12 Times Hip-Hop Made Billboard Chart History In The Past Year

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    Drake <a title="broke" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/07/drake-new-billboard-record/" target="_blank">broke another Billboard chart record today</a>, becoming the all-time leader in most No. 1 songs on the R&amp;B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. With Lil Wayne's Drake-assisted "Believe Me" climbing to No. 1, Drizzy passes Usher into sole possession of first place on the list with 14 chart-toppers throughout his career. But he's not the only one who has been making history; since last July, hip-hop has made such huge strides on the charts that no fewer than 12 records have been set, extended or tied by rappers as the genre keeps taking steps into the mainstream. From Lil Wayne to Eminem to Iggy Azalea, here are those 12 times that hip-hop has made Billboard history in the past year. Movin' on up. —<a title="danrys" href="https://twitter.com/danrys" target="_blank"><em>Dan Rys</em></a>
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    <strong>July 11, 2013</strong><br />There's setting records and there's making history, and the star-studded releases of June 2013—which included albums by Kanye West, J. Cole, Wale and Mac Miller all dropping within a week of each other—accomplished something that had <a title="never" href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1569799/raps-history-making-week-on-the-billboard-200-albums-chart" target="_blank">never been done before</a>. For the first time in Billboard 200 history, rap albums held down the top three spots on the chart for three consecutive weeks as J. Cole's <em>Born Sinner</em> took its turn, following Wale's <em>The Gifted</em> and Kanye West's <em>Yeezus</em>, at the chart's peak.
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    <strong>July 16, 2013</strong><br />Just a week later, Jay Z's <em>Magna Carta...Holy Grail</em> arrived at No. 1, <a title="2" href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1924866/jay-zs-magna-carta-debuts-at-no-1-on-billboard-200-chart" target="_blank">making history in two different ways</a>; the first time ever that four different hip-hop albums had topped the Billboard 200 chart in consecutive weeks, and extending Jigga's record of 13 No. 1 albums, the most in history for a solo artist. The only artist with more No. 1's than Hov is—who else?—The Beatles, with 19.
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    <strong>Sept. 25, 2013</strong><br />Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which features T.I. and Pharrell, became the <a title="longest" href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/5733206/robin-thickes-blurred-lines-breaks-record-atop-hot-rbhip-hop" target="_blank">longest-running No. 1 song</a> in the Hot R&amp;B/Hip-Hop Songs chart's history, passing Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" on its 16th week atop the list. The chart was created in 1992, and Ms. Blige had held the record down since 2006, with only Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," at 14 weeks, coming close.
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    <strong>Oct. 18, 2013</strong><br />Breaking a tie with Usher, Drake got his first taste of the record for most No. 1's on the R&amp;B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, as "Hold On We're Going Home" <a title="13" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/10/drake-sets-billboard-chart-record/" target="_blank">hit the top for Drake's 13th No. 1</a>. Usher would eventually come back and re-instate the tie, however, before Drake could make another move.
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    <strong>Nov. 7, 2013</strong><br />Upon the release of <em>The Marshall Mathers LP 2</em>, Eminem became the first artist since The Beatles in 1964 to have <a title="4" href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/eminem-lands-four-singles-in-hot-100-20131107" target="_blank">four singles in the Top 20 of Billboard's prestigious Hot 100 chart</a>, with "The Monster" (No. 3), "Berzerk" (No. 15), "Survival" (No. 16) and "Rap God" (No. 17) all coming in at the top end of the list. While a few others—50 Cent, Ludacris, T-Pain and Lil Wayne—had hit the mark in the 40 years since The Beatles set the pace, only the Fab Four and Slim Shady accomplished that feat as lead artists.
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    <strong>Mar. 25, 2014</strong><br />As <em>MMLP2</em> blew past double-platinum status, Eminem passed country star George Strait to become the <a title="2nd" href="http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/chart-alert/5944789/eminem-marks-sales-hot-100-milestones" target="_blank">second-highest-selling male artist of the Soundscan Era</a>, which dates back to 1991. It was also his 8th album—out of eight tries, no less—to sell at least two million copies, while he remains the only rapper—and only artist outside of The Backstreet Boys—with two diamond-selling albums since 1991, with <em>The Marshall Mathers LP</em> and <em>The Eminem Show</em> both surpassing 10 million sales.
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    <strong>May 23, 2014</strong><br />Kid Ink's debut album, <em>My Own Lane</em>, was spurred to a Top 5 debut in January largely due to his hit debut single, "Show Me," featuring Chris Brown. But sometimes records take a while to take hold, and it wasn't until May that Ink <a title="etch" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/05/kid-ink-sets-new-billboard-record/" target="_blank">etched his name into the history books</a>, as "Show Me" grabbed its 18th straight week at No. 1 on the Rap Airplay chart, passing Juvenile's 1999 smash "Back That Thang Up" for the record for most consecutive weeks at the top.
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    <strong>May 28, 2014</strong><br />Iggy Azalea's record-setting year kicked off with the release of <em>The New Classic</em> in April, but it was at the end of May that she officially joined the ranks of The Beatles with a unique distinction. As her single "Fancy" rose to No. 1 on the Hot 100 and Ariana Grande's "Problem," which features the Aussie rhymer, climbed to No. 2, <a title="ever" href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6099390/iggy-azalea-tops-hot-100-fancy-matches-beatles" target="_blank">Azalea became the second artist ever</a>, alongside the Fab Four, to have the Nos. 1 and 2 records in the country at the same time with their first two Hot 100 hits. She also became the 4th female rapper to ever have a No. 1 song, following in the footsteps of Lauryn Hill, Lil Kim and Shawnna.
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    <strong>June 5, 2014</strong><br />Weezy was already the record-holder for most Top 10 songs on the Hot R&amp;B/Hip-Hop Songs chart when he <a title="added" href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/6113714/lil-wayne-hip-hop-chart-record-mariah-carey" target="_blank">added to his tally</a> by notching his 39th entry into the Top 10 with "Believe Me," featuring Drake. He didn't extend his lead, however, since Drizzy still holds second place with 35 songs that fit the bill.
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    <strong>July 2, 2014</strong><br />Iggy could hardly slow down by the beginning of the month, and she <a title="distinction" href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6143261/hot-100-iggy-azalea-fancy-magic-rude-shawn-mendes" target="_blank">grabbed a third distinction</a> on July 2, as "Fancy" became the longest-running No. 1 song on the Hot 100 for a female rapper in the chart's 55-year history. With six weeks at the top, Iggy passed Lil Kim—who held the top spot for five weeks in 2001 with the posse cut "Lady Marmalade"—for sole possession of the title. Not bad for a debut album.
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    <strong>July 29, 2014</strong><br />With Lil Wayne's "Believe Me," featuring Drake, reaching No. 1 on the R&amp;B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, Drizzy <a title="title" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/07/drake-new-billboard-record/" target="_blank">took back sole possession of the title </a>for most No. 1s in the chart's history, surpassing Usher's previous record of 13. Drake had initially edged ahead of Usher with "Hold On We're Going Home" last October, only for Usher to storm back into a tie until Drizzy took control again. I guess they do have awards for that, Drake.

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