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

R&B Collaborations

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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Janet Jackson, Keith Sweat, Patti LaBelle and More Nominated For Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Some of the biggest names in music have been nominated for the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Motown Records, Patti LaBelle, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Nat King Cole, Berry Gordy, Keith Sweat and Stephanie Mills are among the impressive list of nominees.

Ten artists with the most votes will be selected to join the Class of 2018. Winners will be announced in February, Black History Month. The first-ever televised ceremony will take place in June, Black Music Month.

In 2016, inductees included Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Manhattans, Freda Payne, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Carl Carlton and The Impressions.

See the full list of Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame nominees below.

Apollo Theater, and New Editions
Barry White
Berry Gordy
Billy Paul
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Gamble & Huff
George Clinton
Janet Jackson
Jerry Lee Lewis
Keith Sweat
Mary J. Blige
Motown Records
Nat King Cole
Patti LaBelle
Peabo Bryson
Stephanie Mills
The Dells
The Drifters

(Source: Click On Detroit)

Mary J. Blige Gets Animated in ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Film

As Mary J. Blige racks in rave reviews and accolades for her role in Netflix’s Mudbound, she takes her acting chops to Paramount Pictures as Irne Adler in Sherlock Gnomes.

Blige stars alongside James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ozzy Osbourne, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Michael Caine in the sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet
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The Hollywood Reporter reports, Sherlock Gnomes follows Gnomeo (James  McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) to their new home in the garden where they discover new adventures, new humans and new garden gnomes. Everything goes well until Gnomeo and Juliet notice the disappearance of gnomes in the garden. They enlist Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) to help investigate the unexplainable disappearance alongside his trusty sidekick Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

The R&B diva will capture audiences next Friday, November 17  in Mudbound.

Recently, Blige won a Breakout Performance Award at the Hollywood Film Awards.

Sherlock Gnomes arrives in theaters March 23, 2018.

Check out the Sherlock Gnomes trailer below.

Stream Lyrica Anderson’s New Album ‘Adia’

Lyrica Anderson Adia

Singer-songwriter Lyrica Anderson has released her latest project titled Adia.

In an Instagram post detailing what the album means to her, she said “This ALBUM Is dedicated to my twin Sister!!! #ADIA Thank You for giving me the strength to get through this Season of life and face everything I’ve been suppressing with that thank you for walking with me and helping me have the strength to share with the world on this season of #Lhhh !! This album is dedicated to you and for YOU!!! Your name means a gift from God in Swahili and you are my gift from God and this is my gift to you!!!!!”

Lyrica’s music career spans back to 2009, but notably begins in 2012 with the release of her “King Me” mixtape in 2012. Over the years, the “Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood” star has written songs for Demi Lovato, Tinashe, and Beyonce. In 2014, she released her debut EP King Me and eventually released her debut album Hello in 2015.

Adia is Lyrica’s second project this year, after releases her Nasha Pearl EP in May. The album is preceded by singles “Don’t Take it Personal,” “Dolla Bills” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, and “Somebody.”

Stream Adia in full below.