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Young Thug Has Dominated the Hot 100 in 2020 Without Any Solo Projects

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Young Thug attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.

When thinking of the rappers that have had the biggest impact on 2020, you might start with Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch or Travis Scott -- or any number of other rappers -- before you got to Young Thug.

And there's good reason for that. Since unleashing his official debut LP So Much Fun last September, the rapper hasn't released a solo project of his own. His only full-length project of 2020 has been the Chris Brown collaborative mixtape Slime & B, which received mixed reviews and debuted at a modest No. 24 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Yet despite this essentially being a rest year for Young Thug in terms of solo material, he's still managed to chart a whopping new 14 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 (not counting "Hot," the So Much Fun smash that peaked at No. 11 in 2019). That's more Hot 100 hits than any of those other three rappers previously mentioned have notched this year -- and not a single one of them comes with Thug as the lone lead artist.

You might imagine that rapper's prolific chart presence in 2020 would come mostly as a result of one collaborative project. But while he's scored multiple hits each alongside Scott, Lil Uzi Vert and Gunna, only Uzi's Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World 2 (from the deluxe edition of his Eternal Atake blockbuster) can claim to be the parent LP for multiple Thugger Hot 100 entries this year.

Nevertheless, while his hits have been scattered, several have been hugely impactful. "Franchise," on which he guests (along with M.I.A.), became Travis Scott's third single to debut at No. 1 on the chart earlier this month. And his Chris Brown teamup "Go Crazy" has been one of the biggest hip-hop radio hits of the year, topping the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for for six weeks and crossing over to No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Meanwhile, entries of his have sprung from several of the year's biggest hip-hop releases, including Lil Baby's My Baby, Drake's Dark Lane Demo Tapes, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin's Savage Mode 2 and the aforementioned Lil Uzi Vert deluxe set.

It's an impressive run for a rapper who's been one of the most influential artists over the course of the last decade of popular music, but whose early-years chart performance -- largely recorded in the dawn of the streaming era -- didn't always properly reflect his larger impact. (He didn't even notch a top 40 hit on the Hot 100 as a lead artist until 2019.) Now, the stats are finally catching up to Young Thug, and even in a year where he's mostly hanging out in the sidelines, he's among the Hot 100's most unavoidable presences.

Here are Thugger's 14 hits on the chart this year, and the projects they're drawn from, in chronological order:

Jackboys feat. Young Thug, "Out West" (peak: No. 38, 1/11/120) (from Jackboys' self-titled album)

Migos, Young Thug & Travis Scott, "G N F (Give No F--ks)" (No. 48, 2/29/20) (no parent album)

A Boogie Wit da Hoodie feat. Young Thug, "Might Not Give Up" (No. 66, 2/29/20) (A Boogie Wit da Hoodie's Artist 2.0)

Lil Baby & Young Thug, "We Should" (No. 91, 3/14/20) (Lil Baby's My Turn)

Lil Uzi Vert feat. Young Thug & Gunna, "Strawberry Feels" (No. 60, 3/28/20) (Lil Uzi Vert's Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World 2)

Lil Uzi Vert feat. Young Thug, "Got the Guap" (No. 87, 3/28/20) (Lil Uzi Vert's Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World 2)

Future, Drake & Young Thug, "D4L" (No. 19, 5/16/20) (Drake's Dark Lane Demo Tapes)

Chris Brown & Young Thug, "Go Crazy" (No. 9, 8/15/20) (Chris Brown & Young Thug's Slime & B)

Future feat. Young Thug, "Harlem Shake" (No. 84, 5/30/20) (Future's High Off Life)

Gunna feat. Young Thug, "Dollaz on My Head" (No. 38, 6/06/20) (Gunna's Wunna)

DaBaby feat. Young Thug, "Blind" (No. 83, 10/24/20) (DaBaby's Blame It on Baby deluxe edition)

Travis Scott feat. Young Thug & M.I.A., "Franchise" (No. 1, 10/10/20) (no parent album)

21 Savage & Metro Boomin feat. Young Thug, "Rich N---a S--t" (No. 26, 10/17/20) (21 Savage & Metro Boomin's Savage Mode 2)

Megan Thee Stallion feat. Young Thug, "Don't Stop" (No. 30, 10/17/20) (no parent album)

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