In the early days of rap, a single lyric was enough to make a great song.
A hit single like “Gimme More” by the legendary R&B duo The Jam, for example, could be a hit with the masses.
And, with the advent of the Internet, it was relatively easy to sell music from every era.
In fact, one of the biggest selling records in history, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, sold well over a million copies in its first week of release in 1977.
Today, rappers have become so well known that they are able to reach a wide audience.
In 2014, Billboard estimated that more than 1 billion songs were played on streaming platforms in the United States.
And the top 10 songs on Spotify are dominated by rap and R&B songs.
And even though the industry has gotten better and better over the years, there are still some big rappers on the rise.
Below are the 10 most popular rap artists of the last 50 years.1.
Drake and Lil Wayne1.
Lil Boi 5.
Big Mike 7.
Big T. 8.
Lil’ Wayne 9.
Drake 10. Drake