Future has been recognized as the only rapper to spend the entirety of 2022 on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing other rap superstars including Drake.
The data was shared in a tweet by Hip Hop All Day, which shows that King Pluto spent a total of 52 weeks atop the chart, aided in part by his ninth studio album I NEVER LIKED YOU which dropped earlier this year.
Future beat out numerous other big-time rappers including Drake, who remained on the chart for 51 weeks. Other top contenders included Lil Baby, Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, 21 Savage, Latto, and Lil Nas X.
Check out the full list of chart-toppers below:
Number of weeks rappers spent on the Hot 100 chart in 2022 (out of 52 weeks) 📈
52 – Future
51 – Drake
50 – Lil Baby
50 – Doja Cat
43 – Jack Harlow
42 – Latto
41 – 21 Savage
41 – Lil Nas X
40 – Lil Durk
38 – Kodak Black
35 – Nardo Wick
32 – Nicki Minaj
They all had a huge year!
— Hip Hop All Day (@HipHopAllDayy) December 29, 2022
The Atlanta rap icon had a massive 2022, so much so that he sold off a large portion of his music publishing catalog to Influence Media Partners. In September, Future reportedly sold a good portion of his catalog in a lucrative eight-figure deal that is said to be worth upwards of $75 million.
Future’s chart-topping I NEVER LIKED YOU album also included Apple Music’s most-streamed song of 2022 in “WAIT 4 U” featuring Drake and Tems.
Hendrix also copped some new real estate this year, purchasing a lavish ocean-view apartment for $7.5 million in Miami. It includes a private pool and four-car sky garage on the same floor along with “a gym, spa, pool, lobby bar, restaurant, whiskey bar, cigar lounge, game room and a movie theater” decorated to look like the inside of a Bentley car.
Elsewhere, in a sprawling interview with Billboard earlier this year, Pluto spoke candidly about his cultural impact and said it was “tough” to think of himself as an inspiration.
“That shit’s tough, bro. I think I need to be a vessel of what not to do,” he said. “In some things, I need to be a lesson on what to do. So, I think you live and learn through me and if I have to be that sacrifice, I guess so.”
He continued: “[I want] for somebody to live better than me. I want another artist to come behind me to do [what I’m doing] even better than I’m doing it. [I would want to] change the bad things they might see in me and make it better for them. That’s what I want more than anything.”
In other Future news, I NEVER LIKED YOU was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2023 Grammys, and he’s set to embark on his One Big Party Tour starting in January, which will include supporting performances from Kodak Black, Trippie Redd, Polo G, EST Gee, Babyface Ray, Rob49 and others.