VH1 has put together a scale graph that displays what age a rapper peaked at from a single album sales standpoint, and it's a fascinating one to look at from a distance.
The average age for an artist's peak is a little over 27-years-old. This includes rappers like T.I., 50 Cent, Kanye West and even Eminem, whose new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is projected to sell between 700,000 and 750,000 copies in its first week. Mind you, Em is 41 now. Depending on what the final tally is, MMLP2 will land as either his second, third or fourth highest first week sales over the span of eight solo albums. His highest first week sales came in 2000 with The Marshall Mathers LP, which moved nearly two million units. It would eventually sell over 10 million copies. Eminem was 28 when MMLP was released.
What we can take away from this graph is numbers don't lie, but sometimes Jay Z does. Sorry Hov, 30s aren't the new 20.