Andre 3000 & Eminem
Album Title: Strange Brew
Sounds Like…an oddball pairing. But Slim Shady has long professed his admiration for 3 Stacks’ adventurous rhyme prowess. And both MC’s throughout their careers have demonstrated epic wordplay and boundless imagination. Other than that, we can’t come up with any other good reasons. But really, do we need them?
Brandy & Monica
Album Title: Black Swan
Sounds Like…a union that should have happened a decade ago following their behemoth 1998 track “The Boy Is Mine.” The Justin Bieber generation may only view Brandy and Monica as TV reality stars. Which is why these two criminally underrated vocalists deserve their shine.
Cee-Lo Green & Raphael Saadiq
Album Title: Retro Revolver
Sounds Like…throwback grooves meets sardonic lyricism. Cee-Lo’s growling, heart-piercing vocals and Saadiq’s stylized production could be a frightening mix. Book the studio time, fellas.
Nicki Minaj & Lil’ Kim
Album Title: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…
Sounds Like…it’s as likely as Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame holding hands and singing kumbaya. Nevertheless, such a WTF pairing of the high profile rivals—the newly platinum Harajuku Barbie and the Brooklyn Queen Bee rhyme icon—would inject some much-needed unity into an already depleted female rap scene. Somewhere Foxy Brown is sobbing.
Chris Brown & Ciara
Album Title: Dance Dance Revolution
Sounds Like…a sweat-inducing, feet-don’t-fail-me-now workout. With C. Breezy enjoying a post-Rihanna rebirth of sorts following his near career-suicide (now if he could stay away from Twitter) maybe Brown could revitalize CiCi’s languishing record sales. Besides, the fleet-footed twosome’s video would be a choreographer’s full-blown fantasy: two gifted hoofers engaged in a top-thisdance-off that would make the King Of Pop Michael Jackson moonwalk.
Nas & Jay Electronica
Album Title: E = mc2
Sounds Like…a never-ending stream of immaculate hip-hop quotables. Fresh off of his critically acclaimed merging with Damian Marley (2009’s Distant Relatives), this would be a masterstroke. But more importantly, fans will finally get an album out of the notoriously supine Electronica.
Rick Ross & Erykah Badu
Album Title: The Revenge Of Boss & Lowdown Loretta Brown—Episode 1
Sounds Like…tinted-window, seat-reclining, puff-puff-and-pass riding music to the 10th power. Who knew that Badu’s seemingly odd, but inspired inclusion on the 2010 track “Maybach Music 3” would come off so majestically?
Prince & Janelle Monae
Album Title: Who Waits 4 Tomorrow?
Sounds Like…a brazenly quirky, funky, electro-rock concept release. His Royal Badness has lately taken a liking to Ms. Monae, recruiting her as an opening act for his acclaimed Welcome 2 America concert gigs. Scorching guitar solos, blissful weirdness and androids? Sign us up!
Young Jeezy & T.I.
Album Title: Return Of The Trap Kings
Sounds Like…the ultimate D-Boy soundtrack featuring the former A-Town foes. That is when Tip gets out the joint.
The Roots & Amy Winehouse
Album Title: Drink, Smoke And No Regrets
Sounds Like…a perfect match. Previous reports had the Roots’ in-demand drummer/producer Questlove, the “Rehab” vocalist and the aforementioned Saadiq forming a super group. But a hook-up with Philadelphia’s premier (and sickest) backing band ensures a Grammy-winning triumph and comeback for the troubled Winehouse.
Wiz Khalifah & Tyga
Album Title: Tattted Swag
Sounds Like…young lions staking their hip-hop claim over creeping, smoked out beats. Besides being covered with enough ink to hold down the Library of Congress, their grind is nothing to joke about.
Rihanna & Lady Gaga
Album Title: Technicolor S&M
Sounds Like…Perez Hilton’s dream. We already know the promo pics would be nuts given Rih Rih’s and Gaga’s penchant for shocking fashion choices (meat dresses, taped nipples, blood red hair, and dominatrix garb…oh my!!!).
Beyonce & Justin Timberlake
Album Title: Event
Sounds Like…money in the bank. Nuff’ said.
Lil Wayne & Drake
Album Title: A Gangsta And A Gentleman
Sounds Like…a can’t-miss lay-up. Indeed, there have been rumors of a full-length collaboration between Weezy and Drizzy ever since their explosive team-up on Drake’s 2009 mixtape burner “Ignorant Shit.” Death, taxes, and another platinum Young Money production. This one is a no-brainer.
Mary J. Blige & R. Kelly
Album Title: Royalty
Sounds Like… unfiltered, unapologetic R&B from this era’s king and queen of hip-hop soul. The scandal-surviving Kellz has put down the toys and regained his grown-man mojo on his soaring comeback Love Letter. And Mary is…Mary.