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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]

Contents

1 Chart statistics and other facts

1.1 Artists with the most number-one singles 1.2 Artists with the most consecutive weeks at number-one 1.3 Artists simultaneously occupying the top three positions 1.4 Songs with the most weeks at number-one 1.5 Songs with highest debut on chart 1.6 Self-replacement at number one

1.6.1 Lead artist 1.6.2 Featured artist 1.6.3 Combined (lead and featured artist) 1.6.4 Total weeks at #1 per decade

1.7 2000s 1.8 2010s

2 See also 3 References 4 External links

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] 5. Jay-Z - 7 5. Lil' Kim - 7 5. LL Cool J - 7 6. T.I. - 6 6. Eminem - 6 6. Nicki Minaj - 6 7. Mase - 5 7. Nelly - 5 8. The Notorious B.I.G. - 4 8. Snoop Dogg - 4[6] 8. Chubb Rock - 4 8. Ice Cube - 4 8. Public Enemy - 4

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

29 weeks - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ("Thrift Shop", "Can't Hold Us") 21 weeks - Lil Wayne ("Lollipop", "A Milli") 20 weeks - Drake ("I'm On One", "Headlines"); Kanye West ("Good Life"); T-Pain ("Low"); T.I. ("Whatever You Like", "Live Your Life") 19 weeks - 50 Cent ("Candy Shop", "Hate It Or Love It", "Just A Lil Bit")

Note: Above chart only considers songs that charted in 2004 or later Artists simultaneously occupying the top three positions[edit]

50 Cent: April 2, 2005[3][7]

"Candy Shop" (featuring Olivia) (No. 1 April 2, 2005) "Hate It or Love It" (with Game) (No. 2 April 2, 2005) "How We Do" (with Game) (No. 3 April 2, 2005)

Drake: October 8, 2011 through October 22, 2011[3][8][9]

"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) "Headlines" (No. 2 October 8 and No. 1 October 15, and October 22, 2011) "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 “Hotline Bling” Drake 2015-16 [10]

“Fancy” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 2014 [10]

“Hot Boyz” Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott featuring Lil' Mo, Nas, Eve and Q-Tip 1999-2000 [10]

15 “See You Again” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 2015 [10]

“Timber” Pitbull featuring Kesha 2014 [10]

“Thrift Shop” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz 2013 [10]

“Best I Ever Had” Drake 2009 [10]

14 “Can’t Hold Us” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton 2013 [10]

“The Motto” Drake featuring Lil Wayne 2012 [10]

“Lollipop” Lil Wayne featuring Static Major 2008 [10]

“Flava in Ya Ear” Craig Mack 1994 [10]

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]

Bow Wow — "Let Me Hold You" (Bow Wow feat. Omarion) (7 weeks) → "Like You" (Bow Wow feat. Ciara) (4 weeks) (September 10, 2005) Lil Wayne — "Lollipop" (Lil Wayne feat. Static Major) (14 weeks) → "A Milli" (7 weeks) (July 26, 2008) T.I. — "Whatever You Like" (10 weeks) → "Live Your Life" (T.I. feat. Rihanna) (10 weeks) (November 29, 2008) Drake — "Make Me Proud" (Drake feat. Nicki Minaj) (1 week) → "The Motto" (Drake feat. Lil Wayne) (14 weeks) (February 18, 2012) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — "Thrift Shop" (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz) (15 weeks) → "Can't Hold Us" (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton) (14 weeks) (May 4, 2013)

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

50 Cent - 58 weeks Missy Elliott - 56 weeks T.I - 49 weeks Bow Wow - 40 weeks Kanye West - 32 weeks T-Pain - 29 weeks Ludacris - 29 weeks Nelly - 25 weeks Lil' Wayne - 24 weeks Snoop Dogg - 20 weeks

Total number of number-one hits as a lead or featured artist

50 Cent & Bow Wow - 7 T.I., Nelly & Kanye West - 6 T-Pain & Ludacris - 4 Chingy, Drake - 3

2010s[edit]

Total number weeks at #1 as a lead or featured artist

Drake - 87 weeks Lil' Wayne - 53 weeks Nicki Minaj - 33 weeks Jay Z - 25 weeks Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - 25 weeks Iggy Azalea - 24 weeks Pitbull - 21 weeks Kanye West - 19 weeks Eminem, Charli XCX - 18 weeks

Total number of number-one hits as a lead or featured artist

Drake - 15 Lil Wayne - 6 Nicki Minaj - 5 Eminem - 4 Big Sean, Chris Brown, Jay-Z - 3 Kanye West, Pitbull, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Iggy Azalea, Wiz Khalifa - 2

See also[edit]

List of number-one rap singles of 2018 (U.S.) Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Billboard charts

References[edit]

^ Pietroluongo, Silvio (October 11, 2012). "Taylor Swift, Rihanna & PSY Buoyed by Billboard Chart Changes". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 4, 2014.  ^ "Rap Chart Changes From Sales To Airplay". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 114 (23): 10. June 8, 2002. Retrieved October 17, 2013.  ^ a b c d "Marc Anthony, Toby Keith, Drake, Coldplay Score Landmark No. 1s". Billboard. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-03.  ^ "Hot Rap Songs – August 30, 2014". Retrieved April 28, 2015.  ^ "DJ Khaled's All-Star 'I'm the One' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-08.  ^ "Snoop Dogg's Biggest Hot 100 Hits".  ^ "Rap Songs: Week of April 02, 2005". Billboard. 2005-04-02. Retrieved 2011-10-03.  ^ "Rap Songs: Week of October 08, 2011". Billboard. 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-03.  ^ "Rap Songs: Week of October 22, 2011". Billboard. 2011-10-22. Retrieved 2011-10-27.  ^ 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.  ^ 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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