It started out in the 90s when singers and rappers work together to form a song. A singer may invite a rapper for a rap part of a song or the other way around. Together, they can form a good melody which became a formula for a hit song.
Below is my list of 10 rap-sung collaborations:
10. Beyonce ft. Jay-Z- Crazy in Love
The couple first collaborated when Destiny’s Child appeared in Jay-Z’s song until the two worked together for “03 Bonnie & Clyde” (not on this list) and finally in this song, “Crazy in Love”. The horn sample dominates the entire song and the rap part is catchy and I can’t think how it’s like without it.
9. Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland- Dilemma
Nelly was known for catchy rapping. I mean his way of rapping creates melody especially heard in this song. Kelly Rowland’s part, though, made the song a bigger hit because of its melody.
8. Eminem & Rihanna- Love the Way You Lie
When bad boy rapper meets good girl gone bad singer, it will result to a great collaboration especially in a song about going through a difficult relationship. The huge collaboration resulted into huge success after achieving multi-platinum certification.
7. Fergie ft. Ludacris- Glamorous
What I love about this song is its smooth R&B sound. The rap is good enough to complete the song. Well, it just became Fergie’s second number one hit.
6. Twista ft. Kanye West and Jamie Foxx- Slow Jamz
This became one of the rap/R&B hits in 2004. I liked the song when I first heard it on radio. The sampling of Luther Vandross’ song made it more effective.
5. Ja Rule ft. Ashanti- Always on Time
Ja Rule always made effective songs during 2000-2003. Her collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti were the most notable especially this song. Anyway, what made this song a hit was the catchy chorus.
4. Usher and Alicia Keys- My Boo
Many of you might think there’s no rapper in this song. Nevertheless, there’s rap part of the song done by Alicia Keys after Usher’s intro. It’s a beautiful mid-tempo love song that’s pleasing to listen to.
3. Black Eyed Peas ft. Justin Timberlake- Where’s the Love?
Justin may not have been properly credited in this song but the chorus is the life of the song along with its wonderful lyrics. It eventually became huge back in 2003.
2. Jennifer Lopez ft. Ja Rule- I’m Real (Remix)
The original version of the song is good but the remix version is better. I love how they sing and rap alternately in every line. It was huge at the charts back then.
1. Mariah Carey ft. ODB- Fantasy (Remix)
This is one of the biggest rap-sung collaboration of 1990s. It was also one of the first remixes of hip-hop and R&B. It proved that rap and singing can be effective in music industry.