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Jack White / Insane Clown Posse – Leck Mich im Arsch (2011)
Remember this one? Apparently this came about when longtime ICP aficionado Jack White finally worked up the courage to pick up the phone and invite Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J down to Third Man studios to lend their ineffable charm to this Mozart uh, ‘reinterpretation’. Jack White: “B-But…what if they say no? What if Shaggy 2 Dope calls me a fake-ass Juffalo?! *bursts into tears*
Phil Collins / Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – Take Me Home (2002)Though it’s another in the long line of a sample being elevated to a “feature” (see also: this), it definitely counts as a collaboration when your sample source decides to fly in from London just to be in your video. Best part: Phil trying to look all deep and stoic while Bizzy Bone raps directly into his ear.
DMX / Marilyn Manson – The Omen (1998)
Man, this is a complete phone-in from all parties. Swizz Beats, this is the best you could do? I’ve heard edgier beats inside a Lululemon. Aside from this being kind of garbage, a DMX / Manson collab makes more sense than you might think, as they definitely shared an audience. If you didn’t rock a burned CD-R with both “The Dope Show” and “Party Up” on it, then you probably didn’t grow up in suburban Ontario.
The Jonas Brothers / Common – Don’t Charge Me For The Crime (2009)
One’s a safe, watered-down act mass-marketed to pre-teens and suburban soccer moms. The other is the Jonas Brothers. *Swish*.
Kurtis Blow / Bob Dylan – Street Rock (1986)
Though Dylan only provides a short introduction, his brief appearance on Kingdom Blow makes sense, as Subterranean Homesick Blues is basically proto-rap. “Kurtis Blow asked me to be on one of his records and he familiarized me with that stuff. Ice-T, Public Enemy, N.W.A., Run-D.M.C. These guys … were beating drums, tearing it up, hurling horses over cliffs. They were all poets,” wrote Dylan in his memoir, Chronicles: Volume One.
Whether it’s for artistic reasons, mutual admiration, or for a big fat cheque (it’s usually for the big fat cheque), the musical landscape is rife with artists teaming up with each other. Big artist + big artist = better musical product, 100% of the time. That’s just math. Sometimes though, the artists in question seem so weird and mismatched that you can’t help but react in open-mouthed shock, Wee-Bey style. Here’s 7 of those times we Wee-Bey’d for days.