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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Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige and others Win at 49th NAACP Image Awards

The winners of the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced on Monday night during the live broadcast from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which aired on TV One.

The two-hour live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson and opened with a powerful moment in support of #TIMESUP featuring Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe and Tracee Ellis Ross. There was a live pre-show from the red carpet hosted by Terrence J with special correspondent, Tanika Ray.

Among the winners were R&B acts SZA (Outstanding New Artist), Bruno Mars (Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album, Outstanding Song) and Mary J. Blige (Outstanding Female Artist). R&B legend Charlie Wilson was honored with the Music Makes a Difference Award.

Mary J. Blige Releases New Uplifting Track ‘Bounce Back’

In celebration of her 47th birthday (Jan. 11), Mary J. Blige released a brand new track titled “Bounce Back.” On the uplifting track, Blige sings about how she pulls through during the difficult times in her life.

“What I been through (yeah) / All I the suffering and the fighting but I still pull through (yeah) / Still we rise and we fall every time,” Blige sings. “You I know I always bounce back / Never turn back / Love is like that,” she continues.

“Bounce Back” appears to be a treat to Blige’s fans. The song is currently only available to stream on Soundcloud.

This is been an eventful week for Blige. On her birthday, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I’m so grateful for this star right now because I’ve earned it probably three times,” she said. “I say that with confidence and not arrogance. I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means.”

5 UK R&B Artists to Watch in 2018

Here at Rated R&B, our mission is to deliver interesting and engaging content on the R&B genre of music. R&B talent comes in many different shapes and sizes and sometimes comes from different countries as well. You’ve heard of Jessie J, Marsha Ambrosius, and Daley, but in this piece, we’re going to put you on the game to the most exciting up-and-coming R&B artists in the United Kingdom. With voices that liken to Ariana Grande and Eric Bellinger, there’s surely an artist on this shortlist that’ll pique your interest. Check out our list of the 5 R&B UK Artists to Watch in 2018 below:

Mabel McVey UK R&B Artist 2018

Mabel McVey

Polydor Records-signee Mabel came in with a bang in 2017 when her hit single “Finder’s Keepers” reached the Top 10 on the UK Singles chart. The song, which features rapper Kojo Funds, also peaked at No. 2 on the UK R&B Singles Chart. Her breezy vocals, pop radio appeal, and charming style are on trend, and she already has found Top 40 success in her latest collaboration with UK artist Not3s entitled “My Lover (Remix).” If you like what you hear in the video below, check out Mabel’s 2017 EP Bedroom, which is available on all digital platforms.

Angel UK R&B Artist 2018


Angel’s career blasted off with a string of hits in 2012, including UK Singles Top 10 earner and UK R&B Songs chart-topper “Wonderful.” Now signed to Motown Records, the London-born singer dropped consistently catchy tunes in 2017, including the SWV-interpolated and Eugene Wilde-sampled “Take You Home.” If he can continue this upward trajectory and his formula of mainstream sounds with a 90s R&B twist, Angel could very well land a solid radio hit by year’s end.

Jorja Smith UK R&B Artist 2018

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith was one of the buzziest artists of 2017 thanks to her features on Canadian rapper Drake’s multi-platinum album More Life. In addition to her criminally underrated summer collaboration with Kali Uchis called “Tyrant,” Smith also made some noise this past year with her 90s underground-esque banger “On My Mind.” Her knack for showing vulnerability whilst keeping her alluring mystique has set her up for riding off into the sunset of success in 2018!

Jacob Banks UK R&B Artist 2018

Jacob Banks

Banks broke big in 2014 for his assist of Chase and Status’ “Alive,” which peaked at No. 21 on the UK Singles Chart. Banks’ gruff and smoky vocals have been used in promotions across the globe, including popular sports game “FIFA 15” and popular TV shows like STARZ’s Power and USA’s Suits. After the release of his 2017 EP The Boy Who Cried Freedom, Banks is more confident than ever and ready to make a splash in 2018.

Ella Mai UK R&B Artist 2018

Ella Mai

Ella Mai might be the most recognizable name on this list, and that’s because this woman has been working! After a stint on the 11th series of X Factor UK in 2014, the singer signed with DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers label. She’s released not one, not two, but three EPs in a year’s time, and was recently one of the featured acts on Kehlani’s 2017 “SweetSexySavage World Tour,” which ended its run in November. Now working on her debut album and kicking off 2018 with a fresh single, Ella Mai is just one hit away from her big break, and if her current sound and relatable lyrics have anything to do with it, then she is well on her way.

Who’s your favorite artist on this shortlist? Let us know in the comment section below!

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