We’re past the point of being surprised by hip-hop collaborations. We think it happened around the time when Jack White collaborated with Insane Clown Posse. There seems to be little to no shame in hip-hop collaborations these days, and we are very happy about that. Still, we cherish the ones like Run the Jewels and Freddie Gibbs teaming up with Madlib the most. Here are ten hip-hop collaborations we want to happen in 2017. These could be single tracks or even full albums/mixtapes.
The king of Compton (sorry Kendrick) and the king of Bompton. YG has made the claim of being “the only one to make it out the West without Dre.” Debatable as that is, YG has still established himself as one of California’s best. We’re sure he could hold his own against Dre.
Few rappers sound more unhinged than Danny Brown, and few sound more relaxed than 2 Chainz. We don’t know how well a collaboration between the two would work, but the contrasting dynamics would be fascinating to observe.
Two extremely popular rappers, both who compose thoughtful, emotional songs (and songs called “Ellen DeGeneres” and “I’m Miley Cyrus”) One was invited to Obama’s birthday party, the other has a mixtape entitled Obama BasedGod. Should this collaboration happen, we’re positive it would actually break the internet.
Gucci Mane emerged from prison sober and with a strong new flow. Wunderkind producer Clams Casino would be able to give Gucci’s dark road to redemption the atmosphere it so richly deserves.
Thugger was recently announced as joining Drizzy on his European album, so this could become a reality. If it did, it could be an amazing combination of sentimental and surreal.
Two young rappers: one who seems burdened by the world and another who seems transfixed by how much there is to do and see. Earl and Yachty could provide the hip-hop yin and yang we didn’t know we needed.
Charli’s collaborations with Sophie on the Vroom Vroom EP last year showed how well she could stand up against aggressive beats. Footwork producer Jlin’s arrangements are so aggressive, they feel like a stampede in your ears. A collaboration between her and Charli could prompt waves of head-banging and floor-stomping.
Kanye is considered to be the king of ego in the rap game, but the boasts provided by Killer Mike and El-P make us question that. If Kanye were to jump on one of RTJ’s well-known bangers, it could be the most braggadocious rap song ever.
Both ScHoolboy and Freddie have well-established reputations as gangbangers turned storytellers. Between the two of the, they can spin some yarns with some tight flows and vivid imagery.
Okay, this is all but guaranteed to never happen, but how fun would it be to listen to a song with Future and Desiigner together and try to guess who’s who?