Billboard and other groups have attempted to provide rankings for artists and their albums. Until now there has not been any objective rankings for the CHH genre, and we here at Rap Remnant thought that should change. There is some serious depth in the industry, and we want to show who is on top of their game. The result is our monthly CHH Top 25 rankings. These rankings are not the artists we think are the best or on top. Instead of just using our opinions, we have taken data from a variety of public sources to try and create rankings that show which artists in CHH really are on top. If you would like to know more about the specifics of the data behind the rankings, please visit the methodology section below the rankings. Now, starting from 25, here are CHH’s top artists. Let us know in the comments section what you think.
(All data is up to date as of May 30, 2015)
25. Shai Linne – Lamp Mode Recordings
Shai Linne has been pretty active with his Lyricial Theology Part 1 being released in 2013 and Part 2 in mid-2014. Neither of the albums were exceedingly successful, but they both did grab some attention. Lyrical Theology Part 2: Doxology did chart of Billboard, notably peaking at 17th on the Rap Albums Chart and 13th on the Christian Albums Chart. It only lasted one week on both of those charts, but Shai Linne has his fair share of followers.
24. Sho Baraka – Independent
Sho Baraka has been a little quiet lately. His most recent album, Talented 10th, was released back in January of 2013, and since then he’s only released one single. Still, the album placed for one week on the Billboard 200 at 108th as well as having success on both the Rap Album and Christian Album Charts. Sho remains one of CHH’s bigger names, but his lack of recent activity pushes him a little lower on the rankings than he would be otherwise.
23. Viktory – Independent
Viktory is relying more on the popularity of the first R4 (Relentless 4ever) album that was released back in 2012. R4 Volume 2, released in October of last year, did not break very high in the rankings or bring many listeners. It’s still a younger album, so his activity brings him a little higher up the rankings. His most recent album did not show on the Rap Albums Chart or the Billboard 200, but peaked at 40th on the Christian Albums Chart.
22. Thi’sl – Independent
Thi’sl has constantly been impressive as an independent. His most recent album, Fallen King, was released in May of last year and was very successful. There are still plenty of listeners to his music, and he is a big name in the industry, even without a major label backing him. Fallen King peaked at 115th on the Billboard 200 and 11th on both the Rap Albums and Christian Albums charts.
21. Eshon Burgundy – Humble Beast
Eshon’s latest album, The Fear of God, was released in March of this year and has been a huge step forward for him. The album being only a few months old gives him a bit of a boost in the rankings. His album peaked at 2oth on the Rap Albums Chart and 15th on the Christian Albums Chart. It did not break into the Billboard 200, but the album has shown success in listeners, especially for how new the album is.
20. Json – Lamp Mode Recordings
Json’s status is very similar to Eshon Burgundy’s. His most recent album, No Filter, was released in March of this year as well. His album did not do amazingly well on the billboard charts (24th on the Rap Albums Chart and 17th on the Christian Albums Chart), but Json moves a little higher up on the rankings as he’s released 3 albums in the last 3 years, and No Filter is still very new.
19. Swoope – Collision Records
Collision’s artists have been very active of late, and Swoope is no different. Sinema was released in August of last year and was very successful on Billboard. The album peaked at 55th on the Billboard 200, 4th on the Rap Albums Chart, and 3rd on the Christian Albums Chart. Those numbers are very good, but his listeners have faded away, and that forces him to be lower on the chart than he would be otherwise.
18. Bizzle – God Over Money Records
Bizzle has been fairly active, with two albums being released in the last few years. His most recent album, Well Wishes, was released in July of last year and has been pretty popular. Not only are a good amount of people still listening to the album, when it was released it peaked on the Billboard 200 at 116th. It also peaked at 12th on the Rap Albums Chart and 6th on the Christian Albums Chart.
17. Gemstones – Xist Music
Gemstones has really just showed up on the CHH scene recently with his most recent album, Blind Elephant. The album generated some buzz as he’s been active in the mainstream rap game in the past, so Gemstones could remain on the list for awhile, depending on if people continue listening. The album peaked at 24th on the Rap Albums Chart and 20th on the Christian Albums Chart. It’s only about a month old too, so that gives it a bump.
16. Alex Faith – Collision Records
Alex Faith is another one of Collision’s very active artists as of late. He and Dre Murray released their visual album, Southern Lights: Overexposed, in late April of this year, and it turned quite a few heads. The album has had a good amount of listeners as well. It peaked at 22nd on the Rap Albums Chart and 15th on the Christian Albums Chart. It probably deserved to be higher, because the video with the music being released for free may have damaged the numbers there.
15. Dre Murray – Collision Records
You can pretty much copy all of Alex Faith’s summary and paste it here. Dre beats out Alex simply because he featured in Swoope’s hit single #SameTeam, which pushed his listener numbers slightly above Alex’s (for the information on how features are considered please look at the methodology).
14. Canton Jones – CAJO Records
Canton Jones has been extremely active since 2012, with 4 albums being released. His most recent one, God City USA, was released in July of last year. It has had less listeners than his other project released in 2014, Lust, Drugs & Gospel, but it had a very good showing on Billboard. God City peaked at 105th on the Billboard 200 and 3rd on the Christian Albums Chart, where it remained for a solid six weeks. It weirdly did not appear on the Rap Albums Chart though.
13. Da’ T.R.U.T.H. – Mixed Bag Music Group
In terms of listeners, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. has almost the exact same amount as Canton Jones. His most recent album, Heartbeat, was released in April of last year, and did very well on the Billboard Charts. It peaked at 84th on the Billboard 200, 8th on the Rap Albums Chart, and 7th on the Christian Albums Chart. It stayed on the Rap Albums Chart for 2 weeks, and he’s the first artist on these rankings to do that with their most recent album. Those Billboard numbers give him the bump over Canton Jones, but it’s nearly a tie.
12. KJ-52 – TPC Music
KJ-52 is hard to rank. His most recent album, Mental, disappointed compared to the success of his previous album, Dangerous. The latter album’s success cannot be ignored, and it pushes KJ higher up the rankings than he would be otherwise. Mental dropped in October of last year and peaked at 21st on the Rap Albums Chart and 12th on the Christian Albums Chart. Regardless of the Billboard numbers, he has a larger amount of listeners than many other artists, but Mental‘s relative lack of success prevents him from being in the top 10.
11. Canon – Reflection Music Group
Canon has been very active with three releases since 2012. His most recent project, Loose Canon Vol. 2, was also released in October of last year. It has had a very large and constant amount of listeners, and it is still a fairly recent album. The album also had a good amount of success on Billboard, peaking at 101st on the Billboard 200, 9th on the Rap Albums Chart, and 6th on the Christian Albums Chart. Some hit singles from his previous albums help him significantly as well, as people are still listening to tracks like “How We Do It” and “Loud Music”.
10. Propaganda – Humble Beast
Propaganda is being supported half by the success of his older album, Excellent, released back in 2012, and half by his more recent album, Crimson Cord, which was released in April of last year. People are still listening to the older album. Crimson Cord has a few very popular tracks, but beyond those few tracks it was not extremely consistent. Still, the album did very well on Billboard, peaking at 55th on the Billboard 200, 8th on the Rap Albums Chart, and 5th on the Christian Albums Chart.
9. Flame – Clear Sight Music
Flame is one of the biggest names in CHH, but he hasn’t released his own album since Royal Flush back in 2013. His label, Clear Sight Music, released a collaborative album with him on it, but it didn’t garner much attention, and it wasn’t only his album so the album’s overall status doesn’t benefit Flame much. Still, Flame’s much older tracks have kept his name in people’s minds, and The 6th was a very successful album when it was released in 2012. Royal Flush itself peaked at 108th on the Billboard 200, 11th on the Rap Albums Chart (staying for 2 weeks), and 9th on the Christian Albums Chart. That is not an extremely successful charting, but Flame still has a large amount of listeners, and that pushes him into the top 10.
8. Social Club – Independent
Social Club is no doubt CHH’s most popular independent artist(s). Fern and Marty have been around for awhile, and their most recent album, US, released in late March of this year, is very popular. They get the nod over Flame mainly because of how recent their album was released, but they did fairly well on Billboard for independents. The album peaked at 103rd on the Billboard 200, 9th on the Rap Albums Chart, and 3rd on the Christian Albums Chart. They’ve also released plenty of albums in the last few years and still benefit from the popularity of their Misfits 2 album released last year. Even though their album is still very new, it has racked up the listens, so Social Club definitely deserves this spot.
7. Derek Minor – Reflection Music Group
Derek Minor has been a big name in CHH for a long time, and even after leaving Reach he still is. His most recent release, Empire, dropped in January of this year. His previous release, Minorville, was a bit more successful and still has a lot more listens than his new album. Still, Empire impressed on the Billboard charts, peaking at 54th on the Billboard 200, 6th on the Rap Albums Chart, and 2nd on the Christian Albums Chart (where it stayed for six weeks). His switch to creating his own record label may have made it harder for Empire to have as much success, but Minor still has a large amount of listeners.
6. Tedashii – Reach Records
Tedashii is the first of the Reach giants on the list. He is hurt by having only one release, Below Paradise, since 2012, but that album was released in May of last year, so it is still fairly recent. It also was a very successful album in terms of listeners and on the Billboard charts. It peaked at 17th on the Billboard 200 (and stayed there for two weeks, impressively), 2nd on the Rap Albums Chart (where it stayed for 5 weeks), and 2nd on the Christian Albums Chart (where it remained for 11 weeks). Tedashii is a mile in front of Derek Minor in listeners and chart rankings. That is why Reach has 4 of the next 5 artists.
5. NF – Capitol Christian
NF is CHH’s newest big name. In the last year he released his debut self-named EP and his debut album, Mansion. Mansion was released in late March, and NF is still riding the wave of popularity that it has had. He has Capitol Christian, a subsidiary of the Universal Music Group (the biggest record label in the world) backing him, so that is a huge advantage for him. He has quickly racked up a large amount of listeners, and Mansion has sustained rankings on the Billboard charts as well. It peaked at 62nd on the Billboard 200, 9th on the Rap Albums Chart (which it is still on for its 7th week), and 1st on the Christian Album Chart (which it is still on for its 8th week). The album being so recent as well as it continuing to stay on the charts pushes NF into the top 5.
4. Trip Lee – Reach Records
Trip Lee is riding the success of his 2012 album, The Good Life, and his album released in October of last year, Rise. While rumors will continue to fly around his future as a rapper, Trip has consistently impressed. He has a ton of listeners, and Rise did very well on Billboard’s charts. It peaked at 16th on the Billboard 200 (where it stayed for 3 weeks), 2nd on the Rap Albums Chart (where it stayed for 6 weeks), and 2nd on the Christian Albums Chart (where it stayed for an impressive 21 weeks). Between the number of people still listening to him and those numbers, there’s no doubt Trip deserves the number 4 spot on these rankings.
3. KB – Reach Records
KB is a newer artist than Trip, but he’s had a ton of success with the time he’s been on the CHH scene. His most recent album, Tomorrow We Live, was released in mid-April of this year and was fairly successful, even if it did not do as well as expected on the Billboard charts. It still peaked at 18th on the Billboard 200, 4th on the Rap Albums Chart (where it stayed for 2 weeks), and 1st on the Christian Albums Chart (which it is still on for its 5th week). His 100 EP and Weight & Glory albums are still being listened to as well, and they definitely benefit his ranking.
2. Andy Mineo – Reach Records
Now we reach the two artists that are extremely far ahead of everyone else. First, Andy Mineo. Mineo is like KB as a newer artist than Trip Lee or KB, but he’s garnered a huge fan base while he’s been with Reach. His Never Land EP was released in January of last year and continued to push his popularity upwards. He’s had 3 albums since 2012 and they’ve all done very well. Never Land has a very large amount of listeners and did extremely well on the Billboard charts. It peaked at 13th on the Billboard 200 (where it stayed for 3 weeks), 2nd on the Rap Albums Chart (where it stayed for 8 weeks), and 2nd on the Christian Albums Chart (where it stayed for an amazing 44 weeks). Mineo may be stick in Lecrae’s shadow, but he is no doubt CHH’s number 2.
1. Lecrae – Reach Records
Was this even a question? Lecrae is by far CHH’s most popular artist with his hit album Anomaly being released in October of last year. He’s caught mainstream attention, and he has way more listeners than even Mineo has (more than tripling Trip Lee and KB’s numbers). Anomaly was a hit on Billboard as it peaked at 1st on the Billboard 200 (where it stayed a terrific 27 weeks), 1st on the Rap Albums Chart (which it is still on for the 37th week), and 1st on the Christian Albums Chart (which it is still on for its 37th week). Lecrae has been CHH’s biggest name for awhile, and he likely will remain the biggest name for some time.
These rankings are compiled using data from a variety of sources. Spotify’s public numbers provide the backbone of the rankings. Since these numbers are biased towards older albums, we also factor in data from the Billboard rankings as well as how recently the artist released their album. The more recent the album release, the larger the bonus in the rankings they receive. The goal from this is to provide an objective set of rankings based off of available data. We only use data from albums released in 2012 or later to ensure a successful up and coming artist does not get overshadowed by an artist who was successful five years ago, but has not been active recently. An artist’s top 5 songs are given a bonus and the next 5 are used in a less weighted way to compile the backbone of the data. Features are also considered, but they are given much less weight than an artist’s own tracks. If you have any further questions feel free to comment below.