The HIP HOP collaboration is the ULTIMATE way to increase your fanbase to and to TAP into a broader AUDIENCE by utilizing the joint efforts of MULTIPLE fanbases. These COVETED features are SOUGHT after, but it would SURPRISE you that many of the MEGA HITS we have vibes to have had ‘SECRET’ collabs via ad-libs, guest vocals and such and the ARTISTS are not even CREDITED or BILLED as being apart of the project!
Many HEAVY HITTERS like, Michael Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, Chante Moore, Andre3000 and MORE have lent their TALENTS on songs and have NOT been FEATURED in the credits! Let’s take a LOOK at a few NOTABLE HITS with surprise HIDDEN vocals!
Andre3000 GUESTS on Kanye West’s ’30 Hours’ from ‘The Life of Pablo’. Ye calls on André 3000 to coat the outro with his crispy vocals. Simply repeating the title of the song.
The credit on the diamond-selling banger “Sicko Mode,” dropped in 2018 on Travis Scott’s Astroworld album, should be sliced in three ways. Electrifying verses from Travis Scott and Drake make up the meat while Swae Lee’s “Someone said” inclusion serves as the transition passage between the track’s contrasting layers. The Rae Sremmurd half later turned this low-key moment into a full song, feeding off the two-word power of his quick contribution.
NOT SO HIDDEN, but HIDING in plain sight was the City Girls and Lil’ Wayne on Drake’s UBER POPULAR ‘In My Feelings’. The LADIES break-down was such a HIT that it BEGGED the question of ‘WHO ARE THESE GIRLS’, and how can we hear more of them? This helped to kickstart their CAREERS in HIP HOP. To add to an already FIRE song was the the commanding voice of Lil Wayne, ideal for Drizzy’s homage to New Orleans and the city’s bounce music scene.
Talking more about Drake, did you know that The Weeknd was FEATURED on his hit ‘The Ride’?? Talk about using the voice as an instrument, The Weeknd’s performance on “The Ride” by Drake is mystical. The track, freed in 2011, sits at the bottom of Drizzy’s Take Care album but at the top of OVOXO collaborations. The Canadian singer isn’t credited here like he is on “Crew Love.” Nevertheless, his alluring falsettos aided in setting the bar for Drizzy’s acclaimed outros.
JAY-Z called on a NUMBER of HEAVYWEIGHTS for his ‘Girls, Girls Girls’ REMIX! Hov called on rap legends like Q-Tip, Slick Rick and Biz Markie, R&B singer Chanté Moore plus the King of Pop Michael Jackson to complete the assignment. The honeyed The Blueprint cut, delivered in 2001, lets them rock out on the chorus, neighboring a sample of Tom Brock’s incense burn “There’s Nothing in This World That Can Stop Me From Loving You” and Crash Box’s beatbox joint “High Power Rap.” Enlarged even more with the production dexterity of Just Blaze, the combo on this track is just *chef’s kiss.*
Kanye West called on a CHOIR of heavyweights for ‘All Of The Lights’.
The horn-guided single “All of the Lights” has credits for Rihanna and Kid Cudi for features. However, there are a dozen artists who also bestowed their vocals to the ambiance. In addition, The-Dream, Alicia Keys, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Elton John, Tony Williams, Elly Jackson, Fergie, Ryan Leslie, Alvin Fields, Ken Lewis and even Drake help create a tactful harmony throughout the track that’s nothing short of amazing.
TDE link-ups on wax don’t disappoint. The rookie and the vet got the chance to cosign that notion in 2020 on Reason’s New Beginnings album track “Show Stop,” which features contributions from Kendrick Lamar that are not included on the tracklist. K-Dot doesn’t pen a verse, though Reason put in a request for one, but Kung Fu Kenny’s persistent “Hol’ up” and “Wait, wait” ad-libs pack knockout punches of their own.
A lot of A$AP Rocky fans would argue that his Testing album didn’t get the credit it deserved upon dropping in 2018. Regardless though, the project’s vinyl edition paragon “Brotha Man” should. Over a beat that collides the elements of soul and funk music, Flacko ejects a Def Poetry Jam-style performance, French Montana swoops in smoothly with his singing and the couplet of Snoop Dogg and Frank Ocean contribute their background harmonies to the cypher. More hands in the pot simply lead to more replay value.
Though it wasn’t billed as such, Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” was a team effort. The 2019 Grammy Award-winning track markedly features the main “Oh yeah” and background warbling of Young Thug. Accompanying Thugger with a series of “Woos,” “Ayes” and everything in between, are the additions of 21 Savage, Slim Jxmmi, BlocBoy JB and Quavo. Their roles are minimal and major at the same time.
Ty Dolla $ign’s roaring ad-libs are in part the reason why “Jaded” is among the best B-side songs of Drake’s career. On top of his signature “Ooh yeah,” revitalized from the heyday of Jodeci, Ty’s in-and-out contributions are used to emphasize Drizzy’s harrowing words on the 2018 number. Featuring two dudes who can easily bounce between their player and simp sides, the tag-teaming on “Jaded” is the perfect score for getting in your bag.
The 2018 trap hitter “Apeshit,” by music’s biggest power couple of Jay-Z and Beyoncé, was actually brought to life by the Migos. It’s pretty obvious when listening to the track (play this if not.) Like the other Everything Is Love album standout “Boss,” cowritten by Ty Dolla $ign, Beyoncé and Jay-Z embraced the cadences and rhythms of the game’s hottest acts to create something special. On top of the trio’s writing credits, Quavo and Offset’s ad-libs were kept for the final version and knowing the popular history of those, helped make this song a certified trunk rattler.