Aubrey Graham Challenges Hip-Hop Conventions, Returns to Hot Hitmakers

Feb 01, 2018

As hip-hop gets harder and more regional, Aubrey Graham (AKA Drake) challenges convention with softer, more global lyrics and music. The recently released Scary Hours 'EP' is equally unconventional, with just two songs. Comprised of "God's Plan" (which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100) and "Diplomatic Immunity" (which debuted at No. 7), the EP heralds Graham's return, and Matthew Samuels' (AKA Boi-1da) Hot Hitmakers debut. Though new to our chart, Samuels is no stranger to creating hits, having produced tracks for artists including Eminem, Rihanna, Lana Del Rey, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, & Kendrick Lamar. 

Also new to Hot Hitmakers this week is 24-year-old Emily Warren, who gained some notoriety with her featured (but uncredited) vocal on The Chainsmokers' "Paris." But it is her songwriting prowess which earns her the No. 17 spot on this week's Hot Hitmakers. Signed to Dr. Luke's Prescription Songs in 2013, Warren has written for such artists as Jessie J, Shawn Mendes, & Dua Lipa ("New Rules"). The Chainsmokers' "Sick Boy" is her third collaboration with the duo and debuts this week at No. 65 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Hot Hitmakers

Recognizing the songwriters behind the biggest hits of the week

February 3, 2018
1

Ed Sheeran

"Perfect"   Ed Sheeran
"Shape of You"   Ed Sheeran
"End Game"   Taylor Swift [ft. Ed Sheeran & Future]
"River"   Eminem [ft. Ed Sheeran]
2

Nathan Feuerstein

"Let You Down"   NF
3

Shayaa Abraham-Joseph

"Bank Account"   21 Savage
"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"Bartier Cardi"   Cardi B [ft. 21 Savage]
4

Pharrell Williams

"Havana"   Camila Cabello [ft. Young Thug]
"Lemon"   N*E*R*D & Rihanna
"Stir Fry"   Migos
"Supplies"   Justin Timberlake
5

Kentrell Gaulden

"No Smoke"   YoungBoy Never Broke Again
"Outside Today"   YoungBoy Never Broke Again
6

Daniel Hernandez

"Gummo"   6ix9ine
"Kooda"   6ix9ine
"Keke"   6iz9ine, Fetty Wap, & A Boogie Wit da Hoodie
7

Matthew Samuels

"God's Plan"   Drake
"Diplomatic Immunity"   Drake
"No Limit"   G-Eazy [ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B]
8

Belcalis Almanzar

"MotorSport"   Migos, Nicki Minaj, & Cardi B
"Bartier Cardi"   Cardi B [ft. 21 Savage]
"La Modelo"   Ozuna x Cardi B
"Finesse"   Bruno Mars & Cardi B
9

Austin Post

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"I Fall Apart"   Post Malone
"Candy Paint"   Post Malone
10

Charlie Puth & Jacob Kasher

"Attention"   Charlie Puth
"How Long"   Charlie Puth
11

Aubrey Graham

"God's Plan"   Drake
"Diplomatic Immunity"   Drake
12

Louis Bell

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"Candy Paint"   Post Malone
"Wolves"   Selena Gomez x Marshmello
13

Dieuson Octave

"Pills and Automobiles"   Chris Brown [ft. Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, & Kodak Black]
"Roll In Peace"   Kodak Black [ft. XXXTENTACION]
"Codeine Dreaming"   Kodak Black [ft. XXXTENTACION]
14

Brandon Lancaster

"Greatest Love Story"   LANCO
15

Rogét Chahayed

"Bad At Love"   Halsey
"Sky Walker"   Miguel [ft. Travis Scott]
16

Andrew Green

"Gummo"   6ix9ine
17

Emily Warren

"New Rules"   Dua Lipa
"Sick Boy"   The Chainsmokers
18

Kiari Cephus

"Motor Sport"   Migos, Nicki Minaj, & Cardi B
"Ric Flair Drip"   Offset & Metro Boomin
"Stir Fry"   Migos
19

Leland Wayne

"I Get The Bag"   Gucci Mane [ft. Migos]
"Ric Flair Drip"   Offset & Metro Boomin
20

Brian Lee

"Havana"   Camila Cabello [ft. Young Thug]
"Let Me Go"   Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso [ft. Florida Georgia Line & Watt]
"Wolves"   Selena Gomez x Marshmello