Drake Surpasses Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Even the Beatles. Whatâ€™s Next for The King of Rap?
Geege Schuman stashed this in Celebrity
The news follows Billboardâ€™s announcement this week that Drake has now reached its Hot 100 chart 73 timesâ€”surpassing the Beatles, who did it 72 timesâ€”with his appearance on ILoveMakonnenâ€™s single Tuesday. Yes, it was a guest verse. But thatâ€™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 Drakeâ€™s dominance? Heâ€™s a B-grade rapper and a C-grade singer at best. But heâ€™s the first rap star to combine these two talents in a way that doesnâ€™t turn off the hard-core hip-hop fans. And for all his boasting about selling records and consorting with strippersâ€”and even a Hooters waitressâ€”Drake is a guy with feelings. His best tracks have a moodiness and vulnerability thatâ€™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.