Earlier this week, a debate emerged on Twitter (as they are wont to do, seemingly from the ether) about who was bigger: Nelly, hip-hop's enduring early aughts megastar, or Drake, the current king of the genre's radio (and, of course, streaming).
Given how the industry has changed in the decade or so since Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.'s heyday, it's tough to get a definitive answer either way -- but so you can draw your own conclusions, we've collected all the relevant Billboard chart stats below. Worth noting: Nelly did end the year as Billboard’s No. 1 overall artist once (2002), while Drake’s best finish thus far has been No. 3 overall (2016).
The Hot 100