New Generation of Rappers Ride the Streaming Wave to Success

Sep 07, 2017

It seems the days of non-streaming sales are drawing to an end within the rap community. A new generation of scrappy rappers have risen from the near ashes of Soundcloud, declaring their battle against veteran artists via free digital distribution and social media success. As two debut albums go head-to-head for the No.1 spot, the writers behind the hits claim a quarter of the chart.

Jahseh Onfroy, better known by his performing alias XXXTentacion, has claimed the No. 1 seat this week. A DIY rapper hailing from South Florida, Onfroy first received recognition for his hit "Look At Me" which epitomizes the Soundcloud rap ideals of tossed-together samples and crass lyrics. With currently 92 million streams off of Soundcloud, it's no surprise his debut album '17' has skyrocketed to success. As over half of the album sits comfortably amongst the Billboard Hot 100, it will be interesting to see what upcoming weeks bring for the 19-year-old ex-con.

Pulling in at a close second Symere Woods, aka Lil Uzi Vert, rides the success of his recent debut 'Luv is Rage 2.' The hip-hop experimentalist peaked last week at 151 million streams, according to Nielsen, which qualifies him as the third-largest streaming debut this year behind Drake and Kendrick Lamar. The truth is in the numbers as 11 of the albums 16 songs chart, 'XO Tour Ll!fe' having charted for an astounding 23 weeks! 

Hot Hitmakers

Recognizing the songwriters behind the biggest hits of the week

September 16, 2017
1

Jahseh Onfroy

"Roll In Peace"   Kodak Black [ft. XXXTENTACION]
"Carry On"   XXXTENTACION
"Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares"   XXXTENTACION
"Jocelyn Flores"   XXXTENTACION
"Save Me"   XXXTENTACION
"Depression & Obsession"   XXXTENTACION
"Revenge"   XXXTENTACION
"F**k Love"   XXXTENTACION [ft. Trippie Redd]
2

Symere Woods

"XO Tour Llif3"   Lil Uzi Vert
"Dark Queen"   Lil Uzi Vert
"No Sleep Leak"   Lil Uzi Vert
"Sauce It Up"   Lil Uzi Vert
"444+222"   Lil Uzi Vert
"For Real"   Lil Uzi Vert
"The Way Life Goes"   Lil Uzi Vert
"Two"   Lil Uzi Vert
"X"   Lil Uzi Vert
"Neon Guts"   Lil Uzi Vert [ft. Pharrell Williams]
"UnFazed"   Lil Uzi Vert [ft. The Weeknd]
3

Michael Williams II

"Unforgettable"   French Montana [ft. Swae Lee]
"DNA"   Kendrick Lamar
"Humble"   Kendrick Lamar
"Rake It Up"   Yo Gotti [ft. Nicki Minaj]
4

Belcalis Almanzar

"Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"   Cardi B
5

Shayaa Abraham-Joseph

"Bank Account"   21 Savage
6

Kendrick Lamar

"DNA"   Kendrick Lamar
"Humble"   Kendrick Lamar
"Loyalty"   Kendrick Lamar [ft. Rihanna]
"Love"   Kendrick Lamar [ft. Zacari]
7

Khalid Robinson

"Location"   Khalid
"1-800-273-8255"   Logic [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]
"Silence"   Travis Scott
8

Charlie Puth & Jacob Kasher

"Attention"   Charlie Puth
9

Steve Mac

"Shape Of You"   Ed Sheeran
"Strip That Down"   Liam Payne [ft. Quavo]
"What About Us"   P!nk
10

Leland Wayne

"Mask Off"   Future
"I Get That Bag"   Gucci Mane [ft. Migos]
"X"   Lil Uzi Vert
"Congratulations"   Post Malone [ft. Quavo]
11

Ike Smith

"Sauce It Up"   Lil Uzi Vert
"444+222"   Lil Uzi Vert
"The Way Life Goes"   Lil Uzi Vert
12

Bryan Simmons

"XO Tour Llif3"   Lil Uzi Vert
13

Quavious Marshall

"I’m The One"   DJ Khaled [ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Little Wayne]
"I Get That Bag"   Gucci Mane [ft. Migos]
"Strip That Down"   Liam Payne [ft. Quavo]
"Congratulations"   Post Malone [ft. Quavo]
14

Jamaal Henry

"Sauce It Up"   Lil Uzi Vert
"444+222"   Lil Uzi Vert
"Dark Queen"   Lil Uzi Vert
"X"   Lil Uzi Vert
"UnFazed"   Lil Uzi Vert [ft. The Weeknd]
15

Onika Maraj

"Swish Swish"   Katy Perry [ft. Nicki Minaj]
"Rake It Up"   Yo Gotti [ft. Nicki Minaj]
16

Johnny McDaid

"Shape Of You"   Ed Sheeran
"What About Us"   P!nk
17

Ludwig Göransson & Donald Glover

"Redbone"   Childish Gambino
18

Tay-K

"The Race"   Tay-K
19

Shane McAnally

"Drinkin' Problem"   Midland
"Body Like A Back Road"   Sam Hunt
"Unforgettable"   Thomas Rhett
20

Josh Osborne

"All The Pretty Girls"   Kenny Chesney
"Drinkin' Problem"   Midland
"Body Like A Back Road"   Sam Hunt