Chart Beat

Black History Month: 14 First-Time No. 1 Acts on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart Under 30

David Rams


Between Beyoncé's baby news and President Donald Trump's two-week-old administration, the Internet has been an emotional wreck. Luckily, February offers an opportunity for light and reflection with Black History Month, as African-Americans who were and continue to be pioneers in their respective fields are remembered and celebrated.

To usher in Black History Month, Billboard shouts out musical upstarts under 30 who have already notched their first No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as the lead artists on a track over the past six years. Stay tuned this month for a larger ranking that salutes the genres' all-time greats.

Migos, “Bad and Boujee”

No. 1 Chart Date: 1/21/2017

Ages: Quavo, 22; Offset, 22; Takeoff, 19

Rae Sremmurd, “Black Beatles”

No. 1 Chart Date: 11/26/2016

Ages: Swae Lee, 21; Slim Jxmmi, 22

D.R.A.M., “Broccoli” feat. Lil Uzi Vert

No. 1 Chart Date: 10/8/2016

Age: D.R.A.M., 28

Desiigner, “Panda”

No. 1 Chart Date: 5/7/2016

Age: 19

Alessia Cara, “Here”

No. 1 Chart Date: 1/30/2016

Age: 20

Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again” 

No. 1 Chart Date: 4/25/2015

Age: 26

The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”

No. 1 Chart Date: 4/11/2015 

Age: 24

Bobby Shmurda, “Hot Boy”

No. 1 Chart Date: 11/22/2014

Age: 20

Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”

No. 1 Chart Date: 6/7/2014

Age: 24

Wale, "Lotus Flower Bomb"

No. 1 Chart Date: 12/31/2011

Age: 27

Big Sean, "Marvin & Chardonnay"

No. 1 Chart Date: 10/8/2011

Age: 23

Miguel, “Sure Thing” 

No. 1 Chart Date: 5/28/2011

Age: 25

Nicki Minaj, "Moment 4 Life"

No. 1 Chart Date: 2/26/2011

Age: 28

Melanie Fiona, “It Kills Me” 

No. 1 Chart Date: 1/9/2010

Age: 26