Only two repeat performers show up to this week's Top Tracks.
I'm not going to take the time to crunch all of the numbers for the 28 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, but in terms of artists who show up most often in our weekly top ten tracks list, it's not even close. Drake is the clear victor, seeming to find a way on here every week. Second place is a little more murky. Early on, it looked like 2 Chainz might be the victor, what with his Felt Like Cappin EP, his and Lil Wayne's ColleGrove, and an unusually fire slew of guest verses, but since the end of May, there's only been one other guy breathing down Drizzy's neck: Gucci Mane. From the time "First Day Out The Feds" hit, GuWop's been in high demand and operating on an even higher level, all in preparation for his album that lands on Friday. Will Everybody Looking live up to the hype? Only time will tell, but if this week on the charts is any prelude of what's to come, it's looking good for Wop.
This week's list only has two repeat performers from the last edition, and elsewhere, it's a free-for-all. Ty Dolla $ign, Tory Lanez, and Future all come in second to Gucci, with two appearances apiece. Tracks narrowly missing out on the list include Future and Maceo's "Havin It" (#11), Gucci Mane's "No Sleep (Intro)" (#13), Clams Casino, A$AP Rocky, and Lil B's "Be Somebody" (#15), and Migos' "Can't Go Out Sad" (#18).
A few weeks back, we caught Snapchat footage of Thugger paying a visit to the GuWop estate, but until a few days ago, no musical evidence of their meeting had surfaced. "GuWop Home" sounds exactly as joyous as you'd expect a collab between a mentor and his apprentice who made a habit of asking audiences to chant "Free Gucci" several times a show. This one makes its debut at #10.
9. Migos Feat. Gucci Mane - Now (Prod. By Sonny Digital)
After linking up with Young Thug on their aforementioned collab track, and PeeWee Longway on Bricc Baby's Nasty Dealer Pt. 2 standout "Touchdown," Gucci Mane had only one other artist from his World War 3D trilogy left on his post-prison checklist. Migos had a huge Sonny Digital beat in the vault and deployed it wisely on "Now," which debuts at #9.
8. Tory Lanez - August 19th (Prod. By Jahlil Beats)
After giving us two freestyles the previous week (one of which is still sitting pretty on this list), T Lanez decided to drop an original this past Fargo Friday. Like most of his recent public activity, "August 19th" may or may not contain shots at Drake, which as Joe Budden showed us last week, is a valuable strategy for increasing views. This one debuts at #8.
7. Gucci Mane - Multi Millionaire Laflare (Prod. By Southside)
Rounding out the trio of songs Gucci launched into our top ten last week is "Multi Millionaire Laflare," the sole solo outing of the bunch. He does, however, reunite with another past collaborator in Southside. He's just making the rounds at this point, and seems to find chemistry in every reunion. "Multi Millionaire Laflare" debuts at #7.
6. French Montana Feat. Drake - No Shopping
I, for one, didn't expect Drake to deem Joe Budden's diss tracks worthy of responses, but it turns out that he did. Drizzy's retaliatory bars came through on a track from French Montana's upcoming album, MC4. "No Shopping" debuted less than two days ago on OVO Sound Radio, but this being Drake, it's already debuted at #6.
21 Savage and Metro Boomin's Savage Mode is a compact, well-oiled collection of nine tracks that's only interrupted by one guest: Future Hendrix himself. He comes through on "X Bitch," which is the first track Savage has landed on our top ten as a lead artist. It debuts at #5.
4. DJ Drama Feat. Meek Mill, Pusha T & Ty Dolla $ign - Boyz In The Hood
Before last week, it had been since early May that DJ Drama had released music or shared an update on his upcoming project Quality Street Music 2, but he remedied that with a tracklist and not one, but two new tracks. "Boyz In The Hood" proved more popular than "Body For My Zip Code," and with its star-studded lineup, that's no surprise at all. It debuts at #4.
3. Tory Lanez - Controlla (Remix)
One of only two repeat appearances this week, Tory Lanez's take on Drake's (originally) Popcaan-assisted track is still attracting peoples' interest. It's rare for this Toronto singer/rapper to go the freestyle route, but with results like this, it may be time to consider changing that philosophy. Lanez's "Controlla" remix is up two spots in its second week to end up at #3.
2. Ty Dolla $ign Feat. Future - Campaign
The last time these two linked up, we got the biggest song from Ty's last album, "Blasé." He and Future toured together to support the latter's Purple Reign project earlier this year, and sometime during all of that, they recorded the aptly-titled "Campaign." It debuts at #2.
1. ScHoolboy Q Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Jay Rock - THat Part (Black Hippy Remix)
We were all big fans of ScHoolboy Q's Blank Face, but its biggest track might not even be included on the tracklist. "THat Part" got all of the members of Black Hippy together for the first time since Jay Rock's last album, and though the remix has since been taken down from Soundcloud, it's still raking in views. In its second week, "THat Part" rises from #3 to #1.