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


Nas & B.I.G. 


Cam'Ron & Jay-Z


West Coast Royalty


Grammy Family


Nas, Aalyiah, & Missy Elliott


Big Slim Dogg


Magna Carter Production Squad


Nothin But A G Thang


50 Cent & Jay-Z


Bad Meets Evil


Jada Pinkett & Eazy E


Baby Migos


COMPTON


Pac, Snoop, & MC Hammer