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Nipsey Hussle Scores First Top 10 on Hot Rap Songs With ‘Racks in the Middle’

The late Nipsey Hussle scores his first top 10 on the Hot Rap Songs chart as “Racks in the Middle,” featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy, leaps 15-9 on the list dated April 20.

Streaming provides the catalyst, as the track pushes 14-7 on Rap Streaming Songs through a 44% surge to 23.7 million U.S. clicks in the week ending April 11, according to Nielsen Music. “Racks” also remains a consistent seller, as it holds at No. 5 on Rap Digital Song Sales despite a 6% slide to 8,000 sold in the same period. 

The collaboration has yet to reach any R&B or hip-hop radio charts, but airplay is improving as well. “Racks” climbed 6% to 1.9 million in format audience in the week ending April 14, according to Nielsen Music, and surges nearly 193% in weekly plays at R&B/hip-hop radio.

“Racks” has likely earned extra attention due to the fact it was Hussle's final release during his lifetime. The single reached digital retailers and streaming providers on Feb. 15, six weeks before he was fatally shot in Los Angeles on March 31.

The song’s gains help it close in on the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where it lifts 17-11, and secure the rapper’s first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 through a 44-26 sprint.


Besides “Racks,” other Hussle tracks post noteworthy gains on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “Last Time That I Checc’d,” featuring YG, steps 30-29, while “Victory Lap,” featuring Stacy Barthe, bursts 50-39. The MC also picks up his ninth career entry on the list as “Grindin All My Life” starts at No. 44.

In addition, Hussle’s Victory Lap retains its No. 1 spot on the Top Rap Albums chart for a second total week. The set, which was released in February 2018, re-entered atop the ranking the previous week as fans rallied to support his albums after his death. Lap slips 5% to 63,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 11.