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Lil Jairmy is Back Like He Never Left

Not many 24-year-olds can say that they’re 10 years deep into their careers. Lil Jairmy is different, however. The Houston rapper who laid down his first bars before he was even five, scored his first local hit by the time he was a teenager with “Trapped Out.”

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By the time he was ready to deliver his debut mixtape —2019’s Excuse My Absence — he had built enough of a buzz with tracks like “Carbon,” “I Ain’t Hiding” and “Say Day” that he had caught the attention of rap superstar Lil Baby. The Drip Too Hard rapper hopped on Jairmy’s Excuse My Absence anthem “Chances Make Champions.” 

Continuing to build momentum, Lil Jairmy followed up strong with the projects Can’t Rush The Vibe (2020) and Gas God (2021), which featured collabs with 42 Dugg, EST Gee, BIG 30, Rylo Rodriguez and Hotboi. And the “Lit” rapper managed to accomplish all of this without the backing of a major label. 

Earlier this year, Lil Jairmy signed with 300 Entertainment. He’s now prepared to take things up a notch. Fresh off of touring with EST Gee on the Platinum In The Streets Tour, Jairmy is ready to deliver the sequel to his biggest project to date, Gas God.  

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Gas God 2, which drops this Friday, is slated to feature the likes of Future, EST Gee and the late Lil Keed, as well as the singles “Supercharge” with Moneybagg Yo and the Hitmaka-produced “Alaska.” Ahead of the release of his highly anticipated Gas God 2 mixtape, Lil Jairmy chopped it up with ONE37pm. Here, he discusses stepping his game up with his new project, Houston’s influence on his music and why signed with 300 Entertainment.

On his Hitmaka-produced single, “Alaska”

Me and Hitmaka was in the studio going over the beats and stuff like that. He played the beat for “Alaska” and it was a real catchy beat. He helped me a lot. That was my first time taking notes from other people on like, how to say what I’m saying, what I’m saying and stuff like that. So he helped me out a lot with the track here. Pretty good track.

On how Moneybagg Yo got on “Supercharge”

It is crazy, because I had started that song off in the studio with Big 30 and Hotboii. It was supposed to be a song for us, but I had put down my verse and we didn’t end up finishing it. Then I guess, Big 30 sent it to Bag and he said he wanted to get on there. So that’s how we end up doing.

On what it feels like as a new artist being cosigned and collaborating with established artists

Man, honestly, I look at it like it’s a blessing.  Of course, I’ve been knowing Bag for a while. He been seeing me around for a while and stuff, but of course, like it’s a blessing to even have way bigger artists that’s supportive of me. 

On what to expect from ‘Gas God 2’

I feel like it’s gonna be one of my best projects, man. I got a few big features on there. A lot of great music, some of the best music. I feel like I put together myself on there. So I feel like this gonna be a big thing for me, a step to go to the next level. 

On the biggest differences between ‘Gas God’ and ‘Gas God 2’

For one we put more time behind Gas God 2. Everything is planned out. I finally got a real team, man. I hooked up with 300. They’ve been showing me so much love and have been behind me every step of the way. So that’s one of the biggest things: me actually having a team behind me. With the first Gas God, we just dropped it.

On why he decided to sign with 300 Entertainment

For one, I have been knowing my guy,  Selim [300 Ent. President], before we did business. He’s pretty cool with my manager, so like we been to certain parties that he threw, like the YSL parties and different little parties he had for Meg [Megan Thee Stallion]  and just seeing how he and the team treat artists and stuff like that. And then, for another reason, him and Kevin Lilies called me personally. You know, a lot of people, they go through like the, A&Rs and stuff like that. But talking to them and just hearing how much they believed in me was one thing that made me want to do it.

On what made him a fan of 50 Cent growing up

Man, he just was street. He was different. My boy was in the gym. You know, kids like people that look like The Incredible Hulk [laughs]. 50 was just different. 50 used to be one of my favorites when I was younger. For sure.

On growing up in Houston and the influence it had on his music

You know we got our own lingo, our own culture, all that. So like it influenced it a lot. You can hear it in my records. I talk about a lot of the different things that go on out here.

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Pusha T, Megan Thee Stallion and More: Bops That Just Dropped

Every week a bunch of new projects, songs and snippets hit the airwaves and streaming platforms and it can be a tall task sorting through all of the noise. Luckily, ONE37pm is here to help keep you in tune with what should be on your radar.

It’s Almost Dry — Pusha T

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Pusha T has returned to flood the streets with his latest album, It’s Almost Dry. According to King Push, the album, produced entirely by Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, is his “most well-rounded body of work.” The 12-track project, which he previewed at his Cokechella listening party, features the singles  “Neck & Wrist”, “Diet Coke” and “Hear Me Clearly,” as well as collaborations with Kid Cudi, Don Toliver and Lil Uzi Vert. Can’t get enough Push? Don’t stress it. He could be coming to a city near you soon. His It’s Almost Dry Tour starts next month.

“Plan B” — Megan Thee Stallion

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“Ladies, love yourself, because this shit can get ugly,” raps Megan Thee Stallion on “Plan B,” her latest anthem for the ladies. Hot Girl Meg lets it be known that she ain’t playing with these goofy men on the track that samples the classic Wu-Tang Clan remix to  Jodeci’s “Freak’n You.” The hotly anticipated song was first previewed in front of thousands of people during Megan’s Coachella performance last week. 

“Hold That Heat” — Southside featuring Future and Travis Scott

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Super-producer Southside’s track record is full of hits. He’s been crafting beats for A-list artists for more than a decade. His most recent release is a collaboration of epic proportions. “Hold That Heat” features Future and Travis Scott. Southside’s signature sound mixed with Future and Travis’ signature flows is a recipe for an undeniable banger.

Southside isn’t the only platinum producer to drop new music this week. Tay Keith, Sonny Digital and the Internet Money crew have also delivered some new tunes. This week also sees the release of some heat from Erica Banks, Blxst, Dream Doll, Fredo Bang, Rico Nasty, NLE Choppa, BRS Kash and others. Tap in with our new weekly playlist below and don’t forget to come back next Friday and every Friday after that for a round up of the best of what’s new in music.

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19 Rap Songs that Debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

TikTok does it again! The popular social networking platform has helped catapult another song to the top of the Billboard charts. After a snippet of Jack Harlow’s latest single, “First Class” trended on TikTok, the full version upon its official release (April 8th) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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The second single from his upcoming album, Come Home the Kids Miss You has been making noise outside of Tiktok also. With more than 10.6 million streams in the first 24 hours of its release, the single that samples Fergie’s Ludacris-assisted No. 1 hit “Glamorous” had one of the biggest single-day streams of the year on Spotify’s global chart. Currently the fastest selling single of 2022, the Louisville, Kentucky native’s latest hit moved more than 420,000 units in its opening week.

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In the history of the Billboard Hot 100, there have been 17 hip-hop songs that have debuted on top of the chart. These songs represent some of the biggest hits in hip-hop history. This significant achievement is a testament to not only how dope the songs are, but also the popularity of the artists (and producers) and behind them. Once a rare feat, debuting in the top spot has become more and more frequent over the last few years. There were 10 songs released since 2017 alone that spent their first week on Billboard’s singles chart in the No. 1 position. Drake has dropped several first-week-chart-toppers and so has Travis Scott. Here’s a look at all of the hip-hop hits that have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Jimmy Cooks” by Drake featuring 21 Savage

Debut Date: June 27, 2022

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  • “Wait For U” by Future featuring Drake & Tems

Debut Date: May 9, 2022

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Future landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the eight time with I Never Liked You. The album features tracks with Kanye West, Gunna and Young Thug. Pluto’s ninth album also features the Drake and Tems-assisted single, “Wait For U,” which also debuted in the top spot on the Billboard charts. The video for the song that topped the Billboard Hot 100 within seven days of its release racked up 5.7 million views in just four days.

  • “First Class” by Jack Harlow

Debut Date: April 18, 2022

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Jack Harlow has another smash hit on his hands. “First Class” is receiving love from all around the world. The song debuted at No. 1 in the US, as well as in New Zealand and Australia. It also debuted at No. 2 in several countries including the UK, Germany and Ireland.

  • “Way 2 Sexy” by Drake featuring Future and Young Thug

Debut Date: September 18, 2021

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The first official single from Drake’s Certified Lover Boy claimed the top spot on the Hot 100 after a massive streaming week “Way 2 Sexy” led the way on the single’s chart, while nine other CLB tracks occupied the top 10 slots on the chart, making Drizzy the first artist in history to do so. “Way 2 Sexy” became the 6 God’s ninth number-one and extended his reign as the rap star with the most No. 1 songs in history.

  • “Rapstar” by Polo G

Debut Date: April 24, 2021

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Polo G is leading the way as one of hip-hop’s next undisputed superstars. He further cemented his status in the game with “Rapstar,” his first Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper. With more than 77.7 million streams in its first seven days, the lead single to Polo’s first No. 1 album, Hall Of Fame, became an instant hit. 

  • “What’s Next” by Drake

Debut Date: March 20, 2021

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If in 2021, you wondered what was next for Drake, he had an answer for you: more hits! “What’s Next,” the lead single for his three-track, Scary Hours 2 ep, conquered the Hot 100 immediately after its release. While the high energy track landed at No. 1, the accompanying tracks “Wants and Needs,” featuring Lil Baby and the Rick Ross-assisted “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” occupied the No. 2 and 3 spots. Drake became the first artist ever to have three singles debut in the top three positions of the Hot 100.

  • “Franchise” by Travis Scott featuring Young Thug and MIA

Debut Date: Oct. 10, 2020

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Travis Scott has been a franchise player for a while. The Cactus Jack head honcho was assisted by all stars Young Thug and MIA for “Franchise,” his third number-one debut. The hit single was at the time supposed to be the lead single for Scott’s fifth solo album, Utopia. Scott is the only artist to have three songs debut at number-one in less than a year.

  • “WAP” by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion

Debut Date: Aug. 22, 2020

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What happens when two of the biggest female rappers of the moment come together? Well, when Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion connected for “WAP,” they almost broke the internet. Their bass heavy, sex-positive Balitimore club-inspired banger spent four week on top of the Billboard Hot 100. With the immediate success of “WAP,” Cardi became the first female rapper to chart a No. 1 in two decades. “WAP” was her fourth and Megan’s second chart-topping single.

  • “Trollz” by 6ix9ine & Nicki Minaj

Debut Date: June 27, 2020

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Controversy sells and the career of 6ix9ine has been proof. For his single, the infamous rapper linked up with Nicki Minaj for a third time. The combination of controversy and lots of hype resulted in the tandems’ track debuting at No. 1. The track only spent four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • “The Scotts” by Travis Scott & Kid Cudi

Debut Date: May 9, 2020

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The legend known as Kid Cudi made his first appearance on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Scott’s,” the 2020 collab between him and Travis Scott. Following the huge debut of the single produced by Take A Daytrip, Dot da Genius and Plain Pat, Scott became one of only six artists in history to have multiple songs debut at No. 1.

  • “Toosie Slide” by Drake

Debut Date: April 18, 2020

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“Toosie Slide” became Drake’s third number-one debut on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as his seventh chart-topping song. The song named after social influencer, Toosie was the lead single from Drizzy’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes mixtape.

  • “Highest In The Room” by Travis Scott

Debut Date: Oct. 19, 2019

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The 2019 single brought in 59 million streams in its first week and was remixed by Lil Baby and Latin star Rosalia.

  • “This Is America” by Childish Gambino

Debut Date: May 19, 2018

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“This Is America” was the 31st song to spend its opening week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also Childish Gambino’s first chart-topping and top ten single. It went on to win four Grammy Awards, including Best Rap/Sung Performance, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Music Video. “This Is America” became the first rap song to take home the Grammy trophies for both Record and Song of the Year.

  • “Nice for What” by Drake

Debut Date: April 21, 2018

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An ode to the independent women out there, “Nice for What” contained a sample of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor,” as well as vocals from Big Freedia. Upon its debut, it replaced “God’s Plan” in the No. 1 spot, making Drake the first artist in history to replace one No.1 debut with another No.1 debut. The hit song held down the top spot on Billboard’s single charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks.

  • “God’s Plan” by Drake

Debut Date: February 3, 2018

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Drake seemingly had a plan when it came to his 2018 album Scorpion. That plan was to rule the charts. “God’s Plan” was the first of several Scorpion singles that topped the Billboard Hot 100. The Grammy Award-winning song broke first-day streaming records on Spotify, as well as on Apple Music and became the most streamed song of 2018 for both Spotify and Apple Music.

  • “I’m The One” by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

Debut Date: May 20, 2017

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DJ Khaled told us he had been grinding all his life. With “I’m The One,” the second single from his tenth album, Grateful, he finally reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song which has been streamed more than a billion times on Spotify also debuted in the top position on the UK Singles Chart.

  • “Not Afraid” by Eminem

Debut Date: May 22, 2010

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What hasn’t Eminem done? The megastar rapper broke several records through his lengthy career. His 2010 single was the first rap song in about 12 years to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Boi-1da-co-produced track became Em’s second certified diamond single.

  • “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill

Debut Date: November 14, 1998

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One of the G.O.A.T. female rappers, Lauryn Hill shook up the game when she released her debut solo single, “Doo Wop (That Thing).” The lead single from her debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill became the first debut single to top the Hot 100 in its opening week. The two-time Grammy Award-winning song is also the first song by a female rapper to hit No. 1.

  • “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112

Debut Date: June 14, 1997

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The first rap song to debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100 was a tribute to the late and great Notorious B.I.G. “I’ll Be Missing You” featured Biggie’s wife Faith, as well as Bad Boy crooners 112. In the US, the single spent 11 weeks at No. 1, while it also landed in the top position in 15 countries around the world. To date, the Grammy Award-winning single is one of the top-selling songs of all time.