One of my favorite aspects of hip-hop music is frequent collaboration between artists. It’s a defining characteristic of the genre and often results in some amazing music.
Here are five examples of great rap collaborations:
This is possibly one of the best rap songs ever made and surprisingly few people are aware of its existence. Released in 2010, “Syllables” features verses from Eminem, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Stat Quo, and Cashis. Aside from the ridiculously impressive line-up of rappers, the song is actually insightful. The message focuses on the hook-driven, catchy-beat state of modern hip-hop music. This topic’s purposefully juxtaposed with a very generic chorus.
“Walk This Way”
Aerosmith’s 1975 song “Walk This Way” was remade in 1986 with the help of Run-D.M.C. This was one of the first major collaborations between the rock and rap genres. It became an international hit and was the first hip-hop song to reach the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“I’m On 2.0”
I love this song… So many incredible artists teamed up to make it. The song is by Trae Tha Truth but features appearances from Big K.R.I.T., Jadakiss, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B., Tyga, Gudda Gudda, Bun B, & Mark Morrison. When “I’m On 2.0” was released I thought it was too good to be true… Kendrick and Cole alone is enough to have me in tears. I didn’t think Trae could possibly get all these artists together to make a music video… I’ve never been so happy to be proven wrong.
From Kanye West’s album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, “So Appalled” includes verses from Kanye West, Jay-Z, Cyhi the Prynce, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, and RZA. In my opinion, Jay-Z and Cyhi the Prynce give the standout performances in the song.
“Abstract and the Dragon”
In 2013, rap legends Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes teamed up to create a mixtape called The Abstract & The Dragon. The 28-song mixtape features new collaborations, remixes, and old school hits. The only thing better than a collaborative album is a free collaborative album.
What are some of your favorite hip-hop collabs?
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