We won’t be able to show all the hip-hop songs that come out on TikTok, but we can show the most listened to. Tiktok has become a huge and perhaps even dominant social media platform for current teens. For some, the app isn’t just a fun distraction or creative outlet, it’s also a career and income tool. A big aspect of the app consists of videos that revolve around music. (There is no specific order)
Today, before the app introduces another generation of rising stars, we break down the biggest hip-hop names and songs that found their fame on TikTok.
Scroll down for seventeen rap records exploding on TikTok.
YNW Melly and 9lokkNine – “223’s”
Fans and Hip-Hop fans seem to have been impressed by YNW Melly’s unique approach to music since “Murder On My Mind” first made fun of it in 2018.
However, the ridiculous topic was finally shut down when casual music listeners who may have been put off by Melly’s eccentric personality took some of her tracks to curated dances from TikTok’s biggest stars and continued to go viral in practice.
“223’s,” which includes 9lokkNine, one of Melly’s most successful tracks to date, became the first to gain accelerated popularity in the app. The app has over 1.6 million TikTok videos that use a 2019 song, which usually includes the signature dance.
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SoFaygo – “Knock Knock”
Soundcloud has to thank the promising TikTok for its rapid rise to success in 2020.
Prior to her TikTok fame, the 19-year-old Atlanta rapper/singer made a name for herself on the underground Soundcloud platform and connected with names like Lil Tecca and SSGKobe. However, the 2020 hit “Knock Knock,” produced by Lil Tecca, quickly became one of the app’s favorite sounds. The song slowed down and sped up in a variety of different renditions, resulting in over 100,000 TikToks. “Knock Knock” remains SoFaygo’s most popular song to date, with over 75 million Spotify streams. The rapper Piggy stepped back from that success by signing a record deal with Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack recordings in February of this year.
Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”
Megan Thee Stallion has quickly become a powerhouse in the rap scene with her catchy feminist anthems and endless charisma.
Stans and his army of religious listeners have accumulated over the past two years through trends he has curated for predominantly explosive viral TikTok dances and frequent female-friendly anthems.
Although she made waves on stage before winning the TikTok virality, the dances choreographed to Megan’s song “Savage” eventually pushed her to the top of the Billboard charts and rap game. The trend first started when verified user Keara Wilson performed her own dance to the song shortly after its release in March 2020. With more than 15 million views and 2 million likes, this video set the stage for more than 21 million other videos that copy the dance or just use the song. This TikTok success ultimately helped earn a Beyoncé feature in the remix and a No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.