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Bill O’Reilly, Gene Simmons, Geraldo Rivera and every other Rap naysayer are all dying a little on the inside. According to a recent Neilsen report, Hip-Hop is the most popular music genre in the country.

The  midyear report, which groups Rap and R&B together, details that Hip-Hop accounted for 25.1% of all music consumption throughout the first half of 2017.  While the statistic only equals to only a quarter slice of the entire data set, it does mark the dethroning of Rock & Roll which has reigned since 1991.

The news should not come as a total surprise as Kendrick Lamar’s Damn topped the top 10 consumed albums list throughout the six-month period with 1.9 million listeners. Drake’s More Life came in third with 1.8 million.

Hip-Hop has also performed exceptionally on the singles charts as Migos‘ “Bad & Boujee” has been streamed 650 million times since its’ commercial release; seven other Rap songs claimed stake on the top 10 singles list. Forbes reports that Hip-Hop dominates streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music; it is as popular as Rock and Pop music combined.

“It’s been an action-packed start to the year, with records broken, chart history made, and several categories growing quickly,” Nielsen stated. You can view the chart numbers below.

Photo: Nielsen

Let’s hope this leads to better recognition on national platforms and less cultural appropriation.

Photo: WENN.com

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