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Future Second Only To Drake In Rap Streaming Revenue
Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings ranks rapper Future at #10 with a $23 million year, pushed there especially by streaming royalties.
Looking at the year June 2016 through June 2017, more than half of the top-15 streamed artists were hip-hop. Future's music revenues were about half of his $23 million payday, placing him second only to the list's #2 Drake for highest royalties. Future's first GRAMMY nomination was for the 59th GRAMMY Awards for his work as a featured artist on Drake's album Views.
On Feb. 17, 2017 Future released his album Future and then on Feb. 24 he released Hndrxx, making music history as both went to No. 1 back-to-back on the Billboard 200 chart. Future was the first artist to knock themselves off the No. 1 position in 50 years and the only artist ever to do so in successive weeks. That kind of cultural relevance is genuinely rare and helps explain how Future's rap streams stay so high.