7 Rap Songs That Have Debuted at No. 1 on Hot 100 in Billboard History

Remy Gelenidze

Billboard has listed all the 34 singles that have reached straight number one spot in its first week of release on the Hot 100. We have looked through the list and it turns out there is only 7 raps songs that debuted at No.1 in Billboard history. 

Eminem’s “Not Afraid” from Recovery became the first rap song in 12 years to debut at number 1 on the charts. It also marked Eminem’s first single to go straight at No.1 after a week of its release.

You can check the full list below: 

1. Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112 – “I’ll Be Missing You”
Chart Debut Date: June 14, 1997

2. Lauryn Hill – “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
Chart Debut Date: November 14, 1998

3. Eminem “Not Afraid”
Chart Debut Date: May 22, 2010

4. DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m The One”
Chart Debut Date: May 20, 2017

5. Drake – “God’s Plan”
Chart Debut Date: February 3, 2018

6. Drake – “Nice for What”
Chart Debut Date: April 21, 2018

7. Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Chart Debut Date: May 19, 2018

Drake is the only artist to appear twice on the list and Lauryn Hill is the only female rapper who has managed to debut at number one on Billboard charts. 

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