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Drake Surpasses Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Even the Beatles. What’s Next for The King of Rap?

Drake Tops the Rap Charts Again - Businessweek

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The news follows Billboard’s announcement this week that Drake has now reached its Hot 100 chart 73 times—surpassing the Beatles, who did it 72 times—with his appearance on ILoveMakonnen’s single Tuesday. Yes, it was a guest verse. But that’s why artists pay the Canadian rapper a lot of money to furnish their songs. He gets them more listeners.

How do we account for Drake’s dominance? He’s a B-grade rapper and a C-grade singer at best. But he’s the first rap star to combine these two talents in a way that doesn’t turn off the hard-core hip-hop fans. And for all his boasting about selling records and consorting with strippers—and even a Hooters waitress—Drake is a guy with feelings. His best tracks have a moodiness and vulnerability that’s rare in his game of choice. Apparently the combination is irresistible.

He's doing it with guest appearances on other peoples' songs.

At least the Beatles hit the Hot 100 seventy two times with their own music.

And yet the title "King of Rap" doesn't quite fit.

He's not my king. I didn't vote for him.

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