Despite the controversies that marked his life, a good many people will agree that musically Michael Jackson was a genius.
He managed to pass that genius down to many musicians who have spoken about his influence on their music.
Kanye West is not exempt from that group of people. In fact, in 2013, he told BBC Radio 1; “I would not be Kanye West if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson.” And everyone knows Kanye is not one to slather on praise if it is not directed at his own self.
Well, Yeezy has now surpassed one of his idol’s most memorable accomplishments by landing his 40th Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, beating MJ’s 39.
Kanye was featured on Schoolboy Q’s song “That Part,” which secured the rapper and sometimes singer a spot at No. 10 on Billboard’s list of men with the most Top 40 visits (not including groups).
Billboard released the list of musicians with the highest number of hits that crossed the top 40 mark on the Billboard Hot 100 which also includes fellow rappers JayZ, Lil Wayne, and Drake, who are currently ahead of Kanye.
Check out the full list according to Billboard below;
- Elvis Presley (80 visits)
- Lil Wayne (69 visits)
- Elton John (57 visits)
- Drake (53 visits)
- Stevie Wonder (46 visits)
- Jay-Z (45 visits)
- James Brown (44 visits)
- Chris Brown (42 visits)
- Marvin Gaye (41 visits)
- Kanye West (40 visits)
Taylor Swift, Madonna, Celine Dion and Aretha Franklin are some women who would have featured ahead of Kanye West in the list if it was not a strictly men’s list.
Despite that, it must still be a really big deal to break the record of not merely the ‘King of Pop’ but a man whose music continues to influence musicians the world over. Kanye West is yet to comment on the milestone, but he’ll probably take to Twitter soon to congratulate himself.