Thanks to his storied catalog, Kanye West has added another feather to his cap. The Chicago rapper became the first artist as lead artist, according to Chart Data, to have 85 gold-certified singles by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Kanye West has received a gold plaque commemorating 500,000 U.S. sales.
Ye achieved this milestone with the song “Everything We Need,” which was officially certified gold on July 20th. It is from his 2019 gospel-rap album “Jesus Is King”, which itself is gold. Assisted by Ty Dolla $ign and Ant Clemons.
So far in 2022, Kanye West has collected 26 gold and platinum plaques, making it a stellar year for the hip-hop legend. “N-ggas In Paris” went 9x platinum in May, while “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” reached 4x platinum earlier this month.
In February, Netflix released its documentary Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, which featured never-before-seen archival footage captured by longtime collaborators Coodie and Chike.
Kanye also enjoyed a resurgence on the Billboard 200 with albums like The College Dropout, Late Registration, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy due to the intimate, three-part series.
Despite the lack of a wider release for his latest album Donda 2 (it was released exclusively on the Stem Player in February), Kanye West continues to make waves outside of the music industry. Earlier this week, his Yeezy Gap Engineered By Balenciaga clothing line launched at Gap’s Times Square flagship for the first time, with similar releases at other U.S. Gap locations.