The 50th anniversary of hip hop has brought about a wave of excitement and celebration among hip hop fans worldwide. And Spotify has joined in on the festivities by releasing its highly anticipated list of the 50 most streamed rappers on the RapCaviar playlist. The list features some of the biggest names in the game, including fallen SoundCloud superstars XXXTentacion and Juice WRLD, as well as Kanye West, Eminem, and Drake.
Drake, the 6 God himself, emerged as the supreme stream leader among rappers on Spotify with an astounding 70.3 million monthly listeners on the platform, thanks to his two billion-plus streamed hits God's Plan and One Dance. It's no surprise that last February, he made history by becoming the first artist to cross 75 billion collective streams on Spotify.
But Drake isn't just celebrating his win; he's also advocating for artists to be treated like sports stars and receive bonuses after surpassing streaming milestones. In an Instagram story, he wrote, "We should get bonuses like athletes to motivate the future artists to be consistent and competitive…So feel free to send me a LeBron-sized check, I have enough dinner plates." With 12 Billboard 200 No. 1 albums under his belt, Drake is truly a force to be reckoned with. And he shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he's gearing up for his forthcoming It's All a Blur Tour, which kicks off later this month in Memphis, Tennessee. Joined by 21 Savage on the multi-city trek, we can expect Drizzy to continue dominating the charts and the stage.
Hip hop has been a cultural phenomenon for 50 years now, and its impact continues to be felt today. Drake's reign as the most streamed rapper on Spotify is a testament to his hard work and dedication to the craft. And with other greats like Eminem and Kanye West also on the list, it's clear that hip hop's influence will continue to shape the music industry for years to come.