Who Should Collaborate More?

Who Should Collaborate More?

Within the last few years, it seems like there has been a trend of artist collaborations simply because it’s good for their brands. Some collaborations work when you’d never expect them to, while others fall short of expectations

Who Should Collaborate More?

Within the last few years, it seems like there has been a trend of artist collaborations simply because it’s good for their brands. Some collaborations work when you’d never expect them to, while others fall short of expectations

It’s great when you can sense an organic spark between artists working together. Within the last few years, it seems like there has been a trend of artist collaborations simply because it’s good for their brands. Don’t get me wrong -- branding is important. Everyone has the right to work with whomever they want, and artists should want to sell records. However, listeners can tell when an genuine chemistry exists between musicians, and when artists seemingly only work together just because they’re both hot at the moment.

Think about the fact that artists can make songs together without ever even being in the same room. There nothing necessarily wrong with this, but it just doesn’t compare to the stories of how legendary songs were created because two artists just happened to run into each other at a studio. Some collaborations work when you’d never expect them to, while others fall short of expectations. Some artists never work together even if there’s a consensus that they should.

With that said, these are artists I’d like to see collaborate more often, and/or release a joint project:

Jhene Aiko and Swae Lee

“Sativa” is a criminally underrated song, and it could’ve been one of the biggest hits this year. Jhene and Swae Lee have more musical chemistry than Jhene and Big Sean in my opinion. A Twenty88-like project from the pair with guest verses from Slim Jxmmi would be cool.

H.e.r. and Daniel Caesar

“Best Part” has been compared to Lauryn Hill and D’angelo’s “Nothing Even Matters” as far as classic R&B duets. H.er.r. and Caesar have similar musical styles, and are in a similar place in their careers. These rising R&B stars could make more music together for years to come.

Drake and Rihanna

The two might not be “friends” currently, but you can’t deny they’ve made great music together. You never know what the future holds.

Travis Scott, Young Thug, and Quavo

“Pick Up The Phone” is one of those rare tracks that never felt overplayed no matter how many times I listened to it. Travis and Quavo’s Huncho Jack was decent. A project from all three would be even better.

Chance The Rapper and Noname

Chance’s joyful optimism and Noname’s chill lyricism complement each other perfectly. The two Chicago artists collaborated multiple times in the past. A joint mixtape would be a musical blessing to the world.

Ty Dolla $ign and anyone

This is mostly a joke, but Ty has proven he can shine on a track with anyone and has been one of the best feature artists in R&B/Hip-Hop. I haven’t heard a song that he hasn’t made better. Imagine him and Charlie Wilson having a short album together produced by Kanye.