Eminem is often viewed as one of the most successful rappers ever. Yet Lil Baby – after only being in the game for a few years – is about to surpass Shady's total Hot 100 entries, a feat that could challenge his legacy.
This recent breakdown of the top 8 hip-hop artists with the most Hot 100 hits turned heads, as fans realized Lil Baby is only a single placement behind Eminem's 91. (Not to mention 12 behind Jay-Z's 102.) The list also includes songs where the artist is a featured guest.
Lil Baby's chart stats received a huge boost the other week when he and Lil Durk secured 16 spots on the Hot 100 thanks to their joint project, 'The Voice of the Heroes.' That's almost 90% of the entire album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well.
Clearly, Baby is on fire right now. But Eminem has numerous achievements very few artists can claim. For one, his record on the Hot 100 stretches across 3 decades, with his first placement, "My Name Is," coming in 1999.
That kind of longevity is rare, especially in hip-hop. Plus, the 48-year-old is among the best-selling musicians ever, having sold more than 220 million records worldwide. Without Em helping to take rap mainstream, Baby's swift rise to an A-lister may have been delayed.
Given that Baby, 26, is about half Eminem's age, he's got plenty of time to gain ground on the latter's career sales numbers. Last year, Baby's second official album, 'My Turn,' achieved 2x Platinum status and was reportedly 2020's highest-grossing release at $19 million.
Not only is Baby enjoying the spoils of his incredible wealth but his rapper friends, like Gunna, are benefitting, too. For Wunna's 28th birthday, Baby casually hooked him up with $100k cash…packaged in a shoebox.
Baby's bank account is poised to grow even more as concerts return. He was recently announced as one of the headliners for Jay-Z's upcoming Made in America festival hosted in Philly. 2-day passes are still available for $150.