Drake is one of the biggest names in music and 21 Savage is a juggernaut in the rap world. That’s why when the Canadian superstar announced the two would be teaming up for a full-length album, “Her Loss,” in his music video for “Jimmy Cooks,” it caught the attention of the rap world. With Drake and 21 Savage releasing their collaboration album on Thursday, hip-hop fanatics have gone into a frenzy. Why not revisit some collaborative efforts that were important for their time or that might have gone unnoticed?
“What a Time to Live”
Why not start the list with Drizzy, considering he’s the main focus of the rap game for many and some GOAT people? In 2015, Drake and Future teamed up to release “What A Time To Be Alive.” This album was one for the ages given that both artists were at the peak of their careers, with Drake releasing “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and Future releasing one of, if not, his best work to date. data: “DS2”. He produced one of the jams of the summer in 2015, with “Jumpman” consuming a lot of playtime on the radio and on people’s speakers. Other standout titles include ‘Diamonds Dancing’, ‘Digital Dash’ and ’30 for 30 Freestyle’.
And now let’s mention 21 Savage and his collaborative effort with Offset, “Without Warning.” The Georgian duo may not have actually collaborated throughout the project, with each stealing their own moments. 21 Savage owning “My Choppa Hate Ni**as*” and Offset left on “Ric Flair Drip”. While the 2017 project only had 10 tracks lasting 33 minutes, there are several tracks to come back to like “Ghostface Killer”.
“Revenge of the Dreamers III”
Although not a classic collaboration project, it is one of the best projects featuring an entire record collective and their affiliates. J. Cole’s Dreamville label worked together to create an 18-track album filled with more established rap stars and some of his up-and-coming prospects in 2019. Some of his standout tracks include “Under The Sun,” which features J. Cole, Lute and DaBaby, “Costa Rica,” which features nine, yes nine, artists on a 3-minute, 37-second track — madness — and manages to make it sound good and “Sacrifices,” the final track on the album which is a heartfelt ending to the project featuring Johnny Venus of EARTHGANG, Smino, Saba and crooner J.Cole. All in all, it was one of the best drops of 2019 which also saw “IGOR”, “The Lost Boy” and “Psychodrama” released in the same year.
“Escape from New York”
Taking it to the East Coast, specifically Brooklyn, NY, “Escape From New York” had a healthy amount of tracks that might have flown under some people’s noses in 2019. Hip-hop supergroup, Beast Coast, which is an amalgamation of three other rap groups, Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers, have released a 13-track long project that embodies a modern form of East Coast hip-hop. Standout tracks from this project include “Left Hand,” “Problemz,” “Distance,” and “Last Choir.”
This one is a throwback and a half and one that many may not have checked out, but MF DOOM’s 2004 collaboration project with Madlib, “Madvillainy”, is worth considering. The late rapper provided one of the best hip-hop projects that didn’t go mainstream. Madlib’s main focus on this project is his production throughout the album. And, MF DOOM delivers their bars as usual which is always a treat. The tracks to listen to are “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “All Caps”, “Accordion” and “Eye”, which is a track that focuses on the Stacy Epps feature.
“Watch the Throne”
This one is a classic. That’s all there is to say. Kanye West and Jay-Z’s collaboration album, “Watch The Throne,” showcased the pair’s chemistry. The two have years of experience working together, with their relationship dating back to 2000 when Kanye was producing beats for HOV. For the New York legend, it was an album to remind the public that he still had it in him. And for Ye, it’s a year after arguably his biggest project to date, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” so he was still at his creative peak. Some standout tracks from this project include “No Church In The Wild” which features Frank Ocean, “Ni**as in Paris”, “Otis” and “Made in America”.
And as it comes off the press, all there is to say is that 21 Savage released Drizzy with absolute tunes. A very good Friday to all.