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All platinum everything: How long every JAY-Z album has taken to go platinum

Ralph Bristout

 // Jul 5, 2017

This week, JAY-Z has more of a reason to repeat this one shiny line he left us with 20 years ago: "This time around it's platinum, like the sh*t on my wrist."

Just five days after its release, JAY-Z's newest album 4:44 has already been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, having been streamed or sold the equivalent of one million copies. The feat gives Hall of Fame Hov yet another milestone, as he officially becomes the most decorated hip hop act in the RIAA Gold and Platinum program for achieving 13 platinum solo album awards and higher (17 platinum albums in total). In essence, this makes Jigga's entire catalog a platinum to-go standard seeing as how every album of his has crossed the million mark.

While it took his earlier albums some time to hit platinum, Hov's latest batch of releases have gone platinum faster than rabbits get... well, you get the expression. So to get a better understanding of this latest accomplishment, we took a look back at JAY-Z's entire catalog to note how long it has taken each of his albums to go platinum.

Reasonable Doubt

Released: June 25, 1996

Reached Platinum: February 7, 2002

In My Lifetime, Vol. 1

Released: November 4, 1997

Reached Platinum: February 5, 1999

Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

Released: September 29, 1998

Reached Platinum: November 2, 1998; Double Platinum: November 9, 1998; Triple Platinum: December 16, 1998; Quadruple Platinum: February 24, 1999; 5x Platinum: May 15, 2000

Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter

Released: December 28, 1999

Reached Platinum: February 1, 2000; Double Platinum: February 1, 2000; Triple Platinum: February 14, 2001

The Dynasty: Roc La Familia

Release Date: October 31, 2000

Reached Platinum: December 4, 2000; Double Platinum: December 4, 2000

The Blueprint

Released: September 11, 2001

Reached Platinum: October 16, 2001; Double Platinum: May 1, 2002

The Best of Both Worlds

Released: March 19, 2002

Reached Platinum: May 14, 2002

The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse

Released: November 12, 2002

Reached Platinum: December 10, 2002; Triple Platinum: December 10, 2002

The Black Album

Released: November 14, 2003

Reached Platinum: February 17, 2004; Double Platinum:February 17, 2004; Triple Platinum: August 16, 2005

Unfinished Business

Released: October 26, 2004

Reached Platinum: December 1, 2004

Collision Course

Released: November 30, 2004

Reached Platinum: July 19, 2005

Kingdom Come

Released: November 21, 2006

Reached Platinum: December 14, 2006; Double Platinum: December 14, 2006

American Gangster

Released: November 6, 2007

Reached Platinum: December 6, 2007

The Blueprint 3

Released: September 8, 2009

Reached Platinum: November 13, 2009

Watch The Throne

Released: August 8, 2011

Reached Platinum: September 15, 2011

Magna Carta... Holy Grail

Released: July 4, 2013 (online), July 9, 2013 (in stores)

Reached Platinum: July 9, 2013; Double Platinum: September 5, 2013

4:44

Released: June 30, 2017

Reached Platinum: July 5, 2017

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