5 Rap Collaborations We’d Like to Hear in 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

We’re still in A&R mode after putting together our Illmatic tribute mixtape with UpNorthTrips, which dropped this past weekend on the 20th anniversary of the album’s release. And though we’re in no way anxious to dive back into another project of that magnitude, we’ve got a few ideas for collaborations we’d like to hear this year. There’s nothing more exciting than a sick collabo. Remember when Jay Electronica and Jay Z’s remix of “We Made It” dropped? We all woke up that Sunday morning and neglected our loved ones for the rest of the weekend listening to it and tweeting about whose verse was better. And a month later, we’re still talking about it.

Well, we’ve got five more ideas for rap collaborations that we think will not only be epic for hip-hop in 2014, but also just flat-out dope to listen to for years to come. We even included in our choice of producers for each to save the artists the work of finding the right person to make the track if they intend to follow through on any of these proposed records (in which case we will expect a percentage of the iTunes sales thank you kindly). Check out the collabos we cooked up below, and feel free to let us know if you have any additional ideas of your own in our comments section.

1. Action Bronson & Drake (Prod. by Noah “40” Shebib)

Drake called Action Bronson’s live rendition of “Strictly For My Jeeps” at a London nursing home last year the “best performance of the new millenium,” so we already know he’s a Bam Bam fan. Add that they both have Jewish mothers, an affinity for comedic skits, a deep love for marijuana, and serious rap skills, and you’ve got the makings of an instant classic. Let them do a crazy, character-driven intro together, exchange punchline-filled bars, then throw Drizzy on the hook to croon out on some OVO meets H-Town ‘90s type shit (Bam Bam can Vine himself singing it after the release). Wouldn’t that be amazing, over a blunted-up 40 beat? Call it “Mensches” or something to that effect. Boom.

2. Cam’ron & Nas (Prod. by The Alchemist)

Yes, we know, Cam and Nas aren’t the best of friends (see our Killa Mixtape Memories post for proof of past beefs). But it’s 2014, and anything is possible. In fact, the two were photographed earlier this year together (see up top), so maybe this is already in the works! Nas is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, Cam’ron is readying his new project with A-Trak, and New York is in need of a moment. Both have done excellent songs with Alchemist in the past but never with each other, so let’s get them out to L.A. together for a trip to Rap Camp and see what happens. Then, how about this? Nas, you bring Cam out during your headlining Hot 97 Summer Jam set and debut the song there! Whoooooo!!!!

3. Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar (Prod. by Oddisee)

It’s remarkable that a Kanye and Kendrick record hasn’t happened yet. You’d think after touring together, and all the hype surrounding each of their last albums that this would be a lay-up for both of them. Maybe it’s somewhere in the vaults? If it is, come up off that, fellas. If not, they should really find some time this year to lay a duet down. These two are too good to not give the hip-hop world something next level with both of their names on it. And might we suggest a beat by one of hip-hop’s most underrated producers, the DMV’s own Oddisee? We could’ve said Dr. Dre or even Kanye himself, but O’s got that soulful hard shit that will put Kanye back in backpacker mode, which next to Kendrick would be nothing short of ridiculous. Tell us these two wouldn’t kill a beat like “Yeezus Was a Mortal Man.” We’ll wait.

4. Rakim & Roc Marciano (Prod. by Erick Sermon)

Strong Island, we’re gonna need you to stand up on this one. If this happens, it will be a legendary listen for the old head rap fans out there. The God Rakim on the same song as the God Roc Marci? Don’t get it twisted, Rakim is one of the forefathers of this shit, but Roc Marci deserves to be worshipped as well. He’s carrying the torch for the 6th borough, and setting the bar above the clouds for the rest of his competition. Now imagine putting these two Long Island Dons on the same track, with fellow L.I. representative and EPMD/Def Squad neckbreaker Erick Sermon behind the boards. Let the Green-Eyed Bandit hit them with a “You’re a Customer” type banger, or even something with a “Tonight’s da Night” vibe. Or what about a rugged, “Herb is Pumpin’” flavored joint. Insane. Fuck around and throw Busta Rhymes on the remix and it’s over.

5. 50 Cent & Troy Ave (Prod. by Harry Fraud)

Want another New York moment? Yes, 50’s latest press run birthed some intriguing quotes about fellow Rotten Apple rapper Troy Ave. He told the Hot 97 Morning Show recently, “I like the idea of Troy Ave. I would want it to work.” He continued, “I hear a lot of me in Troy Ave,” then added, “I’d like to hear a little more of Troy Ave, that’s all.” The truth of the matter is, Troy Ave’s been influenced by 50 Cent, no question. But at the end of the day, he’s a breakout artist with his own voice and a growing movement, and these two would sound great together on a song. It’s the type of pairing made to set off DJ Clue tapes, and for Funkmaster Flex to drop infinite bombs to. Go ahead 50, it’s okay to swallow your pride and do a joint with the man setting himself up to fill your shoes. New York needs you both right now, and we’d rather see you align yourselves with each other than go to war. Let Harry Fraud bless you guys with some wavy shit for the summer. If the track’s half as good as what he gave French Montana and Jadakiss, it’ll be outta here.

Previously: The Top 5 Rap Duets of 2014 (So Far)

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34 Responses to “5 Rap Collaborations We’d Like to Hear in 2014”

  1. Darko Says:

    ROC, Rakim & Busta on Sermon beat. FIAAAAAAAH!!!

  2. Dre Says:

    “I hear a lot of me in Troy Ave, I’d like to hear a little more of Troy Ave, that’s all.” = the diplomatic answer

    his first reaction is how he really feels…

  3. secondbest21 Says:

    2 & 4. The rest of them I can take it or leave it…

  4. TS-LTE Says:

    What about NaS & Kendrick?

    Or what about J. Cole & KRS?

    Same with Black Thought & NaS (I know they don’t get along)?

    Jay-Z & Mickey Fresh.

    Dom Kennedy & Drake.

    Or are we composing a list of intellectual artistic similarities? If so, my argument is that the best Volans comes from the opposite spectrums of genius makes the greatest musics. Classics. Method & Mary J. Mariah & ODB. NaS & Mary J (first time (Love Is All We Need)).

    What about Kendrick over a Goapele loop?

    That Drake & Aaliyah album would have reset history from a cross genre collab.

  5. Not Pertinent Says:

    Da Rockness Monstah & Pharoahe Monche
    Phonte & Masta Ace
    Black Thought & GZA
    Nas.COM
    Jean Grae & Lauryn Hill
    J Dilla (R.I.P.) w/ Del, Pep Love & Casual

  6. S.I.K.H Says:

    Not very good matchups good concept though.

    Drake and Bronsolino is a terrible combo.Two different styles which would`nt mesh well together.

    Who`s Troy Avenue???

  7. CHILE! Says:

    LMAO this nigga said Jay-z and Mickey Factz XD

  8. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Riff raff & Migos

  9. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Drake & Dionne Warwick

  10. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Drake & Harlem Boys Choir

  11. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Drake & Meshell Ndegeocello

  12. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    R kelly & OMG Girls

  13. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Lil Wayne & stray bullet

  14. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Chief Keef & soap + water

  15. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Action Bronson & Bally’s total Fitness

  16. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Rick Ross & The Police

  17. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Nicki Minaj & My Penis

  18. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Iggy Azalea & mute button produced by s.i.c.k.

    Couldn’t help it lol

  19. spirit equality Says:

    Nas & Kendrick.

    I don’t want to hear a Nas and Cam song. They can start a charity together or something, but no collabos, please.

    G Rap & Kendrick would be bananas too.

    Yasiin Bey & Chance The Rapper

  20. TS-LTE Says:

    Nas & Kendrick.

    I don’t want to hear a Nas and Cam song. They can start a charity together or something, but no collabos, please.

    G Rap & Kendrick would be bananas too.

    Yasiin Bey & Chance The Rapper

    ^

    I co-sign this statement.

    NaS and Kendrick would be mental overload. Especially after he spazzed on that remix with Jay, and that Nosetalgia with Pusha.

    Shit, a Sir Mickey Rocks and Diddy collab would kill. Master shit talker and master decadent rapper together, old and new.

  21. IN_SITE Says:

    nas jay -z jay elec and black thought
    http://insite.bandcamp.com/

  22. Sonny Moore Says:

    i wanna hear Jean Grae and some bath water running…

    i dont even listen to rap no more unless its jean grae or jay electronica or camel in his prime…

    faggots, crackers and sheep-minded weirdos killed the genre…

    still some genius talent lurking underground , mostly unheard and unsigned…but all this other shit on the radio, tv and internet is gobbage

    who the hell is troy ave???

  23. Charles Lee Ray Says:

    My cousin and his own apartment

  24. b Says:

    Some good matchups here.

    What up everybody daps the respectable, got a show coming up in Florida just finished 2 new videos.mixtape almost finished. Going to Vegas this weekend. Check out my new joint White Girls

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x0LiKmO_Nmw

    Aight y’all peace

  25. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x0LiKmO_Nmw

    > Please post this under your own sn. Nick Cannon rap. To each his own tho.

  26. Sonny Moore Says:

    LOL @ wack niggas posting their shit under other niggas screen names because they know aint nobody checking for they shit…

    fuckbois do fuckboi shit

    free j fuckboi emeritus

  27. b Says:

    @J7
    Do remember…
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y_Pvebkh0pg

  28. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    What up everybody daps the respectable, got a show coming up in Florida just finished 2 new videos.mixtape almost finished. Going to Vegas this weekend. Check out my new joint White Girls

    > If that tape contains more material like the one posted above, just quit.

  29. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Free j & A hairline

  30. Sonny Moore Says:

    Free J’s masks & Dr.Phil

  31. King Yeezus Says:

    Clippers might represent the West

  32. AFGun Says:

    camron hasnt even been trying for like the past 5 years

  33. Not Pertinent Says:

    Pharoahe Monche & Denmark Vessey

  34. Not Pertinent Says:

    Pharoahe Monche & Denmark Vessey

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