In its 18th week, “Ni**as In Paris” by Jay-Z (Roc Nation) and Kanye West (Roc-A-Fella/G.O.O.D. Music) is the top rap single on the charts at the No. 6 spot, its peak position after being No. 8 last week. Still, Hov and Yeezy weren’t the only repping their squad. G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean’s record “Dance (A$$)” featuring Nicki Minaj moved up from No. 16 to No. 14 in its 10th week. Like “Ni**as In Paris,” Sean’s record was at its highest position. One spot below was Roc Nation’s J. Cole’s “Work Out” which samples Yeezy’s “The New Work Out Plan.” Cole’s song dropped one slot in its 15th week.
Hip-hop fans picked up singles from artists from other crews, too. Right behind J. Cole’s “Work Out,” Young Money’s Drake’s “Headlines” holds down the No. 16 spot after being at No. 13 last week.
In between “Headlines” and the rest of YMCMB’s abundance in the latter of the top 50 iss Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa’s song “Young, Wild & Free” featuring Bruno Mars, which stands at No. 22 after moving up seven spots from where it stood seven days ago. The collabo has now been on the chart for nine weeks.
After “Young, Wild & Free,” the next five hip-hop songs in the top 50 are straight Cash Money/Young Money. Both “Make Me Proud” featuring Nicki Minaj at No. 27 and “The Motto” featuring Lil Wayne at No. 30 are Drake’s, produced by T-Minus and feature a verse from a fellow YMCMB artist. Drizzy’s “Make Me Proud” moved up one spot since last week, while “The Motto” dropped three.
Be that as it may, Nicki and Weezy do not only appear on the charts as featured artists on the singles; they have their own records. Nicki Minaj’s track “Super Bass” remains in the top 50 after dropping 12 spots in its 33rd week, at No. 33. Lil Wayne’s “She Will” featuring Drake also took a tumble, falling six spots, but it still made the cut, in its 17th week, at No. 36. To boot, YMCMB made one final appearance at No. 37 with the crew’s leading lady’s track “Fly” featuring Rihanna. In its 16th week and parallel to “Super Bass,” “Fly” fell a dozen spots.
Rounding off the top 50isas Maybach Music’s Wale’s “Lotus Flower Bomb” featuring Miguel at its peak position after moving up two spots in its seventh week, landing it at No. 7.
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