{{:: 'cloud_flare_always_on_short_message' | i18n }}
Check @genius for updates. We'll have things fixed soon.

Genius Presents: The Month In Lyrics (September 2018)

Eminem & Machine Gun Kelly’s beef dominated the month, but Kanye West, Lil Pump, & Lil Wayne also shined.

Every day, millions of music fans come to Genius to find the deeper meaning behind the lyrics of their favorite artists, from rappers to pop singers to country stars. Our Top Songs Chart reflects what the world is listening to all day, every day. In 2018, we’re crunching numbers and compiling the Month in Lyrics on the first of every month to show what music is catching fans' eyes and ears the most.

The data is broken down into the following categories each month: Top Artists, Top Songs, Top Lyrics, and Top Albums.

Go deeper into the data below:


Top Artists

With his new album Kamikaze dropping one day before the end of August, Eminem’s success on Genius spilled into September in a major way. The Detroit rapper earned over 17 million pageviews across his catalog, blowing away the competition to take first place. XXXTENTACION came in second thanks to continued interest in his catalog, while Lil Wayne landed comfortably in third with just two days of pageviews on his long-awaited album Tha Carter V. Machine Gun Kelly took fourth due almost entirely to his high-profile beef with Eminem, and Ariana Grande rounded out the Top 5.

Thanks entirely to their trollish collab “I Love It,” Kanye West and Lil Pump earned over two million Genius pageviews. They landed one slot above the late Mac Miller, whose tragic death last month drove renewed interest in his extensive catalog of music. Other new releases from BROCKHAMPTON, $UICIDEBOY$, 6LACK, and Lana Del Rey landed each artist a spot in the Top 20. Lil Peep rounded things out with renewed strength thanks to his posthumous song “Falling Down.”


Top Songs

Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly’s beef earned the biggest audience of the month on Genius, with Em’s track breaking the record for fastest song to reach one million pageviews. Aside from Kanye and Pump’s “I Love It” and Ariana Grande’s “God is a woman,” Eminem dominated the entirety of the Top 10, with seven entries. The controversial Lil Peep and XXXTentacion collaboration “Falling Down” landed at No. 11, while Lil Uzi Vert’s six-minute single “New Patek” came it at No. 12.

Other new releases from ​benny blanco, Joji, and Lil Wayne grabbed spots on the lower reaches of the charts alongside another two Eminem tracks. Meanwhile, Jacquees rounded out the Top 20 with his “Quemix” of Ella Mai’s “Trip.” The Cash Money singer’s track was removed from YouTube and SoundCloud by Mai’s label 10 Summers, with DJ Mustard claiming Jacquees tried to illicitly make money off the track. The controversy drove interest in the song, helping it earn more pageviews on Genius than Mai’s original version.


Top Albums

To nobody’s surprise, Eminem easily racked up the highest average pageview count of the month with Kamikaze. MGK came in right behind him, with the high average for “Rap Devil” buoying his new EP Binge. Despite dropping just two days before the end of the month, Lil Wayne managed to land in fourth thanks to strong interest in his long-awaited album Tha Carter V. Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, meanwhile, took fifth with pent-up interest in his new EP Nina Cried Power, his first project in several years.

Rising Atlanta R&B star 6LACK and burgeoning boyband BROCKHAMPTON earned Top 10 berths with their respective albums East Atlanta Love Letter and iridescence, while new releases from $UICIDEBOY$, Why Don’t We, Young Thug, and Logic also performed well. August holdovers like Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD, Nicki Minaj’s Queen, and the late Mac Miller’s Swimming rounded out the Top 20.


Top Lyrics

Once again, Eminem took up the majority of this month’s Top Lyrics chart, with portions of five songs landing in the Top 20. Comedian Adele Givens, whose 1992 Def Jam comedy special is sampled on Kanye West and Lil Pump’s “I Love It,” earned the No. 2 spot this month, while MGK’s accusations of Eminem blackballing him landed at No. 3. Lower down on the chart, confusion over whether Lil Peep was singing “come” or “Ko,” the latter being a reference to his friend and collaborator ​iLoveMakonnen, drove interest in the lyrics for “Falling Down.” Lil Wayne’s XXXTentacion shoutout on “Don’t Cry” also earned a slot, while Lil Uzi Vert finished off the Top 10.