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Cardi B And Lauryn Hill Now Share This Billboard Chart Accomplishment

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The rapper’s debut single under Atlantic Records has replaced Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do” for the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. This marks the first time since 1998 that a solo female rap single has reached No. 1 on the chart. Prior to Cardi B was Lauryn Hill with her hit single “Doo Wop (That Thing).”

The victory is a noticeable one for rap music overall, considering the number of rap artists who have actually received the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. As BuzzFeed reports:

Between the chart’s inception in August 1958 and this week, 1,067 singles have earned the coveted top spot. But despite hip-hop’s enduring popularity, fewer than 75 of those singles have been by rappers. In his prolific career, Jay-Z has only topped the Hot 100 once — and later than you’d expect — with 2009’s ‘Empire State of Mind.’ Both Kendrick Lamar (with ‘Humble’) and Drake (‘One Dance’) are also one-timers while Kanye West has managed to fit two No. 1s under his belt (‘Stronger’ and ‘Gold Digger’). Nas has never broken through the Top 10.

When looking at women rappers the achievement is even more scarce, with Hill and Cardi being the only solo female rappers to earn the No. 1 spot.

Last week came news that Cardi had allegedly been placed in a chokehold by an NYPD police officer, with the artist taking to her Twitter to recount the incident in a since-deleted tweet.

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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