Hip Hop has hailed in supremacy as the most popular genre of music for years. Since 2017 to b exact. Honestly, things don’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. On March 10, Chart Data revealed the list of the top 10 most-streamed artists in the U.S. in the 1st quarter of 2022 so far. To nobody's surprise, seven of them are rappers.
The mainstream powerhouse and brand that is Drake, lead the top 10 with a mind-blowing 1.4 billion streams in the first 10 weeks of the year. That's counting all the the numbers across all platforms, but is staggeringly huge nonetheless. And to make this even more impressive, is the fact he hasn’t even released any music this year. Most of his streams this year come from his chart topping album of 2021, Certified Lover Boy. The project has since surpassed two billion streams on Spotify alone, and is more than well on the way to a double platinum status.
Right behind Drake is one of Hip Hop’s biggest and most controversial young stars, Youngboy Never Broke Again, who has racked up 1.3 billion streams. The 22-year-old Baton Rouge artist has alreadyreleased two projects this year already: the January project entitled 'Colors', followed by the full-length collaboration album with Da Baby. That project dropped in March and is called 'Better Than You'.
Out of the rest of the top 10, the late star Juice WRLD ranks at No. 5 with 1.1 billion streams, Kanye West slides in sixth place with 840 million streams, Eminem comes in at No. 7 with 710 million streams. Bolstered by his top 5-charting single, 'Super Gremlin' and 'Back For Everything' album, Kodak Black's 660 million streams put him at No. 8 on the list, tied with soulful rap singer Rod Wave. Check out the full list below.