Drake and NBA YoungBoy have been named the top two streaming artists in any genre for 2022.
According to HitsDailyDouble, YoungBoy and the 6 God have compiled the most streams in America through September with over 12 billion combined.
Drake leads the way as the only artist with over 6.7 billion streams and YB is the lone other artist boasting over five billion. They beat out the likes of music titans such as Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny and The Weeknd to round out the Top Five.
Elsewhere in the Top 10, Hip Hop is well-represented thanks to the late Juice WRLD at No. 6, Kanye West holding steady earning the No. 8 slot with Future and Lil Durk not far behind.
Rappers w/ Most Streams in 2022 (via HitsDD)+ overall rank
6.7bn – Drake (No. 1)
5.4bn – YoungBoy (No. 2)
4.2bn – Bad Bunny (No. 4)
3.7bn – Juice WRLD (No. 6)
3.6bn – Kanye (No. 8)
3.4bn – Future (No. 9)
3.0bn – Lil Durk (No. 10)
2.9bn – Eminem (No. 11)
2.8bn – Rod Wave (No. 12)
— Hip Hop By The Numbers (@HipHopNumbers) October 17, 2022
While Drake has dropped an album already this year, NBA YoungBoy is planning on releasing 10 mixtapes by the time 2022 expires. He revealed on Sunday (October 16) that he’s got his sixth project ready to go with an imminent arrival.
Ma’ I Got a Family will feature between 13 and 17 new songs and is set to arrive “this week,” although an exact release date has yet to be announced.
The mixtape’s cover art reflects the title’s familial theme as it shows NBA YoungBoy posing for the camera alongside his fiancée Jazlyn Mychelle and their two children — the youngest of whom was born in September — inside their home.
In a follow-up post, YoungBoy Never Broke Again hinted at his 10 project goal. “Fun challenge ’10 tapes 1 year ??’” read a screenshot of an iPhone Note, which he captioned: “I’m finna be on 6 you think I can do it ?”
YoungBoy leads all artists with 29 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2022.
As for Drake, he surprised fans with his house pivot on Honestly, Nevermind back in June. Just don’t expect to hear Drizzy’s name mentioned at the 2023 Grammy Awards after he reportedly didn’t submit any of his new music for consideration.