10 Great R&B/Hip-Hop Collaborations Of The Last 20 Years

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Merging the sounds of hip-hop and R&B started as early as the late 80’s/early 90’s. As hip-hop and R&B collaborations have become more mainstream, the last two decades have been blazing with hot tracks featuring our favorite singers and rappers artist.  Here are our top 10 favorite R&B/Hip-Hop collaborations within the past two decades.

1. Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans and 112 – “I’ll Be Missing You”

The year 1997 was heart-wrenching time for the music industry.  Musical peers and fans across the world mourned the loss of The Notorious B.I.G.  His music family and close friends Diddy (then known as Puff Daddy), Faith Evans and 112 collaborated for a heartfelt rap ballad to celebrate his legacy. The emotional record contained samples from “Every Breath You Take” by The Police and became the first rap song to debut No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


2. Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z – “Crazy in Love”

Destiny’s Child front-woman, Beyoncé stepped out on her own and enlisted  Jay-Z for her breakout hit “Crazy in Love.” The two lovers stormed the airwaves in 2003, eventually earning Bey two Grammy Awards including Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.


3.  The Fugees – “Ready or Not”

“Ready Or Not, Here I Come, You Can’t Hide Gonna Find You and Take it Slowly.” Hip-hop trio The Fugees took the world by storm with their multi-platinum album “The Score.” The album’s third single “Ready or Not” is one hip-hop/R&B collaboration for the books.  The track evoked striking lyrically content by Wyclef Jean and Pras while showcasing Lauryn Hill’s versatility  as a singer and MC.


4. Usher ft. Lil’Jon & Ludacris – “Yeah”

Usher’s 2004 hit single “Yeah” featuring Ludacris and Lil’Jon became one of first mainstream tracks to combine the elements of southern crunk music & R&B. The Lil Jon produced song had everyone across the world screaming, “Yeah,” and earning the trio the longest running number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2004. It also won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 47th Grammy Awards.


5. Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland – “Dilemma”

Riding off the success of his 2002 club banger “Hot in Herre,” Nelly slowed things down with his follow-up single, “Dilemma,”which featured Kelly Rowland. On the song, the two exchanged their passion for each other The song sampled, Patti’s Labelle’s classic hit “Love, Need and Want You.” “Dilemma” became one of Nelly’s and Kelly’s biggest hits of their careers to date.

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Beyoncé and JAY-Z Announce ‘On the Run II’ Stadium Tour

Get your coins ready! Beyoncé and JAY-Z have announced the North American leg of their On the Run II stadium tour.

The first leg of the tour will run through Europe beginning on June 6. The North American leg starts on July 25 at the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland and will hit major cities including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, before closing out in Vancouver.

On The Run II is the follow-up to the power couple’s 2014 tour, which generated $95 million.

OTR II European Tour Dates
June 6 Cardiff, UK @ Principality Stadium
June 9 Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park
June 13 Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
June 15 London, UK @ London Stadium
June 19 Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Arena
June 23 Copenhagen, DK @ Parken Stadium
June 25 Stockholm, SW @ Friends Arena
June 28 Berlin, DE @ Olympiastadion
June 30 Warsaw, PL @ Stadion Narodowy
July 3 Cologne, DE @ RheinEnergieStadion
July 6 Milan, IT @ San Siro
July 8 Rome, IT @ Stadio Olimpico
July 11 Barcelona, ES @ Olympic Stadium
July 14 Paris, FR @ Stade de France
July 17 Nice, FR @ Allianz Riviera

OTR II North American Tour Dates
July 25 – Cleveland, OH @ FirstEnergy Stadium
July 28 – Washington, DC @ FedEx Field
July 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
August 2 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
August 5 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium
August 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ US Bank Stadium
August 10 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
August 13 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
August 18 – Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
August 23 – Nashville, TN @ Vanderbilt Stadium
August 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Mercedes Benz Stadium
August 29 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium
August 31 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
September 11 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium
September 13 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
September 15 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
September 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium
September 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
September 27 – San Diego, CA @ SDCCU Stadium
September 29 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium
October 2 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place

Tickets will be available for pre-sale on March 14. Get the details on Beyoncé’s official website.

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Chloe x Halle Announce Debut Album ‘The Kids Are Alright’

Chloe x Halle New Album The Kids Are Alright

It’s album time! Chloe x Halle have announced that their debut album The Kids Are Alright will be released on March 23.

The duo, which consists of sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey, announced their new album via social media on Wednesday. The album features writing credits from Tayla Parx, Kari Faux, and Wynter Gordon. Also featured on the album will be their Wrinkle in Time soundtrack contribution “Warrior,” and previously released singles “Drop” and “Fall” from their 2016 EP Sugar Symphony.

The darling duo signed to Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment in 2013, and have stayed in the public eye thanks to gigs at SXSW, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and opening act spots on Andra Day’s Cheers to the Fall Tour and the European leg of the Formation World Tour.

Chloe x Halle have also been consistent with their television and movie contributions. In addition to their newest Wrinkle in Time track, they’ve also supplied the theme song for Freeform’s grown-ish (which they also star in) and “Bougie Party” for the first season of Netflix’s Dear White People.

Watch the video for Chloe x Halle’s title track “The Kids Are Alright” below.


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4 Reasons We Love Whitney Houston

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There will never be another singer like Whitney Houston; she’s incomparable, she’s an icon, and she is the standard. On the sixth anniversary of her unfortunate passing, here at Rated R&B we’ve created a shortlist of reasons why we love the vocal legend herself. Check it out below:

Her Powerful Voice

How do you describe the indescribable? Whitney’s voice is the purest to have ever graced human ear. On top of her outstanding natural ability, her technique, precision, and control make her “The Voice.” Just like rapper Biggie Smalls has never had a bad verse, Whitney has never hit a bad note. There is a multitude of examples, but at Super Bowl XXV in 1991, she gave what is regarded as the best rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to have ever been done. It is here, without all of the vocal thrills and frills, that you can truly grasp how marvelous her voice was.

The Way Other Artists Loved and Respected Her

If you ask any female singer that came out in the last 25 years who some of their inspirations are, you can bet Whitney’s name will come out of their mouth. For most singers, especially black women, Whitney was a role model. She was a black girl from New Jersey whose passion was sharing her musical gift to the world and having fun while doing so. In the first clip below, Monica explains Whitney’s personal impact on her life (this part of the interview begins around 1:42.) Even after her death, Whitney continues to inspire and empower the women that have come after her in the music industry. In the second clip below, you can find one of the greatest tributes ever performed, courtesy of gospel powerhouse Yolanda Adams, who ends the video with a resounding “We love you, Nip.”

Her Stage Presence

Whitney’s personality was both charming and endearing, as we’ve all seen in her interviews, famous and infamous alike. That natural charm carries over into her live performances, as she literally comes alive in song. In interviews, she was always well-spoken, clear, and concise. When it comes time to sing, she let her hair down and had a great time with her audience — no matter the occasion. In the clip below, Whitney performs a 16-minute set of her greatest hits at the “Arista Records 25th Anniversary Celebration,” full of life, laughter, and love.

Her Artistic Versatility

Whitney is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, and one of the biggest icons the world will ever see. What often gets left out of her lengthy list of accomplishments is her artistic risks and versatility. Speaking on her discography alone, she has recorded music that spans all of its genres. Whether she delivers a pop cut like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” the Raphael Saddiq and Q-Tip-produced jam “Fine,” a universal duet with Enrique Iglesias (“Could I Have This Kiss Forever”), or a powerhouse ballad like “The Greatest Love of All,” Whitney was the jack of all trades. Not only did she master it, she believed in her ability, and she succeeded beyond measure.That’s just the tip of the iceberg, as her artistry made its way into film beginning with 1992’s box office smash hit The Bodyguard.

Below is one of her scenes from the cult classic Waiting to Exhale. Pay attention to her body language, the way she emotes in her voiceover, all the way down to the flickers of disapproval in her eyes. Whitney was, and will always be a class act.

What is your favorite Whitney moment? Share with us in the comment section below!

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