"Laugh Now Cry Later" makes for his unprecedented 21st champ on the list.
Ten weeks after it debuted at No. 2, Drake's "Laugh Now Cry Later," featuring Lil Durk, ascends to the top spot on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and, in the process, secures Drake's record-breaking 21st leader on the chart, rewriting the record he shared with Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder for the most No. 1s since the chart began as an all-encompassing genre ranking in 1958.
"Laugh" rises 2-1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart dated Nov. 7, despite a dip in overall chart activity. The single, expected to appear on Drake's forthcoming Certified Lover Boy album in January 2021, entered at No. 2 on the list dated Aug. 29 and spent nine of its first 10 weeks in the runner-up slot, consistently unable to overtake the pop-culture phenom of Cardi B's "WAP," featuring Megan Thee Stallion. In the outlier week, "WAP" and "Laugh" ranked at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, behind the No. 1 arrival of Travis Scott's "Franchise," featuring Young Thug and M.I.A.
Now, "Laugh" unseats "WAP," which slides 1-3 after 10 weeks in command.