Latto Becomes First Rapper in 2023 to Reach No. 1 on Hot 100 With Jung Kook Collab “Seven”

The news arrives several weeks after Billboard detailed how hip-hop’s absence from the Hot 100 in 2023 pales in comparison to the genre’s performance over the past few years.

By this time in 2022, three rappers had already scored No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 as a lead artist: Jack Harlow (“First Class”), Future (“Wait For U”), and Drake (“Jimmy Cooks”). Furthermore, five hip-hop artists topped the Hot 100 through the first seven months of 2021: 24kGoldn (“Mood”), Drake (“What’s Next”), Cardi B (“Up”), Lil Nas X (“Montero”), and Polo G (“Rapstar”).

And by July 2020, a whopping eight rappers had scored No. 1 songs on the chart that year: Post Malone (“Circles”), Roddy Ricch (“The Box”), Drake (“Toosie Slide”), Travis Scott (“The Scotts”), Doja Cat (“Say So”), Megan Thee Stallion (“Savage”), DaBaby (“Rockstar”), and 6ix9ine (“Trollz”).