the Bawse

      Is that why he didn't say shit when Rozay went at em. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mazin

    i bet that stan bought the first copy, and stan's brother bought the last copy lol

  • South_Africa

    didn't "The Last Don" by Master P, "Get Rich or Die Trying" by 50 Cent & "Chronic 2001" by Dr Dre reach diamond status too? Lauryn Hill almost reaching double diamond status?

    • Wu-Tang Forever

      Nah I know for a fact 50 went 8x platinum and Dre went 6x platinum, not sure about Master P but I'm pretty sure he didn't sell that many.

    • yeah

      No you dumb fuck, none of them did HAHAHHHHAAAAHHHAHAHHH

    • certification

      they might have been diamond worldwide but these are in america. But also Mc Hammer went diamond and so did Em Show

  • Jake

    2nd album in his ONE OF THE GOATs 97-02 PRIME to go DIAMOND in 2011. SSLP based on how ILL he was should be DIAMOND EASILY ALSO. The fact that ENCORE has sold more than it is a travesty. Em (understandably after being out of the game for 4-5 years while nearly dying twice from drug overdoses. That's KIIIIINDA dependant if you ask me. Best friend was murdered, divorced twice, and was literally dependant on hard drugs/pills) post 04 is not the same as 96/97-02/early 03. Sad, but simply the truth. Yes he shows signs every now and then post o4 of still being ILL, but even he's quoted as saying "I had to learn to write, rap, flow, perform again and do it all sober, w/ no help of weed/alcohol & recreational drugs used w/ relative moderation. So it's def something new/different." (Love it or Hate it weed/alcohol in moderation makes artists more creative/loose/spontaneous/humorous) Glad I was 14-20 during his absolute prime of 97-early 03 b-c that stretch alone makes him ONE OF the ILLEST ever and you can't take that away

  • OPIUM

    BIGGEST FRAUDS IN HIP HOP 1.RICK ROSS (FORMER C.O.)CONFIRMED MASON 2.DIDDY (KILLED BIGGIE KILLED REAL HIPHOP) 3.LIL WAYNE (FAKE BLOOD,GAY) 4.BIRDMAN (SATANIST,FAKE BLOOD,RAPED WAYNE) 5.DRAKE(FAKE GANGSTA WANNABE BLOOD,SELLOUT,BITCHASS RICH JEW NIKKER KID FROM CANADA) 6.GORILLA ZOE(HOW YOU GO FROM REAL NIGGA TO FAUX HAWKS,SKINNY JEANS,AUTOTUNE) 7.JAY Z -SOLD OUT TO THE ELITE, HIS CREW FANS,MASON,AGAINST RELIGION 8.50 CENT (WENT POP N SINGIN FOR MONEY NOW GOING BACK TO GANGSTA =WANKSTA 9.BUN B - WORKS WITH JAYZ IN THE DAR,KILLED PIMP FOR 5 MIC RATING, ,ALWAYS WANTED TO BE MAINSTREAM,GOOGLE BUN B 666 TSHIRT 10.KANYE WEST-HAD MOM KILLED,SELLOUT MASON,FAGGOT,ETC ETC H

  • Joe

    My personal favorite album, probably due to the nostalgia I get when I listen to it.

  • Anonymous

    Great album..... Encore and above all sucked ass though.... Relapse and Recovery are straight pop! fuck that shit!

    • Wu-Tang Forever

      Relapse is barely pop at all, whereas Recovery is completely pop. Look at the sales for the album and the chart positions for the singles for both, and you'll see clearly which one is more pop. Relapse has actualy grown on me recently. I never really liked the record, but some of the tracks have held up. 3 am, Stay Wide Awake, Deja Vu, Beautiful and Underground are better than anything on Recovery

    • Anonymous

      @Wasted Space Hip Hop is Dead is straight classic, the fuck you smoking on nigga? That shit is far better than Untitled and Distant Relatives (which are also dope). @Vegard Jay and Nas are still putting out good music, probably better than Em has recently.

    • Anonymous

      Hip Hop Is Dead is underrated in my opinion. I can listen to it the full way through, the only track I skip everytime is the one with Snoop. But as soon as I heard Money Over Bullshit I knew that it would be a dope album. Great concepts, dope beats that weren't underwhelming, a good single, a Jay-Z collabo and Nas who was sick on almost every track. A pretty well-rounded album that covered many styles without losing the street feel.

    • Wasted Space

      Vegard, are you for real? You really think that album wise fucking Eminem is putting out better albums then NaS these days? Even if you LOVE Recovery (I thought it sucked but that's just me) Distant Relatives destroys it. And when it comes to NaS's most recent albums like Untitled or even the slightly above average Hip-hop Is Dead, looking at the awful Relapse there's just no comparison. If you haven't given Untitled or Distant Relatives a try, check them out, they are miles above what you may have come to expect from things like Streets Disciple or Hip-hop is Dead.

    • KILLA CAM

      RECOVERY WAS GOOD LYRICALLY BUT TOO MUCH OF YELLING AND SHIT AND NOT ENOUGH EMINEM CLEVER LINES ,RELAPSE WAS GARBAGE CUZ HE WAS COMING OFF THEM DRUGS BUT I ENJOYED THE CLEVERNESS SO I LIKED BOTH,BUT MMLP WAS THE BEST SHIT 2.EMINEM SHOW AFTER IT 3.RECOVERY.4.RELAPSE.5.ENCORE

    • Vegard Møller

      Recovery is a little pop, Relapse is not pop at all. Encore wasn't all that good, but Eminem still makes really good music. Maybe not legendary, like on the Marshall Mathers LP, but better than Jay, DMX, Nas, or any other rapper that blew up in the 90s.

  • Rick Ross the Bawse

    Good for the sellout. At leas this shit was real hip hop unless that garbage pop crap he be comin out with now. His music sucks now and this nigga is nuttin but pop. Love the way you lie, fuck outta here wit that shit. He ain't no real rapper no more. Only real rappers now is Ross and a couple of other cats. At least slaughterhouse still rappin but since they signed to shady, them niggas gon start doing pop hits now too. Fuck Em, sellout motherfucker. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • r

      How the fuck can Em sell-out when he was already a rich ass motherfuckin man? Think about that.

    • B@nksy

      lol it would be funny if the real rick ross left this comment. I could see him doing something like that "shiiiiiit I want a diamond album, why cant I have a Diamond album, ohhh I know how I can get at this honky Em leave a mean comment, Bawseee". Either that or a officer William Roberts dick rider.

    • everton

      shut up u fukin idiot. u know nothin about music, u obviously dont if ur username is rick ross u fkn loser. hes made 1 half decent song thats it. hes shit end of story. an ur gay as fuk

    • OPIUM

      BIGGEST FRAUDS IN HIP HOP 1.RICK ROSS (FORMER C.O.)CONFIRMED MASON 2.DIDDY (KILLED BIGGIE KILLED REAL HIPHOP) 3.LIL WAYNE (FAKE BLOOD,GAY) 4.BIRDMAN (SATANIST,FAKE BLOOD,RAPED WAYNE) 5.DRAKE(FAKE GANGSTA WANNABE BLOOD,SELLOUT,BITCHASS RICH JEW NIKKER KID FROM CANADA) 6.GORILLA ZOE(HOW YOU GO FROM REAL NIGGA TO FAUX HAWKS,SKINNY JEANS,AUTOTUNE) 7.JAY Z -SOLD OUT TO THE ELITE, HIS CREW FANS,MASON,AGAINST RELIGION 8.50 CENT (WENT POP N SINGIN FOR MONEY NOW GOING BACK TO GANGSTA =WANKSTA 9.BUN B - WORKS WITH JAYZ IN THE DAR,KILLED PIMP FOR 5 MIC RATING, ,ALWAYS WANTED TO BE MAINSTREAM,GOOGLE BUN B 666 TSHIRT 10.KANYE WEST-HAD MOM KILLED,SELLOUT MASON,FAGGOT,ETC ETC

    • FUCK YO BAWSE

      at least eminem didnt lie about his personal life whatever he went through he put it in his music like no other rapper,love the way u lie was a record for the radio the label pushes that shit u can not go against the label ask your boy lupe they will shut you down and that song might be pop but still touched alot of people who had fucked up relationships.and your boy bawse is a fraud ex C.O. turned major drug dealer with a doctor mommy and lawyer daddy,fuck out of here bitch

    • Rick Ross the Bawse

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Any nigga wit a brain will know Em is a sellout. From doin shit wit Rihanna and Pink to garbage shit like wit Lil Wayne, this cracker went sell out the moment he started releasin shit like Love the way you lie. any nigga who say Eminem didn't go pop is fuckin liar. people who claim Em is top rapper out just ridin his dick, he alright but he more pop than rap now. at least Ross dont sell out and do shit wit Pink to get radio singles. Ross is straight hip hop niggas. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Only real rapper is Ross..Where were you 2 years ago when he got caught in a HUGE lie..and 2nd of all..do you know what a sellout is?..if so PLEASE explain how em sold out

    • Anonymous

      what they moving is puppy hush !!! need to grow a dreed n judge aman n fcuk him up .... bless comment. rebel .

  • FREET

    MMLP is em's best work...

  • McCody

    wouldnt this be his junior(3rd) album

  • Brendon Silver

    Best rap album of all time.

    • Wu-Tang Forever

      Best ever?! Nahhh, it's a great album, classic even, but it's not even in my top 20 hip hop albums. Then again, I listen to a shitload of hip hop, from mainstream, underground, old school, new school, etc. Illmatic is probably tied with it, btw

    • Anonymous

      MMLP is really good and a definite classic, but it's surely not better than Illmatic.

    • HHHHAAAAHHHAAH

      Vegard looks like a cock

    • Anonymous

      @Vegard This shit is slightly better than Illmatic. Illmatic comes in second. Yeah I said it motherfuckers.

    • InsaneClownPussy

      @ okthen ... hm. I see. Judging from your comment, you must be a Juggalo.

    • Vegard Møller

      That and Illmatic.

    • war22

      i bet u have a MM LP at home ...get the fuck outta here okthen..pussy ass bitch

    • okthen

      LMAO. Its not even a good album. Wack shit like feminem always sell a shit load of copies to a shit load of retards. There is more dummies than smart people by far.

  • J

    Props to Em. 11 year old album still selling copies. He's a legend in the game, like him or not. He revolutionized rap music, breaking the mold by being one of the only white guys in the game and taking the hate with a grain of salt. It's only music. Congrats, man First

  • Anonymous

    Up there with Biggy and outkast is dope.

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