Today is Lil Wayne’s 30th birthday and the rapper-producer has more than one reason to celebrate.
The new Game song “Celebration” debuted at #82 this week on the Billboard Hot 100 and because of Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.’s verse on the track, the New Orleans native just rapped his way past Elvis Presley’s record for most Billboard Hot 100 hits.
It’s a peak for the rapper’s 13 year career that sets a new high (no, not that kind) for the self-named Best Rapper Alive, clocking in 109 appearances on the Billboard music chart. This puts him one over the 108 appearances by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Now if we’re getting technical then technically TV’s Glee has nearly double that amount with 204 entries on the same charts. Though to be even more technical, Lil Wayne does capture the title for a single artist, even if it’s courtesy of his many guest features on other artists’ songs…technically.
Don’t worry, Elvis diehards, the “Hound Dog” rocker was still the lead or sole musician on every single one of his 108 chart hits and therefore still comes out on top, maintaining the record for most Hot 100 entries by a lead solo artist. No need to pray for this injustice against his name to be righted outside of Graceland.
This puts both ahead of classic artists like James Brown at 91, Aretha Franklin at 73, and Ray Charles at 72. The only other artist of this generation to make the cut is another fellow rapper with 71 chart setting songs: Jay-Z. Watch the throne, Lil Wayne.