[Dime Time News] Lil Wayne Surpasses Elvis Presley with Most Appearances on Billboard Hot 100 Chart
The self-proclaimed “best rapper alive” can lay claim to a new mantle: Bigger than Elvis.
Lil Wayne has surpassed Elvis Presley’s record of appearances on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, the magazine announced Thursday.
The King of Rock and Roll held the record with 108 songs on the chart from its launch in 1958 to 2003.
But with Lil Wayne’s appearance as a featured artist on the Game’s new jam, “Celebration,” the hip-hop star now has 109 songs on the list.
Still, Billboard noted that Lil Wayne’s meteoric rise in the record books is in part due to rappers’ tendency to share credit on tracks.
Weezy is not listed as the lead artist on the majority of his tracks — unlike Presley who was the marquee singer on all of his songs.
In an apples to apples comparison, The King still rules; Lil Wayne has just 42 singles on which he’s the main man, though not including his self-aggrandizing “Best Rapper Alive.”
Still, Lil Wayne’s first Billboard hit was in 1999, giving him only 13 years to eclipse the hip-shaking, jumpsuit-wearing legend.
It’s a fair bet the rapper will be celebrating the milestone along with one other in style Thursday — it’s his 30th birthday.
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