OK, so it’s probably not the # 1 seal-breaking break hip-hop fans will choose: a classic rock-tipped, pop-leaning crossover song, suburban Robert-born artist Van Winkle, the white MC controversial reliability. Still, this is still the first major chart in rap history: the culmination of some smaller breakouts in the past decade, and the start of hip-hop’s many historic No. 1 spots after. this.
Here are the 15 most important first rap songs in the history of the Billboard Hot 100:
1. Hot 100’s first rap: “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang (36, December 1, 80)
The first single to introduce hip-hop that became mainstream entered the Top 40 of the Hot 100 in the early 1980s, demonstrating the growing cross-genre influence the genre would have throughout. decade. The popularity quickly also thanks to The Jaggerz’s “The Rapper”, which has nothing to do with hip-hop as a genre, but has brought “rap” in some form to No. 2 on the Hot 100 at the beginning. 1970s.
2. The first No.1 hit with a rap: “Rapture” by Blondie (No.1, 3/28/81)
With the disco back groove, the falsetto-sung hook and the rock band’s make-up, you wouldn’t exactly call the new wave’s great songs the Hot 100 No. single. Blondie’s Wednesday and Last 1 is a rap song. But it does contain a landmark rap from the heroine Debbie Harry – about “The Man from Mars” and the first critically acclaimed hip-hop icons are Grandmaster Flash and Fab 5 Freddy, who The latter also appeared in the song’s music video, an early-one favorite MTV.
3. First top 10 rap hit song: Run-DMC’s “Walk This Way” (No 4, September 27, 86)
The famous wall break between rock and rap – literally, in the case of the song’s famous music video – brought rap star Run-DMC into the top 10 of the Hot 100 for the first time, with boosted from Aerosmith, whose original version of the song peaked at number 10 in 1977. This was one of Run-DMC’s many first raps, also the first to be played on MTV, the first. appears on the cover of Rolling Stone, and the first rap repertoire with an LP topped the Billboard 200 albums chart.
4. The first rap with many hits in the top 10: Tone Loc (“Wild Thing,” No. 2, 2/18/89; “Funky Cold Medina,” No. 3, 4/29/89)
It was Tone Loc’s year in 1989, when the slow and slow MC became the first rapper to hit many top 10 hits, including her debut album. Loc-ed After Dark). The successive blows marked an explosion of unprecedented success for a single rap artist; Unfortunately, that’s also the total of the 40 highest peaks of Tone’s career, as he has never ranked a single higher than 80 on the Hot 100 after that.
5. First rap performance with guest credits on top 10 hit: Eric B. & Rakim (Jody Watley’s “Friends”, August 26, 1989)
Six years before Mariah Carey and Ol ‘Dirty Bastard set the standard for pop-response-rap crossovers with their “Fantasy” remix, late 80s star Jody Watley invited hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim as a guest. Larger than life single “Friends.” It not only topped the chart for the first 10 features for a rap artist in any single single, but also marked the only trip by the legendary rap artist to make it together into the top 40 – the duo only recorded got a Hot 100 hit as the lead artist, “Juice (Know the Ledge)” number 96 peaked in 1992.
6. The first rap group to hit No.1: Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch feat. “Good deeds” by Loleatta Holloway (5/10/91)
Nearly a year after Vanilla Ice scored its first rap at No. 1 on the Hot 100, Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch became the first rap group to top the chart, with a hip- hybrid track. house “Good News” by Loleatta Holloway. “Marky Mark, better known as Mark Wahlberg and then best known as Donnie Wahlberg’s brother in New Kids on the Block, will of course be even more successful as an actor. cinema in the late 90s and 00s.
7. Rapper First Black with the hit No.1: PM Dawn, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” (November 30, 91)
Although the two members of Funky Bunch (Scott “Scottie Gee” Ross and Anthony “Ashley Ace” Thomas) are black, Marky Mark (the only MC to actually rap about the song) is white, making it white. two consecutive champions were scored by the white rapper. That record was finally broken eight weeks later, when Black New Jersey’s brother duo PM Dawn, Spandau Ballet’s sampled track “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” hit the top of the chart. .
8. The first rap song to the top BillboardsHot 100 year-end: “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995) by Coolio
Other rap singles that finished near the top: Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” finished at No. 2 after Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” on BillboardsHot 100 was late in 1992, while Tag Team’s “Whoomp! There It Is” took second place after Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” in 1993. But this was the first song to top at the end of the year Hot 100 was Coolio’s “Gangsta Paradise” in 1995, after sampling Stevie Wonder Dangerous thoughts the soundtrack single dominated the Hot 100 for three weeks in September of that year and spent another nine weeks at No. 2.
9. The first rap artist to receive guest credit for hit number 1: Dr. Dre (“No Diggity” by Blackstreet, 9/11/96)
Although Dr. Dre has long established his talent as one of the great hip-hop artists of all time in 1996, and even scored his second hit single as an artist. with Snoop Dogg’s “Nuthin ‘But a’ G ‘. Thang” in 1993, his first No. 1 spot became Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” featured in 1996. Rapper Queen Pen, who also had a cameo line on the song, was not listed on its official credit sheet.) Dre was also unable to take the second number 1 spot as a guest that year as was part of 2Pac’s hit “California Love”, but that single topped the Hot 100 for 2Pac as a duet track with “How Do U Want It”, and only cameo guests for that song (K -Ci & JoJo) listed on official credit rating.
10. The first song with many rap artists on record for No. 1: Puff Daddy feat. Mase, “No one can keep me” (March 22, 1997)
After years of behind-the-scenes work as the founder of Bad Boy Records and the right-hand man of Notorious BIG, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs released his first solo single “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” right away. immediately went to success in 1997.He got help, however: Bad Boy’s newest subscriber, Mase, was also featured on the single, marking the first top 10 Hot 100 for both. the first artist and Hot 100 No.1 of any kind with many rap artists recorded.
11. A rapper’s 1st No. 1: The Notorious BIG’s “Hypnosis” (March 5, 1997)
Although the irresistible “Hypnofying” was likely to hit major charts in 1997, the song soared to the Hot 100 following the death of born artist Christopher Wallace on March 9 The song topped the chart in early May, replacing Bad Boy co-stars Puff Daddy and Mase at the top of the chart, becoming the late rapper’s first Hot 100 – and Biggie got it. added a second No. 1 in August of that year, this time with Puff Daddy and Mase also joining “Mo Money, Mo Problems.”
12. First rap song debuted at No. 1: Puff Daddy & Faith Evans feat. 112, “I’ll miss you” (June 14, 1997)
After the success of “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” and the tragic death of The Notorious BIG, very few rap singles in history have been predicted as Puff Daddy’s next tribute to his deceased friend and His business partner, Police- took the “I’ll miss you.” The song debuted unsurprisingly at number 1 – the first rap single ever to do so – and stayed there for 11 weeks, simultaneously becoming the longest-dominating hip-hop number 1 song until at that moment.
13. The first female artist’s rap song to hit No. 1: “Doo Wop (That Thing!)” By Lauryn Hill (November 14, 1998)
While the singles by breakout MCs Queen Latifah, Salt-n-Pepa, MC Lyte, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott and many others all entered the Hot 100 before 1998, no female rapper topped the chart. ranked ahead of Fugees’ Lauryn Hill star. Her breakout solo single “Doo Wop (That Thing!)”, which topped the charts and lasted two weeks on top. This is the only female rapper singles that no other artists recorded reaching No. 1 until Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” 19 years later.
14. First rap artist to replace me at 1st place: Ja Rule (Ja Rule feat. Ashanti, “Always on Time” -> Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule, “Ain’t It Funny,” September 3 / 02)
In the early 00’s, Ja Rule got himself a comfortable role as a duet partner for male-female pop-rap collaborations, scoring several big hits alongside Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti. and Christina Milian. Two of them became No. 1 in a row in early 2002, when Ja’s Ashanti with “Always on Time” was successful atop the Hot 100 by his group “Ain’t It Funny”, making the rapper born. Jeffrey Atkins was the first MC to replace himself at No. 1.
15. The first rap artist becomes BillboardsYear-end Hot 100 Artist of the Year: Drake (2016)
Although it seems strange that the first rapper is at the top BillboardsThe year-end Hot 100 artist list will come 21 years after the first rap song topped the Hot 100 at the end of the year, it is worth noting that the artist rankings introduced by Billboards in 2006, so it is quite possible that a rap artist will top it sooner if it comes out. However, it still takes a decade – unless you include the Jamaican dancer MC Sean Paul, who topped the first list in 2006 – for a rapper to win the top title of the chart. rank, until Drake dominated in 2016, where he earned No. 1 both as a standout artist on Rihanna’s “Work” and (for the first time) as main artist in the group 10 week “One Dance”.
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