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The Billboard Hot 100 number one song is the holy grail of pop music achievement. It took hip hop over a decade to its first number one song on the charts, and that was a Vanilla Ice song.

Since then, with the recent inclusion of streaming numbers, hip hop has steadily been clocking up number ones left, right and centre. Here are 24 rappers and their first number one Billboard Hot 100 song.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – “Tha Crossroads”

Album: E. 1999 Eternal

Released: April 30, 1996

Produced by: Tim Middleton

2Pac – “California Love”

Album: All Eyez on Me

Released: December 3, 1995

Produced by: Dr. Dre

Other number one songs:

  • “How Do U Want It” (June 4, 1996)

Puff Daddy – “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”

Album: No Way Out

Released: February 11, 1997

Produced by: Carlos Broady, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Stevie J, Nashiem Myrick

Other number one songs:

  • “I’ll Be Missing You” (May 23, 1997)
  • “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (June 29, 2003)

The Notorious B.I.G. – “Hypnotize”

Album: Life After Death

Released: March 1, 1997

Produced by: D-Dot, Ron “Amen-Ra” Lawrence, Sean “Puffy” Combs (co.)

Other number one songs:

  • “Mo Money Mo Problems” (July 15, 1997)

Lauryn Hill – “Doo Wop (That Thing)”

Album: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Released: July 7, 1998

Produced by: Lauryn Hill

Outkast – “Ms. Jackson”

Album: Stankonia

Released: October 24, 2000

Produced by: Earthtone III

Other number one songs:

  • “Hey Ya!” (August 25, 2003)
  • “The Way You Move” (August 25, 2003)

Ja Rule – “Always On Time”

Album: Pain Is Love

Released: November 27, 2001

Produced by: Irv Gotti

Nelly – “Hot in Herre”

Album: Nellyville

Released: April 16, 2002

Produced by: The Neptunes

Other number one songs:

  • “Dilemma” (July 30, 2002)
  • “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (June 29, 2003)
  • “Grillz” (June 7, 2005)

Eminem – “Lose Yourself”

Album: 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture

Released: October 28, 2002

Produced by: Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto

Other number one songs:

  • “Crack A Bottle” (February 2, 2009)
  • “Not Afraid” (April 29, 2010)
  • “Love The Way You Lie” (August 9, 2010)
  • “The Monster” (October 29, 2013)

50 Cent – “In da Club”

Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Released: January 7, 2003

Produced by: Dr. Dre, DJ Quik, Mike Elizondo

Other number one songs:

  • “21 Questions” (March 4, 2003)
  • “Candy Shop” (February 8, 2005)

Ludacris – “Stand Up”

Album: Chicken-n-Beer

Released: August 19, 2003

Produced by: Kanye West, Ludacris (co.)

Other number one songs:

  • “Money Maker” (July 17, 2006)

Kanye West – “Slow Jamz”

Album: The College Dropout / Kamikaze

Released: December 2, 2003

Produced by: Kanye West

Other number one songs:

  • “Gold Digger” (July 5, 2005)
  • “Stronger” (July 31, 2007)

Snoop Dogg – “Drop It Like It’s Hot”

Album: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

Released: September 27, 2004

Produced by: The Neptunes

Lil Wayne – “Lollipop”

Album: Tha Carter III

Released: March 13, 2008

Produced by: Deezle, Jim Jonsin

T.I. – “Whatever You Like”

Album: Paper Trail

Released: July 29, 2008

Produced by: Jim Jonsin

Other number one songs:

  • “Live Your Life” (September 23, 2008)

Jay-Z – “Empire State of Mind”

Album: The Blueprint 3

Released: October 20, 2009

Produced by: Al Shux

Wiz Khalifa – “Black and Yellow”

Album: Rolling Papers

Released: September 14, 2010

Produced by: Stargate

Other number one songs:

  • “See You Again” (March 10, 2015)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop”

Album: The Heist

Released: August 27, 2012

Produced by: Ryan Lewis

Other number one songs:

  • “Can’t Hold Us” (August 16, 2011)

Drake – “One Dance”

Album: Views

Released: April 5, 2016

Produced by: Nineteen85, 40, WizKid, DJ Maphorisa

Other number one songs:

  • “God’s Plan” (January 19, 2018)
  • “Nice For What” (April 6, 2018)
  • “In My Feelings” (July 10, 2018)
  • “Toosie Slide” (April 3, 2020)
  • “What’s Next” (March 5, 2021)

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”

Album: Culture

Released: October 28, 2016

Produced by: Metro Boomin, G Koop

Kendrick Lamar – “Humble”

Album: DAMN. 

Released: March 30, 2017

Produced by: Mike WiLL Made It, Pluss

Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”

Album: Invasion of Privacy

Released: June 16, 2017

Produced by: J. White Did It, Laquan Green

Other number one songs:

  • “I Like It” (May 25, 2018)
  • “WAP” (August 7, 2020)
  • “Up” (February 5, 2021)

Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Album: N/A 

Released: May 5, 2018

Produced by: Donald Glover, Ludwig Göransson

Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode”

Album: Astroworld

Released: August 21, 2018

Produced by: Chahayed, Hit-Boy, OZ, Cubeatz, Tay Keith, Mike Dean

Other number one songs:

  • “Highest in the Room” (October 4, 2019)
  • “The Scotts” (April 24, 2020)
  • “Franchise” (September 25, 2020)
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