Since the beginning of time, artists have come together to collaborate their talents and create masterpieces beyond fathomable measures.
Just take a quick glance at history…Shakespeare collaborated with John Milton to write some epic sonnets and the unforgettable “Romeo & Julio” (yes, this was the first light of progressive thought). da Vinci and Michelangelo linked up to illustrate the Moaning Lisa (not a porno). And who could forget Ben Franklin connecting with Thomas Jefferson over Twitter DM to work on the Deceleration of Indie (absolute fire mixtape).
Ok, none of that might have happened, but in recent times the collaboration has become an essential feature of the music industry. One of the first that truly broke boundaries, connected cultures, and pushed society passed blinding generalities was Run DMC & Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”. During a time when racism still felt all too apparent in our country, music became the source that would adjust our clouded vision. Run DMC, a vital proponent to the insurgence of the genre of Hip-Hop, called upon rock & roll legends, Aerosmith, to help them remake the 1975 hit. With the help of super producer, Rick Rubin, some beautiful brainstorming, and a killer music video that portrays these artists symbolically and literally breaking down walls, hip-hop was successfully brought into the pop limelight.
Not every collaboration can create monumental movements, but projects like Big Grams (Big Boi & Phantogram) have made some damn good records. This mash between a hip-hop living legend and one of alternative-rock’s biggest stars made for the most genre bending tunes of 2015.
But what’s in store for 2015? We’re here to make some requests.
Flume x Chance the Rapper
Two of the most unique musical minds are bound to cross paths at some point, and we’re hoping 2016 is the year that it happens. Flume, with his spacey and experimental productions, create the ideal canvas for Chance the Rapper to paint a dope picture.
D’Angelo and the Vanguard x Kendrick Lamar
With two of the most influential records of this decade coming from these two artists, it’s simple to imagine the beauty that King Kendrick and The Black Messiah would work up.
J. Cole x Leon Bridges
J. Cole has taken a firm grip on the game these past few years and he did it with an album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, that contained absolutely zero features. We think it’s time to change that. As for Leon Bridges, he has gained attention as one of the best new artists of the year. Mix together J. Cole’s smooth flow and a gospel hook from Bridges, and you’ve got yourself an R&B super-hybrid.
St. Vincent x Run the Jewels
This would definitely be the most diverse collaboration of 2016, but St. Vincent has got an attitude that could keep up with the rowdy Run the Jewels. And besides, St. Jewels sounds too good to pass up…
Jamie xx x A$AP Rocky & Travi$ Scott
There’s just so much money potential in this collaboration. I mean, c’mon…how are these three not going to come together to make $x$x. Jamie xx has worked with rappers like Young Thug before, so you know he has experience to make some magic with arguably the two biggest rappers of 2015.
Tame Impala x Thundercat
*Cue bass face*. Tame Impala has captured fans by producing some of the funkiest and catchiest bass lines in music history. And Thundercat…well, he can do no wrong when it comes to slapping. This collaboration would redefine thoughts on instruments’s roles, and Thunder Impala would probably make one of the most grooviest hits of 2016.
Grimes x Jack U
The collaboration of Skrillex and Diplo created earthquakes with their self titled debut EP, and that contained features from pop-icons such as MO, Kiesza, and of course, Justin Bieber. It would only make sense for this Canadian super-star to sing over one of Jack U’s innovative productions.
Porter Robinson x Vince Staples
Porter Robinson is long overdue for a genre-bending collaboration such as this one. The producer of the awe-inspiring Worlds has worked with many other EDM stars, but we have yet to see him crossover to another style of music. Vince Staples has just the right amount of wild in him to see Porter’s vision, and we trust that these two would whip up something special for both fan bases.
Mac Demarco x Kurt Vile
You can’t say you didn’t see this one coming. These two are featured on each other’s profiles as the top featured artist on just about every streaming site known to man. Their lo-fi sound has garnered a ton of attention from this generation’s forefront music voyagers, and their personalities have kept them well interested. Honestly, I’d just like to hang out with Vile and Demarco for a day to see what kind of shenanigans unfold.
Alabama Shakes x Miguel
We had to think about this one fairly deeply, but after a bit of discourse, we couldn’t deny the fact that Brittany Howard and Miguel would flawlessly compliment one another. The raspiness of Howard’s vocals laid on top of Miguel’s smooth and sensual flow would shape up to create a sound unheard by any ears before.
Logic x Disclosure
Disclosure just released their second studio album, Caracal, which featured artists spanning a ton of genres. They included Miguel, Lorde, The Weeknd, and a few others on their grammy nominated creation, but they seemed to miss one demographic. That’s where Logic comes in. This hip-hop mogul has taken his scene by storm with two massive projects within the past two years. The creative flow Logic attains would lie immaculately over a garage-house track produced by the Lawrence brothers.
Prince x The Weeknd
In this rare moment at this year’s AMAs, we got to see a glimpse of what could be the collaboration to end all collaborations. There’s not enough internet space to fully explain the impact the mysterious Prince has had on pop music, and not many people could hold their own on track with this incredible superstar. However, if there was a budding artist that could take on the challenge, it would be The Weeknd. His productions have continued to break down the boundaries of traditional pop music, and his music is helping to redefine the genre as a whole. I truly believe that if these two were to step in a studio together, there would be a series of unexplainable natural events. Maybe a few earthquakes, a lot of thunderstorms, and every volcano would undoubtedly explode.
Comment below with the artists you’d like to see collaborate in 2016!