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Lil Nas X has the surprise hit of 2019 so far with his oddball trap-country song, "Old Town Road," but his viral success won't be seen on one chart. Rolling Stone reports that Billboard removed "Old Town Road" from its Hot Country Songs chart one week after the track debuted at No.
Nearly every artist has their own dedicated legion of fans, or "stans," whether it's Nicki Minaj's Barbz or Ariana Grande's Arianators. The term originates from Eminem's 2000 song, "Stan," where he raps from the perspective of a fan desperate for the Detroit MC's attention.
In the past year, we've seen a number of tracks make a major impact on the Genius and Billboard charts, thanks in part to the lip-sync social video app TikTok.
Today, rappers like Ski Mask the Slump God, Sheck Wes, and 6ix9ine are known for their boisterous flows. Hip-hop has always been loud, however, and yelling has been an outlet for MCs to express their emotions on wax since its early days. Run-D.M.C.
Atlanta trio Migos hasn't slowed down in 2018, beginning with their second No. 1 album, 'Culture II,' in late January. Since then, the ubiquitous rap group continued with their usual flurry of guest verses. Quavo and Takeoff have also dropped solo projects, with an Offset album reportedly arriving before the year's end.
Since the debut of Nickelodeon's animated series 'SpongeBob Squarepants' in April 1999, the show has been referenced in hundreds of hip-hop lyrics. After being name-checked on D12's song "Keep Talkin'" in 2004, SpongeBob himself has been mentioned over 100 times on songs by artists ranging from Wu-Tang Clan to Smokepurpp.
The release of Chief Keef's 2012 debut studio album 'Finally Rich' secured his status as an icon for today's rappers. He's part of a generation of Chicago rappers who redefined the Midwest's sound with drill music, the trap sub-genre known for its gritty beats and grim lyrics, but his influence goes far beyond the Windy City.
Drake's 'Scorpion' isn't a scorched earth rebuttal record, with Drizzy opting to largely go the introspective route, but it certainly sounds like he's addressing his heavily publicized beef with Pusha T on "8 Out of 10."
Atlanta rapper Young Thug has transformed hip-hop since releasing his earliest mixtapes in 2011. His impact on the genre is undeniable, whether it's his distinct sound, unmistakable flow, or fashion sense. Not only have many rappers tried to copy Thug's musical style, they've also taken cues from his relentless work ethic, too.
After debuting on the App Store in 2013, the video sharing app Vine didn't take long to form a close relationship with hip-hop. In addition to rappers making their own Vines, they frequently referenced viral clips in their songs.
Luxury watchmaker Patek Philippe is one of the most popular brands in hip-hop, with frequent references by artists such as Migos, Young Thug, Future, and even Beyoncé. One-third of the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017 included a Patek mention, and the trend continues in 2018 with 13 tracks charting to date.
Drake's "In My Feelings" is taking over the airwaves, and looks set to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart next week. In addition to the dance videos set to the song's catchy beat, one of the biggest memes that emerged from the song comes from its opening lyrics.
The beef between Tory Lanez and Joyner Lucas has resulted in a handful of diss tracks and social media taunting, but now Lanez is saying that he has won the battle. The Toronto artist held a moment of silence for Lucas' career at a concert in his hometown on November 23.
Dancing has been an integral part of hip-hop culture since B-boying, or Breaking, became popularized alongside the genre in the '80s. Several popular moves followed throughout the decade, including the Running Man and Cabbage Patch, while the '90s brought the Humpty Dance, Crip Walk, and P-Poppin' (or Twerking) to the mainstream.