Canadian rapper Drake  overtakes Jay-Z  as the rapper with the most No. 1s in the history of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week with a jump to the top as the featured guest on 2 Chainz's "No Lie," bringing the former's total of leaders to 10.
Rap icon Jay-Z pegged his ninth leader with his Kanye West  collaboration "Ni**as In Paris" last November, while Drake tied HOVA at nine No. 1s in February when he topped the list -in back-to-back fashion- with a pair of singles from the smash "Take Care" album; "Make Me Proud," featuring Nicki Minaj , and "The Motto," featuring Lil Wayne .
In an era where featured artist listings are plentiful, it's no surprise that Drake has had more leaders (seven) as a guest act (on tracks by artists such as Trey Songz, Timbaland, Nicki Minaj and DJ Khaled) than he has had as a lead artist. Other than the aforementioned "Take Care" chart-toppers from earlier this year, Drake hit No. 1 with his first charting single, "Best I Ever Had," in June 2009, on which he was the sole credited act.
Among his nine No. 1s, Jay-Z's has been the lead voice on four, including his shared credits on "Ni**as" and "Empire State of Mind" with Alicia Keys (2009). Unlike Drake, Jay-Z's first time in the No. 1 spotlight was earned with a guest role on Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" in 1999, three years after his chart debut with the No. 17-peaking "Ain't No Ni**a," featuring Foxy Brown.
Drake's quick ascension to a double-digit No. 1 tally is quite impressive, as it's been just three years, one month and three weeks since he claimed his first No. 1 and only five weeks longer than that since he first graced the list. By contrast, it took Jay-Z longer (three years, six months and one week) just to get his first No. 1 from the time of his initial chart appearance, while 12 years and one month passed between his first and ninth No. 1s.
Here is a list of the rappers with the most No. 1s in the history of Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart:
Lil Wayne (8)
Kanye West (6)
50 Cent (4)
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