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Celebrate Black Culture this Juneteenth with Reflection and A Fire Playlist 

It’s a celebration fr fr! For the second year, Juneteenth National Independence Day aka Juneteenth — which commemorates the unofficial end of slavery here in America — is being officially recognized as a national holiday.

“We must understand that Juneteenth represents not only the commemoration of the end of slavery in America more than 150 years ago, but the ongoing work to have to bring true equity and racial justice into American society,” said President Joe Biden after he signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law, establishing June 19th as federal holiday.

It wasn’t that long ago that Ye reminded us listeners that “racism is still alive.” And boy, was Mr. West right. Just think about the recent increase in hate crimes such as racially-motivated mass shootings that have taken place in churches and supermarkets or the everyday interactions with “Karens” that go viral or how COVID-19 disproportionately impacted certain communities.

These are just a few of the constant reminders for so many Black Americans that their Blackness is simply inescapable. That Blackness is, however, also bold and beautiful and artists from Beyoncé to Billie Holiday have made sure to remind the world of that.

Way before Juneteenth was celebrated across the country, African-American artists had been using their music and platforms to shed light on their people’s struggles, culture, achievements, beauty and heritage. “Say it loud! I’m Black and I’m proud,” said James Brown with his 1968 hit “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.”

From showing love to Black girls that rock and neighborhood hustlers who have upped it to boss status, classic songs and contemporary bops have spoken to the richness and diversity of Black culture. With statements like fuck the police and we gon’ be alright, leading musicians have straight up confronted the plethora of inequalities, injustices and other unjust realities that have plagued certain Americans since the birth of this nation.

In honor of Juneteenth, ONE37pm put together a playlist of songs that pay tribute to the resilience and creative spirit of the Black community. Our 2022 Juneteenth Playlist is comprised of anthems crafted by icons such as Nina Simone, Marvin Gay, Aretha Franklin and Jay-Z, as well as contemporary hit-makers like J. Cole, Polo G, Meek Mill, Joey Bada$$ and Kendrick Lamar.

Vibe out, turn up and reflect with this collection of songs celebrating Black history, Black culture and Black progression.

Happy Juneteenth!

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Bops That Just Dropped: New Music Roundup

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 new music should be on your radar.

“Distraction” – Polo G

Polo G has his eye on the prize with his latest single, “Distraction.” Fed up with being overlooked, the Chicago rapper is going at the necks of naysayers and nonbelievers. “I go so hard, they still discredit my talent,” he raps on the Southside-produced track. “Distraction” is the first single released from Polo and Southside’s forthcoming collaborative album, NorthSide. Within days of its release, the video -which was teased with a Kai Cenat-assisted trailer- received over 3 million views on Youtube. So far, it has peaked as the No. 2 trending music video on the platform. With “Distraction,” Polo G once again makes it clear that he is one of the best rappers in the game.

‘Lost Souls’ – Vory

Long before dropping his debut album, Lost Souls, Vory proved to be a force to be reckoned with. Since landing on the scene in 2015, the 24-year-old artist has been garnering lots of attention. He’s co-written songs like Bryson Tiller’s breakthrough hit, “Don’t” and “Friends” from Jay-Z and Beyonce’s collaborative album, Everything Is Love. He was also featured on several tracks from Kanye West’s award-winning album, Donda. Vory’s distinctive blend of hip-hop and r&b is present throughout his 17-track debut. Ye, Fresco Trey, Nav and Yung Bleu appear on the album which also features contributions from hit-making producers such as Mike Dean, OG Parker, 88-Keys and others.

“Demon” – B-Lovee featuring Coi Leray

As always, B-Lovee is on that demon time. The emerging Bronx drill rapper connects with Coi Leray for his latest single, “Demon.” The “IYKYK” rapper delivers his signature flow and big New York energy over the hypnotic Fast Life Beats-produced beat, while the Trendsetter rapper holds it down for the female savages with her melodic hook. B-Lovee’s “Demon” drops days after he and Leray hit the road for her headlining Trendsetter Tour.

This week’s collection of new music releases also includes projects from Post Malone, 070 Shake, Big Moochie Grape and others, as well as new tracks from Kash Doll, Swae Lee, Rowdy Rebel, Slatt Zy and more. Tap in with our weekly roundup below and don’t forget to come back next Friday and every Friday after that for a round up 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.

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.

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

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

Debut Date: May 9, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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.