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Lil Dicky's debut album, Professional Rapper, is currently the No. 1 rap album in the country, one spot ahead of Future's DS2 (in its third week) and two ahead of Migos' Yung Rich Nation, which also made its debut this week. The chart-topping effort from Dicky is pretty shocking, considering the album was released independently and funded through a Kickstarter campaign.
Of course, most who know Lil Dicky wouldn't put him in the same artistic category as Future or Migos -- or most any other rapper for that matter. Dicky's music is often categorized as "comedy rap" -- the album also went No. 1 on the comedy charts.
Most of Dicky's songs are satirical -- not poking fun at the rap itself but more so at his attempt, as a shaggy-haired, white, upper-middle class Jewish guy, to make a career within the genre -- hence the album's tongue-in-cheek title.
Dicky first went viral about two years ago with his "Ex-Boyfriend" video, which now has over 10 million views on YouTube. For the remainder of 2013, he put out two mixtapes and 15 music videos, many of which also accumulated millions of YouTube hits. But then he ran out of money.
He launched a Kickstarter campaign in late 2013 to help him sustain his rap career. The Kickstarter went way past its original goal of $70,000 and raised over $113,000, enough for the creation of his debut album. A year and a half later, Professional Rapper is here, and it's the No. 1 rap record in America, selling 22,000 copies its first week.
Granted, the album didn't have too much competition, as the next best debut, Migos' Yung Rich Nation sold an underwhelming 15,000. Still, was there anyone who thought Dicky's debut would outsell that of Migos? Professional Rapper is also No. 1 among digital albums sold this week and is currently No. 1 on the independent charts as well.
The sales were, no doubt, helped by a few big-time features, including Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, comedian Hannibal Buress as well Rich Homie Quan and Fetty Wap, who both guest on "$ave Dat Money," the rare rap song that celebrates frugality.
Stream Professional Rapper below.