The Artist: Nicki Minaj
Why Lauryn Hill Should Collaborate With Her: If Lauryn wants to appeal to younger hip-hop fans and prove that she's still a dominant female MC, then she absolutely has to do a song with Nicki. We get the feeling that Lauryn probably doesn't love all of Nicki's music. But she did support Nicki when she refused to perform at Hot 97's Summer Jam last year, which could provide some common ground for the two of them. "I...support artists standing by their beliefs," she said, "and walking with integrity. We have to find a better way to commercially exploit music, while giving artists their proper respect." How about a Lauryn/Nicki track? That would result in both airplay and a song that could earn both artists respect.