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Kanye West’s ‘Father Stretch My Hands’ Hits No. 1 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart

Kanye West collects his eighth No. 1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart as “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” steps 4-1, gaining 10 percent in spins. As “Hands” rises to the top, the cut becomes the first track from West’s The Life of Pablo album, released earlier this year, to crown any Billboard hip-hop or rhythmic-based airplay ranking.


With “Hands” at the summit, West scores his first leader on the chart in more than four years, since “Mercy,” his collaboration with Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz, earned the first of four weeks at the pinnacle in July 2012.

Here’s a look at the rapper’s eight leaders on the chart to date:

Kanye West’s No. 1s on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart:
Title (Weeks at No. 1), Peak Date

“Slow Jamz,” Twista featuring Kanye West & Jamie Foxx (five weeks), Jan. 31, 2004
“Gold Digger,” featuring Jamie Foxx (four weeks), Oct. 1, 2005
“Put On,” Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West (two weeks), Aug. 23, 2008
“Knock You Down,” Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo (one week), June 27, 2009
“Run This Town,” with Jay Z & Rihanna (one week), Oct. 31, 2009
“Marvin & Chardonnay,” Big Sean featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash (one week), Oct. 15, 2011
“Ni**as in Paris,” with Jay Z (three weeks), Nov. 12, 2011
“Mercy,” with Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz (four weeks), July 7, 2012
“Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1” (one week to date), Oct. 29, 2016

In addition, “Hands” reaches No. 1 in its 17th charting week, the longest climb to the summit by a rapper in more than a decade. The last track by a rapper as a lead act to take more than 17 weeks to hit No. 1 was Lil Jon’s “Snap Ya Fingers,” featuring E-40 & Sean Paul of the YoungBloodZ, which needed 21 weeks to reach the top in July 2006.