These two are a couple of the most influential artists from Chicago, as well as two of the most talented. A collaborative project from Lupe and Common would do wonders in reminding everyone that Chicago has some real lyricists in the game. Common named his recent album Nobody’s Smiling, and a good portion of Lupe Fiasco’s catalog would fit that message. We’d get quite a few gems and the album would be sure to have some real substance to it. The project could have the sound of their No I.D.-produced track “We Can Do It Now”. Maybe they’d even reach out to their mutual friend Kanye West for some features and/or production. That’d be great.
Bad Meets Evil (again)
Even way back on The Slim Shady LP, Eminem and Royce Da 5'9" had remarkable chemistry together on the track "Bad Meets Evil." This is a collaboration that has been proven to work with Hell: The Sequel, which came out a few years ago. Em and Royce were both on top of their game when they recorded that album. Being in the studio with one another must make each one want to really impress the other. Go listen to “Fast Lane” if you need to be reminded. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 showed us that Eminem is still one of the best to do it-- he can still go as hard as before and he still throws random shots at people. Now imagine a track like “Rap God” or “Evil Twin”, but with Royce featured on it. It’d be an instant hit (not that those tracks weren't already great). “Evil Twin” even has a sample of Royce’s voice on it. The song was meant for Bad Meets Evil. Putting two of Detroit’s best back in the studio could only yield great results.
If you’ve listened to Royce’s mixtape The Bar Exam 3, then you’ve heard “Go Hard” parts 1 and 2. If you’re like me, that might have been your first time hearing Kid Vishis. The guy fit those tracks perfectly. You could say he even stole the show with lines like “I'll really hit your crib with the semi, Break a nigga baby back and ribs, I call my bullets Chilis”. Then there’s the song “ER” on Royce’s album Success Is Certain on which Vishis definitely stole the show with his verse.
Have you heard Jon Connor’s song “F’N Right”? If not, listen to it. It’s right above. You’re welcome. Anyway, if you have heard it, then you know what Jon Connor and Freddie Gibbs can do together. Admittedly, it wasn’t Jon at his full lyrical potential, but a full project is bound to have some tracks like this. These two Midwest MCs could team up for quite a few excellent tracks. Jon’s cadence and flow might have their match in Freddie’s aggressiveness. When you flow like Jon Connor, you need to work with artists that won’t fade into the background. Freddie Gibbs is no forgettable MC. We could get some great music from these two.
Childish Gambino and Chance The Rapper have worked on a few tracks together and they’ve done great work. Chance has blown up since appearing on Gambino’s song “They Don’t Like Me” on the Royalty mixtape. Since then, they’ve both appeared on the other’s projects, Acid Rap and Because The Internet. They’re two of the most unique rappers in the game, and their two styles sound like they were meant to work together.
When Hopsin started to really get noticed a few years ago, people were talking about how well he might do on Strange Music. Then we got to see a little bit of how well Hop and Tech work together on “Am I A Psycho”. B.o.B. was there too, but he still seems a little out of place on that track. Then on Hopsin’s Knock Madness, there was a song called “Rip your Heart Out”. It’s a great track, and fans of Hopsin and/or Tech N9ne would probably love a tracklist of songs just like it. Hopsin and Tech N9ne trading aggressive and downright weird verses sounds like a treat.
Both of these guys have claimed the title “King of the South” in the past. The decade that started the 2000s off saw both of these rappers rise to fame. Their careers seem to coincide with each other quite a bit, at least chronologically. The two Atlanta MCs even had and squashed a beef and then collaborated on each other’s 2008 albums. Ludacris’ “Wish You Would” and T.I.’s “On Top Of The World” are both great songs. Ludacris’ album Theater of the Minddidn’t have too many tracks better than his collaboration with T.I. Also, a collaboration album between these two would spark both of their fan bases and help the careers of each MC.
This can’t be the first time you’ve heard this. Big Boi is a southern hip hop legend. There’s no debating there. Big K.R.I.T. is one of the best rappers to come out of the South recently, and people have been recognizing him as such even more since “Mount Olympus” came out earlier this year. This is a collaboration that hip-hop needs. They worked together on Big Boi’s “Gossip” a couple years ago, and that gave us a nice look at what we could look forward to if they ever did a full project together. Of course, with each artist’s versatility, we’d get a lot of the more smooth sounding tracks as well.
While most people are debating between favoring Nicki Minaj or Iggy Azalea, these two could blow them both out of the water. When it comes to spittin’, these are two of the most talented ladies out there. Snow and Angel aren’t brought up enough in conversations about the best female MCs, which is even worse considering they should be recognized as two of the hardest spitters regardless of gender. Also, Angel Haze has tweeted that she’d like to rap with Snow Tha Product. Make it happen!
People have been asking for this for years now. Most people have been asking for it in the forms of a cypher or a song, but why not give us a huge compilation album? Of course, not every MC would be on every song, but that’s already the case on Slaughterhouse mixtapes anyway. While there are differences in styles between the groups, that didn’t stop Joe Budden and Ab-Soul on “Cut From a Different Cloth”. That song was one of the best on A Loose Quarter, and we could use a lot more songs like it. Think about how much each MC would want to step their game up with all those other guys writing for the same project. It’d be amazing.
We're listing 10 collaboration albums on our hip hop wishlist.
Art is often a collaborative process. Hip-hop is no exception. You know that feeling you get when two of your favorite artists work together? It’s amazing, right? We need to pursue that feeling. Some people were just meant to work together, and sometimes they need us to remind them of this. Today we’re going through a list of collaboration albums that we, as a hip-hop community, need. When or if these albums happen is up to the listed artists, but hopefully they decide to make at least some of these a reality. Optimism is key, people.