For the last few weeks, Drake and Future have been teasing the follow-up project to their 2015 “What A Time to Be Alive” mixtape. Most recently Drake uploaded a cryptic screenshot on his Instagram story and just before that the two were even seen working in a random burger joint, reportedly filming for a music video. Either way, they have social media buzzing and reminiscing on the magic of joint albums. When two of your favorite artists collaborate on a song, it feels like the universe is aligning for you, but when they collaborate for an entire joint album? *chef kiss* Although it’s been a while since we’ve gotten collaborative projects from rap, hip-hop, and R&B, we’ve listed a few of our favorites below.
Drake and Future - What A Time to Be Alive
Future and Drake worked together for six days to create What a Time to Be Alive. Little did they know, their 11-track mixtape would shape the following winter and summer for their fans. Although many believe Future dominated the project (he kind of did), this mixtape is definitely a classic in many books.
Kanye West and Jay Z - Watch the Throne
Joint albums and mixtapes have been done before, but very few have had the impact that Watch the Throne has had on the culture. Jay Z and Kanye West completely changed the game with Watch the Throne by not only combining their immense talent for an album, but also by popularizing the trend of surprise-dropping projects. The duo ended up completely shifting the direction of fashion with their “luxury fashion-esque” concert merchandise. Remember this phase of fashion? As much as we’d like to forget, we remember too.
Kid Cudi & Kanye West - Kids See Ghosts
After briefly beefing with each other, Kid Cudi and Kanye West were able to put their pride aside to create “Kids See Ghosts.” The 2018 album sparked a hip-hop revival, quenching the thirst of their fans who just wanted to see them be friendly with each other again.
Beyonce and Jay Z - Everything is Love
After the success of The Carter’s respective albums “Lemonade” and “4:44”, the couple teamed up to release “Everything is Love.” While their solo albums addressed the darker side of personal matters within their love and family life, Everything is Love served as a celebration of love and black pride.
Jhene Aiko and Big Sean aka Twenty88 -Twenty88
Jhene Aiko and Big Sean were initially bestie goals, then they became relationship goals, but with the formation of Twenty88 and the release of their self-entitled album, they became artist goals too! This smooth-cut album had a LOT of fans in their feelings. Twenty88 fans are begging for a follow-up album and actually might be getting one soon!