Streaming has been the norm for music in the twenty-first century, especially in recent years, and several rappers have already reached the list of the most streamed artists in 2021.
Drake is at the top of the chart this year, with 3,642,943,000 streams. While the sources don’t identify which tracks or albums contributed to these figures, Drizzy released a three-song EP called Scary Hours 2 earlier this year. His collaboration with Lil Baby, ‘Wants and Needs,’ has 202,007,861 Spotify streams, while ‘What’s Next’ has been listened to 165,464,417 times.
Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, singer, and actor who was born on October 24, 1986. Following his success on the adolescent drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001–08), Drake pursued a career in music, releasing his first mixtape Room for Improvement in 2006, followed by Comeback Season (2007) and So Far Gone (2009), before signing with Young Money Entertainment.
The late Juice Wrld is the next rapper on the list, with 2,772,206,000 streams so far this year. Legends Never Die, Juice’s posthumous album, was released in 2020, and four of the album’s 22 songs are among his most popular on Spotify: ‘Wishing Well’ (485,312,757), ‘Come and Go’ With Marshmello (509,643,890), ‘Righteous’ (348,988,797), and ‘Hate the Other Side’ With Marshmello and The Kid Laroi (231,173,964).
Jarad Anthony Higgins, better known by his stage name Juice Wrld, was an American rapper, singer, and songwriter who was born on December 2, 1998, and died on December 8, 2019. He is regarded as a key role in the growth and popularity of emo-rap and SoundCloud rap. His stage name is drawn from the 1992 film Juice, and it implies ‘taking over the world,’ according to him. On December 8, 2019, Higgins died of a heroin overdose.
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