Rap Albums the People Need

The streets need these collabs.

From past collaborations to ones that have only existed in fantasies, this crazy world demands projects from the following artists:


Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar

Frank Ocean - Channel OrangeKendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

 

 

 

 

 

Channel Orange and good kid, m.A.A.d city are similarly structured albums, despite the obvious differences (one is hip hop and one is r&b, not to mention the totally different concepts), and I’ve been wishing for a collaboration for a while now. Just look at Frank’s Pyramids and Kendrick’s Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst. Both are mid-to-late songs in their albums marking a shift in tone. Both are quite long with a drastic transition in the middle anchored by each respective artist. Together, their collaboration would certainly be a sweeping epic which stays grounded in hip hop and R&B’s roots. And if you want an example of Frank rapping instead of just singing (in case you don’t think he could handle straight hip hop), check out Tyler the Creator’s She, Odd Future’s Oldie and Earl Sweatshirt’s Sunday.


Mos Def and Chance the Rapper

Mos Def - Black on Both SidesChance the Rapper - Acid Rap

 

 

 

 

 

Mos Def and Chance the Rapper are, in my opinion, an obvious (though somewhat cross-generational) choice for a hot collaboration. They can both rap as well as anybody, while also being more musically gifted than most rappers. An album from these two would probably struggle to stay within the genre of hip hop and jump all over the place musically, from jazz to funk to spoken word and back. This would be dope as shit. Speaking of Mos Def…


Mos Def and Talib Kweli

Mos Def - The New DangerTalib Kweli - GravitasBlack Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star

When Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star came out following the deaths of 2pac and Biggie, it may have saved hip hop. If they came together and released an album following the deaths of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, they could save the country. I’m just saying.


Blackalicious (Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel)

Blackalicious - NiaBlackalicious - The CraftBlackalicious - Blazing Arrow

Blackalicious have not gifted us with their sound since 2005’s The Craft. The Craft was fire. Next year we will have gone about 10 years without a Blackalicious album, and this is pretty much a national tragedy. Right about now, the country and the industry could use a reminder to not let money change you.


Think I’m missing anything?

Is your dream album not here? Let me know in the comments! Unless your dream album is some sort of collab between Macklemore and Iggy Azalea, in which case never come to this website again. Thanks for reading.


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