Drake gave fans a lot to talk about in 2013. He dropped his third retail album, went on tour and lent his voice to a ton of rap features. But Drizzy’s name wasn’t just on everyone’s lips, it was at everyone’s fingertips as well. According to a Twitter spokesperson, the Young Money hitmaker was the subject of more tweets than any other hip-hop artist.
The purveyor of the OVO sound generated 52,202,000 tweets, as detailed in a report provided to MTV News. Drake’s Nothing Was the Same LP was tweeted about 2,942,000 times and the rapper spawned a number of top trending topics like #DrakeTaughtMe, #DrakeTwitterPassword and album-related trends like #NothingWasTheSame, Pound Cake, The Language and Wu-Tang Forever.
Eminem also had a big year, and the 140-character messages he generated reflected it. His The Marshall Mathers LP 2 single “Rap God” spawned the #1 hip-hop trend (#RapGod) and he was the second most tweeted-about rap star with 21,271,953 messages generated.
Lil Wayne was the third most tweeted-about rapper, putting him above popular MCs like Jay Z, J. Cole, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. Aside from the album Weezy released this year (I Am Not A Human Being II), fans were talking about his March hospitalization where he was originally reported to be in critical condition. Fans took to Twitter to express support for the multiplatinum rap star, sending over 101,000 messages which spawned trending topics like #PrayforLilWayne, #PrayforWayne and #prayforweezy.
Kanye’s “New Slaves” video debut on the side of buildings across the world in May generated more than 500,000 tweets, and his Yeezus release inspired 4.4 million mentions, making his the most tweeted-about hip-hop album of the year.