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Hood Harmonies: 2012’s 10 Best Rap/Hip-Hop and R&B Collaborations

Method Man and Mary J. Blige seem to have perfected the rap/hip-hop and R&B synergy better than most. It seems everyone and their mother has heard “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By” at least once in their lifetime. True rap/hip-hop and R&B heads look back on this song fondly, and the newer generation is just becoming familiar with the song’s brilliance.

In 2012, the dopest rappers and the most harmonic R&B singers continued the collaborative efforts that Method Man and Mary J. Blige perfected so well. This collection of songs hit those perfect high notes and provided us with a memorable set of rhythmic bars. These are 2012’s 10 best rap/hip-hop and R&B collaborations.


10. “Special Occasion” – Diggy feat. Tank

The young hip-hop prodigy wooed the young ladies alongside the ever soulful Tank.


9. “All That (Lady)” – The Game feat. Big Sean, Lil’ Wayne, Fabolous and Jeremih

The Game enlisted a 5-star collection of rap/hip-hop’s finest for this one. The D’Angelo sample makes this song sound ever so sweeter.


8. “Hello” – T.I. feat. Cee-Lo

This track should explain why T.I.’s Trouble Man is one of the most anticipated albums of the holiday season.


7. “Mama Told Me” – Big Boi feat. Kelly Rowland

Sir Lucious Left Foot and Miss Rowland make a great combo, don’t they?


6. “Now or Never” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Mary J. Blige

Kendrick Lamar knows that working alongside the undisputed Queen of R&B is a great idea. This inspirational tune provides proof of that.



5. “Remember You” – Wiz Khalifa feat. The Weeknd

The moody beat and soothing vocals from The Weeknd and Wiz Khalifa set this song apart from its contemporaries.


4. “Lemme See” – Usher feat. Rick Ross

Usher’s 2012 resurgence has to be tied to this love making interlude that features “The Bawse.”


3. “My Moment” – DJ Drama feat. Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, and Jeremih

Jeremih makes another appearance on this list. He’s on a roll, isn’t he? DJ Drama put together a super talented clique for this one.


2. “Adorn Remix” – Miguel feat. Wiz Khalifa

Miguel added much more to this song by adding the high life rapper to his hit single.


1. “Pink Matter” – Frank Ocean feat. Andre 3000

From the best R&B album of the year comes the best rap/hip-hop collaboration of the year. Frank Ocean and 3 Stacks need to work together more in the future.


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About the Author


Elton Jones (no relation to the guy who sings "Bennie and The Jets") is a huge fan of rap, hip-hop and R&B. His favorite artists range from golden era rap crews such as A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, to today's current rap stars like Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar. Elton appreciates every facet of the urban music genre and follows the major developments that are made within the industry. Elton obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Saint Augustine's College in 2010. With his degree in hand, he now looks to make a lasting impact in the world of music journalism. He also hopes to attend a SXSW and Rock The Bells concert someday.

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