Drake Takes His Place Beside Biggie in Billboard Chart History

This is the only time you're going to read the names Drake and Notorious B.I.G. in the same sentence.

Since the days of Adam and Eve, it’s been said that success is the sweetest revenge.

If Drake believes in this ancient proverb he doesn't have to look any farther than the charts for proof. His latest single, “Summer Sixteen,” has officially debuted at number 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop song chart. We predicted that the song would be playing from the winter well into the warmer months and its launch straight to the top only further proves that Drake has the Midas touch. 

Notably, though, Billboard reported that only 13 songs have ever been able to start at the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and Drake is now one of only three artists in chart history to ever achieve that feat twice, joining only Rihanna and, you guessed it, Biggie. 

It should come as no surprise that Rihanna is on that list, radio adores her. Drake being the third addition is not going to drop any jaws, he’s beloved by radio like no other artist today, but before their time, the throne belonged to B.I.G. Smalls hit it big twice with “One More Chance” in 1995 and “Hypnotize” in 1997, two songs that wrecked radio and positioned Biggie above all. Who could have predicted that almost under 20 years later, Drake would be at the same table as the notorious one? The only thing these two artists have in common is their connection with Puffy, one as a signed artist and the other as a punching bag.

This is a good reminder that Biggie’s gift went beyond stunning lyricism, he had records for radio but never had to make a “Hotline Bling” to swim in their waters. Drake’s rise is far from that of B.I.G.’s, I never imagined that the two would be mentioned in the same sentence, but in this game stranger things have happened.

With Views From The Six coming soon, Drake could very well release the single that breaks the record and sends him above one of the best to ever do it.

On that day, the internet will truly break. Scary.

Fun fact: The "6!" that's heard at the end of Drake's "6 Man" is sampled from Biggie's Ten Crack Commandments

[By Yoh, aka Lil Yoh From The 404, aka @Yoh31Art by Cesar.]



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