Gunna Dethrones Drake For 2023’s Most Streamed Hip-Hop Song In The U.S.

“fukumean” is still in heavy rotation, and is so far the biggest rap song of the year after beating out the 6 God’s “Search & Rescue.”

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
Gunna Dethrones Drake For 2023’s Most Streamed Hip-Hop Song In The U.S.

One of the prevailing narratives around hip-hop in 2023 has been its relative downturn in commercial success compared to past years. While that argument is true for top chart placements and such, to say that rap is "dying" would be a massive misconception. After all, there have been no shortage of massive tracks this year, and one of the genre's most money-making artists just got beat out by an "underdog" story from a massive MC in his own right. Moreover, Gunna's "fukumean" just recently beat out Drake's "Search & Rescue" as the most streamed rap song from this year in the United States.

Considering the tight pull that both lyricists have over the game right now, this shouldn't come as much surprise. Wunna's album a Gift & a Curse prompted one of the most diverse discussion topics in rap, centered around his plea deal in the YSL RICO case. As for Drake, he dominates commercial metrics all the time, and getting past him is no easy task. With his upcoming album For All The Dogs releasing soon, maybe a cut from that (or a few) will reclaim this accolade.

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"fukumean" Versus "Search & Rescue": Gunna Takes The Crown

Of course, thanks to the aforementioned controversy around his release, we haven't seen these two link up in some time. Still, we can't really say whether that's explicitly because of Drake "picking a side" in the "snitching" conversation. In fact, most of the developments in that area revolve around gossip, bars open to interpretation, and very little from the actual artists. For example, despite all the ruckus, Gunna still gave Young Thug a birthday shoutout at his recent show. For now, all we can really take in as fans and listeners is the music itself, and in that regard, Wunna certainly made his mark this year.

Meanwhile, the 6 God will likely join that conversation of the best rap-adjacent albums of the year alongside a Gift & a Curse very soon. His recent single with SZA, "Slime You Out," took more of an R&B direction, but there will probably be some killer verses on here. One thing's for sure, though: don't expect this to diminish "fukumean" or "Search & Rescue" on the aux for the rest of 2023. On that note, come back to HNHH for the latest news and updates on Gunna and Drake.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.