Hot Rap Songs

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Hot Rap Songs (formerly known as Hot Rap Tracks and Hot Rap Singles, and also known as Rap Airplay) is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. It lists the 25 most popular hip-hop/rap songs, calculated weekly by airplay on rhythmic and urban radio stations and sales in hip hop-focused or exclusive markets. Streaming data and digital downloads were added to the methodology of determining chart rankings in 2012.[1] From 1989 through 2001, it was based on how much the single sold in that given week.[2] The most weeks at number one was "Hot Boyz" by Missy Elliott featuring Nas, Eve and Q-Tip,[3] and "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, singles that were number one for 18 weeks from December 1999 to March 2000 and May 2014 to August 2014.[4]

Chart statistics and other facts[edit]

Artists with the most number-one singles[edit]

1. Drake - 18[3]
2. Kanye West - 15
3. Missy Elliott - 13
4. Lil Wayne - 10[5]
8. Chubb Rock - 4
8. Ice Cube - 4
8. Public Enemy - 4

Artists with the most consecutive weeks at number-one[edit]

Note: Above chart only considers songs that charted in 2004 or later

Artists simultaneously occupying the top three positions[edit]

  1. "Candy Shop" (featuring Olivia) (No. 1 April 2, 2005)
  2. "Hate It or Love It" (with Game) (No. 2 April 2, 2005)
  3. "How We Do" (with Game) (No. 3 April 2, 2005)
  1. "I'm On One" (with DJ Khaled, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne) (No. 1 October 8, No. 2 October 15, and No. 3 October 22, 2011)
  2. "Headlines" (No. 2 October 8 and No. 1 October 15, and October 22, 2011)
  3. "She Will" (with Lil Wayne) (No. 3 October 8 and October 15, and No. 2 October 22, 2011)

Songs with the most weeks at number-one[edit]

Weeks Song Artist Year(s) Source
18 Hot Boyz Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott featuring Lil' Mo, Nas, Eve and Q-Tip 1999-2000 [9]
Fancy Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 2014 [9]
Hotline Bling Drake 2015-16 [9]
15 Best I Ever Had Drake 2009 [9]
Thrift Shop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz 2013 [9]
Timber Pitbull featuring Kesha 2014 [9]
See You Again Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 2015 [9]
"Rockstar" Post Malone featuring 21 Savage 2017 [10]
14 Flava in Ya Ear Craig Mack 1994 [9]
Lollipop Lil Wayne featuring Static Major 2008 [9]
The Motto Drake featuring Lil Wayne 2012 [9]
Can’t Hold Us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton 2013 [9]

Songs with highest debut on chart[edit]

  • At #4
Drake - “Nice For What” (2018)
  • At #7
Sporty Thievz featuring Mr. Wood$ - “No Pigeons” (1999)
Will Smith featuring Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee - “Wild Wild West” (1999)
Jay-Z - “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” (2001)

Source: [11]

Self-replacement at number one[edit]

Lead artist[edit]

Featured artist[edit]

  • T-Pain — "Good Life" (Kanye West feat. T-Pain) (9 weeks) (November 3, 2007) → "Low" (Flo Rida feat. T-Pain) (11 weeks) (January 5, 2008)
  • Kanye West — "Run This Town" (Jay-Z feat. Rihanna & Kanye West) (7 weeks) → "Forever" (Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem) (1 week) (November 14, 2009)

Combined (lead and featured artist)[edit]

  • 50 Cent — "Candy Shop" (50 Cent feat. Olivia) (6 weeks) → "Hate It or Love It" (The Game feat. 50 Cent) (4 weeks) (April 23, 2005) → "Just a Lil Bit" (50 Cent) (9 weeks) (May 21, 2005)
  • Drake — "Fancy" (Drake feat. T.I. & Swizz Beatz) (1 week) → "Right Above It" (Lil Wayne feat. Drake) (5 weeks) (November 6, 2010)
  • Chris Brown — "Look at Me Now" (Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes) (10 weeks) → "My Last" (Big Sean feat. Chris Brown) (2 weeks) (July 2, 2011)
  • 2 Chainz — "Mercy" (Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz) (9 weeks) → "No Lie" (2 Chainz feat. Drake) (6 weeks) (September 8, 2012)

Total weeks at #1 per decade[edit]

2000s[edit]

  • Total number weeks at #1 as a lead or featured artist
  1. 50 Cent - 58 weeks
  2. Missy Elliott - 56 weeks
  3. T.I - 49 weeks
  4. Bow Wow - 40 weeks
  5. Kanye West - 32 weeks
  6. T-Pain - 29 weeks
  7. Ludacris - 29 weeks
  8. Nelly - 25 weeks
  9. Lil' Wayne - 24 weeks
  10. Snoop Dogg - 20 weeks
  • Total number of number-one hits as a lead or featured artist
  1. 50 Cent & Bow Wow - 7
  2. T.I., Nelly & Kanye West - 6
  3. T-Pain & Ludacris - 4
  4. Chingy, Drake - 3

2010s[edit]

  • Total number weeks at #1 as a lead or featured artist
  1. Drake - 87 weeks
  2. Lil' Wayne - 53 weeks
  3. Jay Z - 25 weeks
  4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - 25 weeks
  5. Iggy Azalea - 24 weeks
  6. Pitbull - 21 weeks
  7. Kanye West - 19 weeks
  8. Eminem, Charli XCX - 18 weeks


  • Total number of number-one hits as a lead or featured artist
  1. Drake - 15
  2. Lil Wayne - 6
  3. Eminem - 4
  4. Big Sean, Chris Brown, Jay-Z - 3
  5. Kanye West, Pitbull, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Iggy Azalea, Wiz Khalifa - 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pietroluongo, Silvio (October 11, 2012). "Taylor Swift, Rihanna & PSY Buoyed by Billboard Chart Changes". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Rap Chart Changes From Sales To Airplay". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 114 (23): 10. June 8, 2002. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Marc Anthony, Toby Keith, Drake, Coldplay Score Landmark No. 1s". Billboard. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  4. ^ "Hot Rap Songs – August 30, 2014". Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "DJ Khaled's All-Star 'I'm the One' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-08.<web|url=http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7800900/snoop-doggs-biggest-hot-100-hits%7Ctitle=Snoop Dogg's Biggest Hot 100 Hits|publisher=}}
  6. ^ "Rap Songs: Week of April 02, 2005". Billboard. 2005-04-02. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  7. ^ "Rap Songs: Week of October 08, 2011". Billboard. 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  8. ^ "Rap Songs: Week of October 22, 2011". Billboard. 2011-10-22. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Mendizabal, Amaya (25 January 2016). "Drake's 'Hotline Bling' Ties Hot Rap Songs Chart Record". billboard.com. Billboard Music. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  10. ^ ""Rockstar" Hot Rap Songs Chart History". billboard.com. Billboard Music. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  11. ^ Anderson, Trevor (20 April 2018). "Drake's 'Nice For What' Scores Highest Debut Ever on Rap Airplay Chart". billboard.com. Billboard Music. Retrieved 21 April 2018.

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