EnjoyTheBEATZ.com Top 10 Remix Chart (based on sales).
Excludes free remixes.
10. DaBaby feat Lil Wayne – Lonely remix
9. DaBaby – Vibez remix
8. Ace of Base – All That She Wants remix
7. DJ Snake feat Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You remix
6. Nayer feat Mohombi, Pitbull – Suave (Kiss Me) remix
5. Rosalia – Despecha remix
4. Ace of Base – The Sign remix
3. The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down remix
2. Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair remix
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.
EnjoyTheBEATZ.com Top 10 Remix Chart (based on sales) May 2023
Excludes free remixes.
10. Blink 182 – All The Small Things remix
9. Beyonce feat Jay-Z – Crazy In Love remix
8. Jr Walker & The All Stars – Shotgun remix
7. Ready For The World – Oh Sheila remix (Music Video)
6. America – A Horse With No Name remix
5. Kim Carnes – Betty Davis Eyes remix
4. Kajogoogoo – Too Shy remix
3. The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back remix
2. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Dancing In The Street remix
EnjoyTheBEATZ.com Top 10 Remix Chart (based on sales) April 2023
Excludes free remixes.
10. Morgan Wallen – Thinkin’ Bout Me remix
9. Sade – Smooth Operator remix
8. Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night remix
7. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough remix
6. Eagles – Take It Easy remix
5. The Rolling Stones – Miss You remix
4. Kygo feat Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson – Say Say Say remix
3. Miley Cyrus – Flowers remix
2. SZA vs Usher – I Hate U vs You Make Me Wanna mashup
EnjoyTheBEATZ.com Top 10 Remix Chart (based on sales) March 2023
Excludes free remixes.
10. Justin Timberlake vs Shaggy – Can’t Stop The Feeling vs It Wasn’t Me mashup
9. Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl remix
8. Justin Timberlake feat Jay Z vs Next – Suit & Tie vs Too Close mashup
7. Prince vs James Brown – Kiss vs Get Up (Sex Machine) mashup
6. Miley Cyrus – Flowers remix
5. Stevie Wonder – Uptight (Everything’s Alright) remix
4. Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark remix
3. Skrillex, Missy Elliott, Mr Oizo – RATATA remix
2. Ini Kamoze vs Latto, Mariah Carey – Here Comes The Big Energy mashup
On Monday (July 31), the Georgia native joined Way Up With Angela Yee for a chat, during which he discussed the influence of the now defunct trio. While expressing his appreciation for his former group being featured on Billboard‘s “50 Best Rap Groups” list, he also said that they should’ve been ranked higher than No. 11.
“It depend on how people lookin’ at it,” he explained. “If you talkin’ bout culturally change the sound of music, ’cause then we went past Hip Hop and we went to country and all the different genres … I just feel like we could’ve got Top 5.”
Watch the “Red Room” hitmaker discuss Migos at the beginning of the interview below:
Though Offset does believe that his group belonged higher up on the list, he took no issue with his fellow Southern MCs bagging first place, saying: “I agree with OutKast being No. 1.”
In the same spirit, Rakim recently shared that he had no problem with the Atlanta duo being placed six notches above Eric B. & Rakim on the Billboard list.
The rankings were released in late June, causing heated debates within the Hip Hop community. TMZ caught up with The God MC while he was out in New York a few days after the article was published and got his reaction to both being ranked at No. 7 and being behind André 3000 and Big Boi.
“Nah mean, I’m always gonna say I shoulda been higher, but it’s a blessing to be recognized and it’s a good time to be recognized as well,” Rakim said. “It’s not really my place to say who else deserves or not, but OutKast pushed the envelope, a group that a lot of people got love for. So, you know we have to give the flowers to who earns them.”
Filling in the six notches between Eric B. & Rakim and OutKast are Public Enemy at No. 6, Run-D.M.C. at No. 5, A Tribe Called Quest at No. 4, N.W.A at No. 3 and Wu-Tang Clan at No. 2.
The publication said the criteria for its rankings included: body of work/achievements (charted singles/albums, gold/platinum certifications, other awards), cultural impact/influence (how the group’s work fostered the genre’s evolution), longevity (years at the mic), lyrics (storytelling skills) and flow (vocal prowess).
“Our definition of groups includes duos, proper groups and more nebulous collectives. Most notably, inclusion on this list is based on the accomplishments of the group as a unit — not what the individuals may have separately accomplished. We tried to walk the line between what constitutes a group versus a collective or a crew, though at times that was not entirely clear,” the publication explained.
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.
March 20, 2017: Five years ago, Nicki Minaj achieved a major milestone in her career that proved she is one of the top hip-hop artists in the rap game. The Queen of hip-hop surpassed the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin for having the most Billboard Hot 100 entries by a female artist on this day in 2017.
For the Billboard Hot 100 chart ending April 1, 2017, Nicki Minaj premiered three songs on the tally, “No Frauds,” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne (No. 14), “Regret in Your Tears” (No. 61) and “Changed It” with Lil Wayne (No. 71). This bumped her total up to 76 Hot 100 appearances, which passed Franklin’s total of 73. The late soul singer held the crown for nearly 40 years, until June 18, 1977, before Nicki smashed it.
Following her historic chart achievement, Nicki spoke on her Queen Radio show in 2018 and paid homage to Franklin, who died on Aug. 16, 2018. “It’s no secret she’s an icon—an icon of all icons,” she said. “I don’t know anyone who she hasn’t inspired.”
The Queens, N.Y. rapper, who’s a doting mom of her two-year-old son affectionately named “Papa Bear,” also boasted about her accomplishment on her February 2019 freestyle “Barbie Going Bad,” which samples her ex-boyfriend Meek Mill’s 2018 song “Going Bad” and features Drake. On the song, Nicki raps, “Neck tatt say ‘Onika’/I got more slaps than Aretha.”
And Nicki continued to break records on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after that. On 16 May 2020, Nicki Minaj and Doja Cat became the first female rap duo to rule the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 100 with the “Say So” (Remix). Additionally, on July 18, 2020, the 40-year-old rhymer broke her own record of having the most Billboard Hot 100 entries by a female artist with 110 chart entries.
The Greatest of All Time, aka the GOAT. That’s a distinguished — and also contentious — honor when it comes to ranking who or what is the ultimate best, whether you’re talking films, TV shows, restaurants or any other subject.
In early 2023, Billboard/Vibe is ranking the Top 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time as part of our salute to this year’s golden anniversary of hip-hop. (The genre dates back to 1973, when DJ Kool Herc first set up his two turntables to rock a Bronx party.) The rollout began with the Jan. 11 reveal of the rappers ranked 50-41. We’ve revealed 10 more rappers each week since, with the final top 10 now unveiled below.
In determining these rankings, the Billboard and Vibe editorial teams opted first to limit the rap arena to North America. So for example, as estimable as his career is, British rapper Slick Rick isn’t on this list. We also opted not to include the significant contributions of reggaetón and dancehall MCs on this list, just to keep our pool of nominees a little more focused.
From there, the teams took into account the following criteria, not in any particular order: body of work/achievements (charted singles/albums, gold/platinum certifications), cultural impact/influence (how the artist’s work fostered the genre’s evolution), longevity (years at the mic), lyrics (storytelling skills) and flow (vocal prowess).
As is well known, GOAT and similar best-of lists always draw their share of criticism and praise from industry pundits and the public alike. So it took a lot of deliberation and deep discussion to reason our way to what we believe is a well-thought-out, authentic list that reflects hip-hop’s foundational pioneers, evolutionary trailblazers and contemporary mainstays. In addition, that mix also encompasses 50 years of cultural milestones for a genre initially dismissed as a passing fad — and now recognized as the industry’s market-share leader.
So now, let’s run through Billboard/Vibe’s Top 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time … and let the debate rage on.