10 Rappers Who Ruled Summer 2016
Summer '16 feels like it's officially in the books even though the last day of the season is Sept. 22. And while the days of barbecues, day parties and late sunsets may be fleeting, the music that served as the soundtrack for the season will live on past the calendar year. Hip-hop's domination of the Billboard charts has been more prevalent than ever. The numbers don't lie.
Drake undoubtedly had the summer on lock. It's almost if he knew he'd be unstoppable given the name of his North American tour. His newest album, Views, which dropped in April, is currently the only album to go triple platinum this year. The LP birthed reggae and Afrobeat-inspired bangers "One Dance" and "Too Good" -- perfect for any summer turn up. According to Spotify, these tracks were the most streamed songs from June to August in America.
And you didn't need to be a big name to claim Summer 2016 as your own. Brooklyn rapper Young M.A blew up seemingly out of nowhere when her infectious song "OOOUUU" received overwhelming love online. The track was remixed by the likes of French Montana, Jadakiss and Nicki Minaj. M.A even got a cosign from 50 Cent based off the bars and buzz.
And even though he's not a rapper, DJ Khaled definitely deserves an honorable mention on this list. The Miami-based personality has been churning out rap hits for years, but it wasn't until his Major Key album, released in July, that his inspirational personality really took off. Spawned from his hilariously-curated Snapchat fandom, Khaled's album boasts "For Free" and "Do You Mind." Add in his hosting duties at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards and Khaled's summer was lit.
Find out which rappers really ruled Summer 2016 in the gallery above.