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Top 10 Hip Hop Collaborations of All Time

Updated on March 25, 2012

The collaboration in Hip Hop has become a staple over the years. Whether it be label mates rocking on each others album or the once in a million guest appearance, these situations have produced some of the greatest moments in Hip Hop. The following songs have set a lofty standard that has been hard to break over the years. Merely coming together to spit verses to 16 or more bars does not make the collaboration special. Rather it is the ease that the MC's flow together like pieces to a puzzle. The selection of beats and samples along with the ability to paint varient pictures of the same topic adds to the exeptionality. Being that there is an exponential amount of Hip Hop duets, this list is refined down to songs where the collaborations involve three or more MC's.

1) Scenario –A Tribe called Quest ft. Leaders of the New School. Roar roar like a dungeon dragon; this song brought Busta Rhymes to the forefront as a major MC.

2) . I Get Around - Digital Underground (Tupac ft. Shock G. and Money B) Tupac reunites with his former group members. The result..... a summer classic.

3) Headbanger-Hit Squad (EPMD ft. Redman and K SOLO). In their crusade of killing the crossover movement, they produced a classic that stripped down to its core is raw Hip Hop. They probably helped sell a few million Carhartt jackets and vests from these videos also.

4) Ice Cream-Wu Tang Clan ft. Capadonna. Welcome Donna to the crew. The Wu raps about women in only their way.

5) BUDDY – Native Tongue (De La Soul ft. Jungle Bros., A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, Monie Love). This crew made it cool to sound and look intelligent. This song talks about the age old topic of men and women hooking up in a fun manner.

6) Burn Hollywood Burn – Public Enemy ft. Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane. Public Enemy and company doing what they do best, fight against the corrupt establishment. If this song doesn’t get you hyped….. you may not have a pulse!

7)It's All about the Benjamins - Puff Daddy and the Family (Puff Daddy ft. Notorius B.I. G., Lil Kim, and the Lox). The Bad Boy family showed why they were one of the hottest crews of the 90’s. They walked the fine line of hood and club music perfectly.

8) Dwyck – Gangstarr ft. Nice & Smooth . – Greg Nice drops one of the most famous verses in hip hop history. It also helped to have arguably the greatest Hip Hop producer of all time on the track.

9) The Symphony – The Juice Crew (Kool G. Rap, Craig G, Marley Marl, Masta Ace, and Big Daddy Kane) - Marley Marl assembled one of the toughest rap crews in the what is known as the "Golden Age of Hip Hop."

10) Self Destruction – Stop the Violence Movement (KRS-One, Stetsasonic, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, D-Nice, Ms. Melodie, Doug E. Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D., Public Enemy). It would be hard picking the number one colabo as they are all worthy contenders. But if you nail me down, this would be my choice. KRS-One did a masterful job of bringing the game’s best artists together for such a positive movement.

Comments: What Is Your Favorite Collabo?

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      mosaicman 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      Thanks Brittany! I appreciate the luv.

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Great list! Scenario is just amazing and so is De La Sol. I really enjoyed this hub and can't wait to see more of your work!

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      "faced down on the pavement no holds barred" LL was ill man, love Old School hip hop, you know what's sad ? it's better than 99.9% percent of the new school joints--they get the Gas Face--you inspire me to make some hubs on hip hop, when you have time check em out

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      mosaicman 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      Hey Mundane your first two songs (EPMD and 3rd Bass) are two of my all time favorites! LL gets the verse of the year for what he spit. Old school Hip Hop lives on.

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      I was just bumping that Nice N Smooth lol, you're hubs are amazing, you make me feel like I'm 7 again listening to me uncles music in 93 lol i have 5 more for you ....

      1.) EPMD feat LL COOL J-Rampage- LL's fierce line

      2.) 3rd Bass feat Xevlove X--Gas Face

      3.) Chi Ali Feat Trugoy, Dres, Phife and Fashion--Let the Horns Blow

      4.) Main Source feat Nas "Live at the Barbeque

      5.) Slick Rick feat Warren G--Behind Bars

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      mosaicman 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      Thanks man for the comment. Dre and Snoop were a sick team!

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      PopCulturePrime 5 years ago

      Nice list.. Scenario is almost indisputable as the top collaboration of all time. LONS sometimes got too "cute" with their songs, but it balanced out well with Tribe. Personally, I might have ranked Dwyck higher and included two or three Dr. Dre collaborations. A couple with Snoop (hard to beat that pair) and maybe "Natural Born Killaz" with Cube. I enjoyed reading this... voting it up!