One Wish: Rap/Sung Collaborations We Want to See in 2016

Nas-and-RaheemcourtesythefabempireWhen we talk about the best rap/sung collaborations, we don’t mean the Grammys category; we’re talking collaborations we’d like to see from our favorite soul and hip-hop artists. With Eric Roberson and Phonte of The Foreign Exchange recently announcing plans to release a joint project later this year, SoulTrain.com has compiled a list of rap/sung collaborations we’d like to see in 2016.

Kendrick Lamar/Bilal

Having already collaborated on songs like the Grammy Award-winning “These Walls” and “Money Over Love,” no one can deny the chemistry these two eccentric artists share in the studio. Kendrick Lamar is on a hot streak right now, and Bilal is breathing new life into the indie soul scene.

Nas/Raheem DeVaughn

It’s no secret that lately Nasir Jones has devoted a lot of his time to building his QueensBridge Venture Partners venture capital firm. As proud of Nasty Nas as we all are, we want him in the studio. Perhaps since his time is being split, he can also split his album. Much like Nas, Raheem DeVaughn is one of the few artists of today who can produce music for the socially conscious as well as the party starters. Both men possess a cult following rivaled by only a select few, and both men command tremendous respect in their respective genres.

Killer Mike/Lyfe Jennings

floetrycourtesyallhiphopPolitically charged. Socially conscious. Unapologetically black. Not only are these traits shared by both Mike and Lyfe, this is also the blueprint for their joint album. At a time where the black community has to be more informed than ever, there is perhaps no stronger vehicle than a joint album by these two Atlanta residents.

Natalie Stewart/Marsha Ambrosius

Duh. Yes, Floetry. We need them to collaborate on record in a full project again. No disrespect to their solo efforts; however, nothing can touch the magic that is The Floacist and the Songstress. Their vocal and lyrical maturity over the years has their core fans salivating at the prospect of a full project once again.

—Nick Eden

Nick Eden is a songwriter/blogger/R&B junkie/entrepreneur coach based in Atlanta, GA. His new book, ‘The Realistic Rich: A Guide To Financial Freedom,’ will be available fall 2016.

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