7. Lil Uzi Vert
Can anybody deny the star power of Lil Uzi Vert? The Philadelphia project took over the summer behind the buzz of his Lil Uzi v The World tape and key features like “Too Much Sauce” alongside of Future. If that wasn’t enough, Uzi performed all over the country at every festival possible and made a trademark out of running through festival areas and being chased by fans. This summer was a good one for Uzi.
6. Gucci Mane
When Gucci Mane was first announced to be get an early release from jail the trap went crazy. Less than a month out Guwop dropped his Everybody Looking album, and then started to take over stages beginning with the Fox Theater in Atlanta for an amazing welcome home show. Since then we have heard Gucci featured on records with Kanye West, Dreezy and many more. It’s hard to imagine because of the time he has been around but Big Guwop may have had his best summer.
5. Chance the Rapper
When Coloring Book hit the e-streets back in May it was easy to see that Chano would have a great summer but who could predict the feats that he has reached. The 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne assisted “No Problem” is owning the radio and clubs, Chance has sold out buildings across the world in preparation for his fall tour and he launched a festival for his hometown on the Southside. The summer was a great set up to finish Chance’s year.
The lone lady on the list is Rihanna whose “Work” set the pace for her Anti album. During the summer season “Needed Me” was one of the hottest singles out, Rihanna owned the MTV VMAs as the recipient of the Video Vanguard Award, she wrapped up her tour and continuously joined her “Too Good” counterpart and bae, Drake, for part of his. Summer 16 was definitely busy for Rih Rih.
3. Kanye West
With various singles from his The Life of Pablo album sizzling through the season, Kanye West’s presence was very much felt this summer. Add in the work with his G.O.O.D. Music roster and there was plenty of sounds from Yeezus to enjoy. To put the icing on the cake his “Fade” video sent ripples across the net, his Pablo tour has a floating stage and rave reviews and fashion is a staple as always.
We knew that Future would be here, it wouldn’t be right if he didn’t. We got a DJ Esco tape, might as well be called a Future tape, back in July and spurned some more hits to the artist’s repertoire, including the surging “Married to the Game.” Future also let out a loose single or two over the course but his work as a member of the Summer Sixteen tour is one of the milestones that keep him at the top of the summer.
He claimed Summer Sixteen, he named Summer Sixteen, he owned Summer Sixteen. Drake’s “One Dance” clocked in at number one on the charts, “Controlla” performed well and Views reigned supreme for weeks; the summer was the Drake show. The aforementioned Summer Sixteen show was the must see show of the summer and Aubrih was the couple to be watched. If that wasn’t enough Drake found himself on songs with YG, Future, 2 Chainz, everybody. The OVO frontman held down this year, just as promised.