Drake has not left the charts since 2009.
The master debaters of last week's Drake vs. Nelly debate tended to agree on the point that Nelly was bigger for a shorter period of time but lacked Drake's longevity. A new factoid put forth by the Twitter account @chartdata substantiates this notion: Drake has now spent 400 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. He has not left the charts since May 2009.
@chartdata added that only three other artists have charted for 200 consecutive weeks: Lil Wayne (326), Rihanna (216), and Nicki Minaj (207). Drake closed out a historic 2016 by tying Wayne's record of 132 charting singles by a solo artist. With the imminent release of More Life, expect Drake's Hot 100 streak to continue in the near future.
Drake has now spent 400 consecutive weeks charting on the Hot 100.— chart data (@chartdata) January 22, 2017
The only other artists with 200+ consecutive weeks charting on the Hot 100: Lil Wayne (326), Rihanna (216) and Nicki Minaj (207).— chart data (@chartdata) January 22, 2017