Switch-Up! The 5 Best Inter-Genre Mash-ups
hasn't been an artist to shy away from the realm of hip-hop. If attending one of the country songstress’ concerts, you can catch her wowing the crowd with her rendition of popular hip-hop songs. While touring for her American Speak Now tour, the country singing darling has managed to bring out T.I., Usher and B.o.B. for renditions of "Live Your Life," "Yeah" and "Airplanes, respectively. Although she keeps surprising the public with these impromptu performances, she has yet to be featured on a hip-hop record, something she’s wanted to do since her rise to fame.
For the urban music listener who enjoys dabbling into alternative genres, watching two of your favorite artists’ collaborate on a single track can be a very powerful experience. Before the emergence of the GLEEk, Run-DMC and Aerosmith were instructing you to “Walk This Way” and a couple of years later, Linkin Park and Jay-Z made you feel “Numb.” Though hip-hop diva in training Taylor Swift continues to surprise us, there are an extensive amount of collaborations out there.
Click next to view our top 5 picks and comment to tell us your favorite!
1. Kim Wilde x The Supremes - "You Keep Me Hanging On"
I n 1986, British pop singer Kim Wilde tackled this 60s hit for her fifth studio album Another Step. Though Kim and her brother had not heard the classic song years before they decided to record it, add a few synthesizers and you have a smash hit. The song is still in heavy rotation on New York station, 103.5 KTU. Click Here to Listen
2. Sugarland x Beyoncé - "Irreplaceable"
The country duo covered Bey's smash hit at the 2007 American Music Awards. The performance was well-received by the crowd as Beyoncé joined them on stage during the second verse. Click Here to Listen
3. Rissi Palmer x Jordin Sparks - "No Air"
The country singer covered Jordin's duet with Chris Brown for her self-titled debut album. While the album itself did not chart as high as expected, this remake of the R&B hit was well received by the country audience. Click Here to Listen
4. Reba McEntire x Beyoncé - "If I Were A Boy"
The Queen of Country covered Beyoncé's 2007 hit this year for her latest album All the Women I Am. Performing the subtle male-bashing number at last year's CMT music awards, critics applauded her level of emotion and soul on the track. Click Here to Listen
5. Rihanna ft. Vybz Kartel x Dawn Penn - "No, No, No (You Don't Love Me)"
Before "S&M" and "Cheers," RiRi covered this classic reggae hit on her first album, Music of the Sun. Click Here to Listen