This list contains my top four living rap collaborators. To attain eligibility, both parties have to be rappers (no R&B singers), they must have a sustained body of work together (at least five songs featuring each other) and they cannot be a group (no Oukast or Black Starr).
Honorable Mentions: Eminem and Dr. Dre, Drake and Lil Wayne, Kanye and Common
Not-So Honorable Mentions: P. Diddy and Mase, Ying Yang Twins and Lil Jon
4. Eminem and 50 Cent
Top Five Collabs: Patiently Waiting, Don’t Push Me, Crack a Bottle, You Don’t Know, Psycho
Mentor and Protégé take the number four spot. While both have cooled down in recent years, these two were arguably the biggest rap artists in the game through the first half of the 2000s. When they come together it resembles a Molotov cocktail steaming with rage, feeling like any moment it can explode.
3. Drake and Rick Ross
Top Five Collabs: Ashton Martin Music, Lord Knows, Made Men, Stay Schemin’, I’m on One
This may seem odd, it may feel more natural to slot Drake and Wayne or Ross and Wayne together, but I love the juxtaposition between Ross and Drake. Drake employs his whiny, sing songy style with Ross’ deep, heavy gangsta flow and they surprisingly work perfect together. Drake and Ross announced earlier this year that they will be releasing a joint mixtape titled YOLO (You Only Live Once).
2. Jay-Z and Kanye
Top Five Collabs: Ni**as in Paris, Diamonds From Sierra Leone (remix), Never Let Me Down, Monster, Run This Town
Jay-Z and Kanye, also known as the Throne, may be the two biggest rap stars on the planet right now and are probably my two favorite rappers of all-time, but that can’t push them above number two on this list. Jay and Ye just recently released Watch the Throne showing off their chemistry and partnership on one of the best rap albums of last year. Kanye started as one of Jay’s go to producers before graduating to full time performer and peer, now the two share verses on some of the hottest tracks in recent memory.
1. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
Top Collabs: Still Dre, Ani’t Nuttin’ But a G Thang, Dre Day, The Next Episode, Kush
I swear I’m east coast till I die, but my first foray into rap came at the hands of these two, more specifically Ani’t Nuttin But a G Thang (the first rap song I knew all the lyrics to). This may be a nostalgic pick, I know Dre is not the most technically efficient rapper and Snoop is way past his prime, but their old school tracks still kill it. Who knows if Detox will ever be released but it doesn’t matter because Snoop and Dre take the one spot on my top living rap collaborators.