This year saw Ice Spice score multiple Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. As a result, Billboard has named Ice Spice as the outlet’s 2023 R&B/Hip-Hop Rookie Of The Year.
“I have put in so much hard work, and it means a lot to be recognized for it and have more than just plaques to show for it,” Spice told the long-running music magazine.
Ice Spice started 2023 by linking up with British singer PinkPantheress for the “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2” collaboration, which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100.
Ice Spice also connected with rap superstar Nicki Minaj for two songs this year. Both “Princess Diana” (No. 4) and “Barbie World” (No. 7) made it into the Hot 100’s Top 10.
Taylor Swift embraced the rap upstart as well. The 12x-Grammy Award winner tapped Spice for “Karma,” which just missed the top spot on the Hot 100, landing at No. 2.
The Like..? EP rapper has the chance to pick up four Grammys at the February 2024 ceremony: Best New Artist, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Billboard also released its Top New Artists year-end chart. Ice Spice placed at No. 4 behind country singer Zach Bryan (No. 1), Latin singer Peso Pluma (No. 2) and country singer Bailey Zimmerman (No. 3).
Ice Spice also finished at No. 5 on 2023’s Hot 100 Artists – Female chart. R&B vocalist SZA led that list. Taylor Swift (No. 2), Miley Cyrus (No. 3) and Olivia Rodrigo (No. 4) rounded out the rest of the Top 5.
Latto hit the jackpot with “Seven,” her new collab with BTS’ Jung Kook, which has risen to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking the first time a rapper has had a No. 1 song on the chart in 2023.
On Monday (July 24), Billboard announced the updated top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which revealed Jung Kook’s new single “Seven” with Latto is in the top spot. This marks the “Big Energy” rapper’s first No. 1. Jung is now the second member of the K-Pop boy band to have a No. 1 record after Jimin’s “Like Crazy” debuted No. 1 in April. Other rappers with songs on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart include Gunna (“F*kumean), which sits at No. 6., and Lil Durk and J. Cole (“All My Life”), which is No. 10.
It’s been rough sledding for hip-hop in 2023. The genre has only had one album to top the Billboard 200 chart this year, Lil Uzi Vert’s Pink Tape, which dropped on June 30. Last month, Coi Leray called for unity among female rappers and urged them to come together to make 2023’s first No. 1 hit. It looks like Latto hit the winning number first.
The NYC rapper first shared a snippet of the track during Friday’s (Sept. 9) episode of Queen Radio. She revealed BIA and JT of the City Girls are on the remix and also teased the song has six verses.
“There were 5 verses on the #queenMix,” Nicki Minaj tweeted. “But someone else demanded to be a part of the celebration @ the last minute chi. CLAIM YOUR VERSE NOW. WITHOUT HEARING IT, GUESS WHICH VERSE WILL BE YOUR FAVE NOW!!!! You can choose up to 2 verses. Only comment once!!!”
Nicki Minaj Previewed ‘Queen Mix’ On Queen Radio
The Barbz heard the full version of Queen Mix just moments before it was released, getting an advanced look at all the features. Alongside JT and BIA, Nicki Minaj is joined by Katie Got Bandz, Akbar V, and Maliibu Mitch. Her alter ego Roman also makes an appearance at the end of the track, which clocks in at nearly four minutes long. Stream ‘Super Freaky Girl Queen Mix’ at the end of the page.
While some fans questioned why Nicki’s choice of features, a retweet from the rapper explained her selection.
Some of her collaborators took to social media to celebrate Nicki Minaj and the Queen Mix. Chicago drill rapper Katie got Bandz paid tribute to Nicki, declaring, “I LOVE YOU QUEEN 🤞🏼💜🌹👑” before instructing her followers to go run the numbers up.