It's official: Polo G's latest album, 'Hall of Fame,' beat out Migos and 'Culture III' for the #1 position on the Billboard 200 chart. Now, some are starting to wonder whether Migos' run as a top-tier group is slowing.
Polo G's second studio album sold 143,000 units in its opening week, giving Polo his first career #1 album and his third top 10 entry. When he released his debut, 'The Goat,' a little over a year ago, he reached the #2 position on the Billboard 200 with nearly 100k copies.
Meanwhile, Migos trailed Polo by more than 10k total units, pushing roughly 130k and assuming second place on the Billboard 200. Making the loss even tougher to swallow is that Migos dropped the 'Culture III' deluxe version within days to try and boost streams.
So, is Polo G more popular than Migos, once three of hip-hop's biggest stars? According to the charts, yes. He's also got them beat on the other most notable Billboard ranking, the Hot 100. His lead single "Rapstar" went #1 back in April; Migos' highest position this year is #38.
There are 2 things that helped Polo seemingly eclipse Migos. First, he's more versatile, smoothly blending heartfelt croons and cold-hearted raps. Secondly, no genre moves faster, and fans can easily push aside established artists, like Migos, in favor of rising ones who offer something fresh.
While Migos' 130k sales is a significant decline from 3 years ago when 'Culture II' did almost 200k, it's still a relatively huge number. The Atlanta Hawks advancing to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals is another reason for Quavo and crew to be happy.
Not only does Polo G's #1 album cement his status in the larger rap game – he's making local history, too. He and Lil Durk are the first Chicago duo to each score #1 releases in consecutive weeks, as Durk's joint release alongside Lil Baby, 'The Voice of the Heroes,' recently pushed 150k copies.