Thriving off of constant evolution and collaborations, Hip Hop is no stranger to both diverse partnerships and driven constant experimentation. From its very origins in the streets of New York, Hip Hop has grown, evolved, and become quite an unpredictable and compelling art form. Driven by this constant evolution, Hip Hop often blends and fuses with other genres, sometimes surprising fans. Be it because it was just before its time or by the fact that it flat out doesn't work, sometimes features and collaborations become a symbol of pure shock value and awe. Prepare to have your mind blown as we explore some of the most surprising collaborations in Hip Hop history. Whether they are good or bad, well, that's entirely up to you!
Some of the most surprising Hip Hop collaborations in history
Below are some of the most surprising, shocking, or outright terrible Hip Hop collaborations in Hip Hip history!
"Thug Story" by Taylor Swift ft. T-Pain
A parody of Taylor Swift's song "Love Story", "Thug Story" featuring T-Pain was made for the 2009 CMT awards and accompanied a baffling music video that honestly would likely cause some culturally troubling conversation if it were released in today's socioeconomic climate.
"This Means War" by Busta Rhymes ft. Ozzy Osbourne
Next on our list is "This Mean War" by Busta Rhymes ft. Ozzy Osbourne, a true Hip Hop version of "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath, originally performed by Ozzy himself. Not necessarily on this list for being a bad track, it actually works as an aggressive Hip Hop/Rock fusion. "This Means War" is an ode to Busta Rhymes' willingness to help his "brothers", while giving a forewarning not to take advantage of his kindness.
"Now I'm with all of my loyal n****s, breakin the bread- "This Means War", Busta Rhymes
And if you diss the code of honor we takin your head;
THIS MEANS WAR!!"
"Shame" by System of a Down ft. Wu-Tang Clan
Definitely another track on this list that could potentially spark some debate, Serj Tankian of System of a Down teams up with RZA of Wu-Tang clan to produce one of the hardest-hitting tracks on this list. On paper, this track absolutely works, that is so long as you're not off-put by some of Serj's lyrics in the song:
"Shame on a n***a who try to run game on a n***a- "Shame", Serj Tankian
Wu buck wild with the trigger
Shame on a n***a who try to run game on a n***a
Yo, I'll f**k your a** up!"
"The Omen" by DMX ft. Marilyn Manson
Next on this list is the ninth track off of DMX's Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood album titled "The Omen", a notoriously dark-themed album made even more bizarre by featuring the king of creep himself, Marilyn Manson. This track is a symbol of just how twisted and edgy even Hip Hop can get when the right or wrong partnership is made.
"Superman" by Snoop Dogg ft. Willie Nelson
Featuring as the 17th track off Snoop's Doggumentary album, Willie Nelson begins the track by explaining he had an operation that had him homebound which inspired this fun, folky, harmonic track. Snoop Dogg doesn't skip a beat, jumping in on the fun and singing right along with Willie.
"I blew my throat and I blew my tour- "Superman", Snoop Dogg
I wound up sippin on soup du jour - I wasn't Superman
Oh no, I wasn't Superman
I'm tryin to do more than I can, I got a little outta hand
I wasn't Superman"
"Guns & Roses" by Jay-Z ft. Lenny Kravitz
As one of the best listening experiences on this list, Jay-Z and Lenny Kravitz actually work quite well on "Guns &Roses", featuring Jay-Z's notoriously skillful flow patterns and diverse lyricism. Lenny offers a catchy chorus that blends quite well and turns this Hip Hop track into an elevated listening experience.
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