Hol up! Wait a minute!
Music is a fluid thing, crossing over genres, sub-genres, and stereotypes everyday. Still, some collabs catch even the most eclectic music lovers off guard… like the time Darryl McDaniels (a founding member of the hip-hop group Run–D.M.C.) and Sarah McLachlan (the singer from those ASPCA commercials) collabed on “Just Like Me.” Who honestly saw that one coming?
McLachlan and McDaniels weren’t the first nor the last pair of unlikely musicians to end up on a song together. Here are the most WTF collaborations of 2017.
Carly Rae Jepsen & Lil Yatchy
Accompanied by a Target themed music video — because this collab is Target sponsored — Carly Rae Jepsen and Lil Yatchy’s track “It Takes Two” is an ode to the 1988 version by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock.
Produced by Mike Will Made-It, the song debuted during the Grammy’s live broadcast earlier this year.
Eminem & Beyoncé
When Eminem scored a feature with Beyoncé for “Walk On Water,” it was so wild that it made headlines for days. The song was one of two singles preluding the rapper’s highly anticipated album, Revival.
During an interview for Rick Rubin’s Broken Record, a podcast started by the producer to “tell stories about music,” fans learned how this collab came to exist. As fate would have it, Rubin played the record for Jay-Z, knowing that he would identify with its message. Jay-Z then sent it to his wife Beyoncé, whose vocals perfectly match the song’s vibe, ending in one killer track.
Beyonce & Ed Sheeran
And speaking of Beyoncé… She shocked the Beyhive again with the release of her and Ed Sheehan’s collab. “Perfect Duet” is the remix of Ed’s “Perfect,” which topped the Billboard charts all on its own.
The English singer shared the details of working with Queen Bey on Entertainment Tonight‘s Keltie Knight at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball early this December. According to Sheeran, him and Beyoncé worked for about four hours, then Beyonce went in to record her vocals. Of course, it only took one take.
D.R.A.M & Neil Young
D.R.A.M is the rapper who gave hip-hop bangers like “Cha Cha” and “Broccoli,” a song about weed. Neil Young is a 72-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter. So, this duo’s collab “Campfire” was random, to say the least.
The song is featured on the sound track for Will Smith’s latest movie, Bright. Mocking the theme of the Netflix film, D.R.A.M and Young prove no duo is too weird.
Migos & Marshmello
Speaking of Bright‘s sound track… “Danger” is on there too. Migos comes with the killer bars while Marshmello does Marshmello.
The electronic dance music producer and the rap group even did a cool music video together. Showing shots of Bright‘s lead actors, Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, the video is set in a nightclub.
Future and Taylor Swift
The fact that Ed Sheeran was also on “End Game” made fans step back and say “wtf” even more. So much so that the collab became a topic of conversation well before Reputation was released.
When the song did reach listener’s ears… Well, just listen to the song.
Rihanna & N.E.R.D
While the collab itself isn’t all that wtf-ish (because Pharrell is well-versed in hip-hop/R&B combinations), this track had fans grasping for air when RiRi started rapping.
The track is a part of N.E.R.D’s fourth studio album No One Ever Really Dies, which has been dubbed as the group’s comeback LP since it’s their first in seven years. From the singles N.E.R.D has released, the album will be filled with features. If each one is as explosive as Rihanna’s, N.E.R.D can say hello to the Billboard 200 chart.
Pharrell, Young Thug & Arianna Grande
Calvin Harris took three artists who had never been on wax together and made “Heatstroke.” Done purposely or not, Harris made an unlikely threesome with two differently-styled rappers and a pop princess who made headlines for saying a curse word.
The Scottish music producer set out to make listeners feel “incredible” with every song he released over the summer. He ended up doing that and then some, as he’s proving to be a musical Cupid. Case in point, “Heatstroke” followed “Slide,” a collab between Migos and Frank Ocean.
Mr. Hudson & Vic Mensa
Mr. Hudson, a British musician from Birmingham, was bound to find his way into the hip-hop community because he’s signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music record label. Who knew the Indietronica artist would have started with Vic Mensa though?
It would be petty to point out that Mensa is signed to Jay-Z’s label, so instead… Let’s focus on the fact that “Coldplay” embodies the vibe of a rainy Sunday afternoon.