Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)
We’re only a few days into February, and already some major rap collaborations have been released, giving us faith that 2014 has the potential to follow-up 2013’s epicness with even more fiyah. It’s always exciting to hear two of hip-hop’s top shottas on one track rapping together, and so far, ‘14 has laced us with a handful of gems in this category, including a joint with Fat Joe and 50 Cent (yes, you read that correctly). Check out The Top 5 Rap Duets of 2014 (So Far), all released since the ball dropped (sorry “The Devil is a Lie”), listed in alphabetical order below.
Marijuana lovers rejoice! Finally, our two favorite potheads on the same song. Those who pay close attention to their Twitter feeds knew it was coming, and when DJ Whoo Kid finally premiered it a couple weekends ago, it did not disappoint. Over a cinematic Nesby Phips track, Spitta warns, “Loose lips, get your feet tied to the bricks/FaceTime with the fishes,” while Bronson raps about “doing business with the manager of Arsenal,” stating that “the goalie’s finger’s in the box with the cannolis.” The Drive In Theatre drops Valentine’s Day.
Leave it to the Drama King himself DJ Kay Slay to bring two of New York’s biggest rap rivals back together on the same record. Fif and Joe squashed their beef publicly during a tribute to their friend Chris Lighty at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, but this is the first time they are rapping alongside each other since their legendary wax war of the 2000s. And it’s a banger too, thanks to StreetRunner’s expert use of Raekwon’s “Incarcerated Scarfaces” drums and the same vocal sample from Freeway’s “Free.”
Coke Boys 4 was a star-studded affair to set 2014 off correctly, featuring everyone from Rick Ross to Diddy to Snoop Dogg, and this French Montana and Jadakiss duet was an early fan favorite from the collection. Over a fresh Harry Fraud beat, French boasts that “the closet like Fashion Week,” while Jada admits he “lost a hundred thou fuckin’ with the Knicks.” Tell the hip-hop cops to fall back and let these dudes be great. Haaahhhhn.
Two of rap’s most prolific lyricists team up once again on “Avalon,” off Willie’s upcoming collaborative release with Bronze Nazareth The Living Daylights. If you enjoyed joints like “Medusa” and “Sincerely Antique,” then this is right up your alley, as both Willie and Roc spit “a heaping helping” of eloquent darts over Nazareth’s exquisite track (nice use of the same sample from “The Next Episode” here). Well said, gentlemen.
Def Jam artist YG’s new album My Krazy Life is one of the most anticipated debuts of 2014, and the buzz surrounding it only got bigger with the recent release of the final version of his collabo with Drizzy “Who Do You Love.” An early leak of this DJ Mustard-produced smash featured Game as well, but it looks like in the end this is simply a Drizzy duet (Game still gets a shout out on the track, though). Drake raps, “We turnt up in the studio late night/That’s why the songs that you hear are comin’ real tight.” Ain’t that the truth.
*Bonus* Young Thug ft. Nicki Minaj “Danny Glover (Remix)”
Nicki adds on with that Migos flow over the most talked-about single of 2014.
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