6. Donnell Jones ft. Left-Eye — “U Know What’s Up”
In 1999, Donnell Jones teamed up with Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes for his hit single “U Know What’s Up.” Jones sung smooth lines trying to win over his love interest. Meanwhile, Lopes rapped effortlessly over the soulful track. The song became an instant hit and topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks.
7. Jagged Edge ft. Nelly – “Where The Party At”
So So Def R&B group Jagged Edge hit it big in 2001 with their club anthem, “Where the Party At,” which featured Nelly. The Grammy nominated track had everyone shouting, “Where the party at?” as soon as they hit the club. The party jam was the highest charted song on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 3) for Jagged Edge. It also earned them a number one spot on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Chart.
8. Mary J.Blige ft. Lil Kim – “I Can Love You”
In 1997, Hip/Hop & R&B royalty Mary J.Blige and Lil’ Kim teamed together for one of the most underrated hip-hop/R&B collaborations of the last two decades. Blige lets her man know, her love is irreplaceable and no one will make him feel the way she does, while the Queen Bee co-signs with hardcore lyrics like, “Under pressure/I lie for ya/die for ya.”
9. Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”
Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and R&B songstress Alicia Keys showed love for their hometown New York on “Empire State of Mind.” From name-checking notable locations and neighborhoods to expressing the feeling of attending historical events at Madison Garden and the famous people to emerge from the city, the record truly captured the heart of New York.
10. Erykah Badu ft. Common – “Love of My Life ( An Ode to Hip-Hop)”
Neo-soul songstress Erykah Badu took a trip down memory lane with her 2002 hit “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop),” sharing her memories of a ghetto romance with the help of hip-hop veteran Common. The song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Charts and earned Badu a Grammy for Best R&B Song.
What are some of your favorite R&B/Hip-Hop Collaborations?