While Instagram can provide much in the way of mindless entertainment, those willing to look a little further might find a treasure trove of hip-hop history at their fingertips. Given that many legendary rappers have used their platform to share candid studio pictures past and present, we’ve decided to amass some of the game’s iconic pairings and musical meetings of the minds. Of course, such images may not be as titillating or scandalous as installments past, but sometimes a moment of reflection is exactly what we need to keep us grounded. We consume so much hip-hop at any given time, it’s easy to forget that these are human beings crafting pieces of art, and the process of collaboration deserves a spotlight.

On our publication, we have a strong appreciation for the art of the “Throwback Pic,” which has been near-perfected by Snoop Dogg, among others. Clearly, there are many who enjoy taking a stroll down memory lane, especially when it comes bygone eras. Sometimes, the pairings are obvious, partnerships we’ve come to grow rather fond of. Other times, the images bring forth unexpected unions, leaving us left interpreting the common ground. 

Here are some of our favorite throwback pictures, a testament to that old familiar adage, “real recognize real.” 


T.I., Jay-Z, Pharrell, & Q-Tip

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtoXVslB43g


Nas & B.I.G. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvOAKQ5nYRE


Cam’Ron & Jay-Z

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw2UI1RhxAi


West Coast Royalty

https://www.instagram.com/p/ByhCELYA9rT


Grammy Family

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzMS1LOBmiz


Nas, Aalyiah, & Missy Elliott

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzZJVRhBUQd


Big Slim Dogg

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpVyQL9BsV4


Magna Carter Production Squad

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0EPRWBpGQE


Nothin But A G Thang

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwXVziEHXoY


50 Cent & Jay-Z

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsozC22AnmF


Bad Meets Evil

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bq5PWJ4B_XN


Jada Pinkett & Eazy E

https://www.instagram.com/p/BisWHiQnUP7


Baby Migos

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhFLWIEBxok


COMPTON

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0BejEHgYP1


Pac, Snoop, & MC Hammer

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqJPvM2h_gX