Lil Wayne and Drake's "Family Feud" freestyle unsurprisingly rockets to #1 to start the new year.
Some things change year to year, some remain the same. For instance, the inaugural weekly top ten of 2018 features upstart names like Tekashi69 and 300lbs of Guwop, but also industry stalwarts Lil Wayne and Drake. Both of the Young Money mavens may have lost a bit of their star power in the past couple of years (or in Wayne's case, the past decade) but when Weezy drops a new project, the majority of the world still seems to pay attention. Thus is the case with Dedication 6 and its outtake, "Family Feud."
Befitting their position at the top, Wayne and Drake are also the only two artists with multiple appearances on this week's list. New tracks barely missing out on spots include FBG Wookie and Future's "All My Dogs Kings" (#11), Kodak Black's "Here It Is" (#12), Reese LaFlare and PartyNextDoor's "They Don't" (#13), and Skillz's "2017 Rap Up" (#14).
10. 24hrs Feat. Blackbear - Regina George
2017 proved to be a breakout year for both 24hrs and Blackbear, both of whom have very different styles, but found their respective niches on Soundcloud. "Regina George," their ode to Mean Girls' antagonist, debuts at #10.
9. 300lbs of Guwop Feat. Lil Wayne - Teefus (Remix)
Oddly-named duo 300lbs of Guwop have a bubbling hit on their hands with "Teefus," and nothing illustrates its popularity like Lil Wayne hopping on for a remix. The version of the track bearing his verse debuts at #9.
8. Travis Scott Feat. Yung Lean - Wasted (Demo)
Yung Lean recently made a cameo on Travis Scott and Quavo's Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho, but apparently their artistics connection stretches back a little further. Last week, a demo of "Wasted," a track from Travis' 2015 album Rodeo, surfaced with a previously-unheard appearance by the Yung Swede. This demo debuts at #8.
7. Bruno Mars Feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
A clear indicator of Cardi B's bankability at this point in time is her inclusion on the latest single from Bruno Mars' 24K Magic, one of the most successful pop albums of the last ten years. Bardi lends a verse to the New Jack Swing throwback, "Finesse," which makes its debut at #7.
6. Justin Timberlake - Filthy
Many speculated that the recent-unveiled trailer and title for Justin Timberlake's upcoming album, Man of the Woods, would herald a shift to a more rootsy, country-influenced sound, but as far as the album's lead single goes, that's definitely not the case. The Timbaland-produced "Filthy" debuts at #6.
5. Trouble & Drake - Bring It Back
Drake laid dormant for most of 2017's second half, but two week ago, he returned with a pair of features. Of those, this assist to a Trouble and Mike Will Made It track was the most surprising. The resulting song, "Bring It Back," holds steady at #5 in its second week out.
4. Lil Uzi Vert, TM88 & Southside - Mood
The last time TM88 and Lil Uzi Vert linked up, we got "XO Tour Life," one of 2017's biggest hits. "Mood" doesn't initially seem like it could eclipse that song's success (what could?), but it is an indisputable banger. This one debuts at #4.
3. Tekashi69 Feat. Fetty Wap & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie - KEKE
Accused child molester Tekashi69 hasn't seen his career hurt at all by the allegations against him, and that continues to be the case on "KEKE," his latest track. This one finds him linking up with more established NY-area artists Fetty Wap and A Boogie, and in its second week out, "KEKE" remains at #3.
2. Kendrick Lamar Feat. SZA - All The Stars
Marvel's upcoming Black Panther movie has already prominently featured music by Vince Staples and Run The Jewels in its trailers, so it comes as no surprise that its soundtrack is set to feature new material by some of rap's biggest stars. This one's a TDE victory lap by the label's two most successful artists of 2017. Kendrick and SZA's "All The Stars" debuts at #2.
1. Lil Wayne Feat. Drake - Family Feud
It's only right that after rap's biggest power couple, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, linked up for the original version of "Family Feud," rap's biggest brotherly partnership reunites for a remix. Weezy and Dreezy's "Family Feud" was somehow left off of Dedication 6, but no matter, it's remained at #1 for two weeks straight.