The departure "King’s Dead" completes a run that began in April 2015.
Future wraps the fifth-longest charting streak ever on the Billboard Hot 100 as he departs the list dated June 16, his first absence after 166 consecutive weeks boasting at least one song on the ranking.
The superstar rapper’s run began back on April 18, 2015, when “Commas” debuted at No. 98, and lasted through the Black Panther soundtrack cut “King’s Dead,” with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and James Blake, which peaked at No. 21 in March and left the chart after 20 weeks (last ranking on the chart dated June 9). In that span, Future landed 53 hits on the Hot 100 and pushed his career total to 68 charting entries.
Future’s stretch 166 weeks is the fifth-best in Hot 100 history, dating to the chart’s inception on Aug. 4, 1958.
Here’s a look at the current leaderboard for most consecutive weeks spent on the Hot 100:
431, Drake 326, Lil Wayne 216, Rihanna 207, Nicki Minaj 166, Future 161, Chris Brown 159, JAY-Z 152, Nelly 150, Justin Bieber
Unsurprisingly, the list features several rap acts, who ten provide guest verses for featured billings in line with the collaborative nature the genre. Similarly, Rihanna, Brown and Bieber, while not primarily rappers, are are ten recruited to sing the main hooks on pop and rap hits.
During his lengthy run, Future nabbed his first top 10 Hot 100 hit as a lead artist, “Mask Off,” which climbed to No. 5 in May 2017. It also ranked as his second-longest-charting tune in that window, with its 31 weeks on the chart trailing only “Low Life,” featuring The Weeknd, which posted 35 weeks.
The MC's constant hitmaking lined up with his steady output: He has released six studio albums since 2015, with five debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200: DS2 (2015); What a Time to Be Alive, a joint album with Drake (2015); Evol (2016); a self-titled set (2017); and HNDRXX (2017). His 2017 works also scored the Atlanta native a slice chart history when he became the first act to debut two albums at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in consecutive weeks.