Who Knew? 11 Unlikely Music Collabs That Worked

- By Bossip Staff Categories: CELEBRITY, Entertainment, For Discussion

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On paper, every record on this list seemed like the worst idea ever but somehow worked beautifully. With so many artists stuck in a creative box, it’s always refreshing to see your faves take chances and explore new sounds.

Here are eleven unlikely music collabs that actually worked. Take a look.

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Mariah Carey x ODB “Fantasy (Remix)”

How one of the greatest pure vocalists of our time and the Wu’s filthy ‘ole hypeman/mascot made a classic party anthem, we may never know, but it definitely happened.

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Ja Rule x Bobby Brown “Thug Lovin”

Bobby SANGIN with ALL his heart and soul on this “so terrible it’s timeless”-Ja Rule jam is hilarious. At the time, crack particles had ruined the troubled legend’s voice but his hook is CLASSIC.

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Nelly x Tim McGraw “Over & Over”

Superstar rappity-rap crooner connects with Country music star Tim McGraw to make a smoky, soul-soothing, syrupy-sweet ballad. Most unlikely global smash in music history? Yep.

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Juvenile x Jay-Z “Ha (Remix)”

No one knew why Juve was asking questions over a dope Mannie Fresh beat when “Ha” dropped but the innovative Nolia anthem blew and Camel couldn’t resist playing along.

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Michael Jackson x Biggie “This Time Around”

Maaaaad people missed this collab made in Heaven buried on the “HIStory album” but it’s worth digging up and adding to your music collection.

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Kanye Feat. Bon Iver & Charlie Wilson “Lost in the World”

Kanye + folksy-Pop group of unwashed mountain men + Uncle Charlie + Baltimore club beat = FIRE.

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Memphis Bleek Feat. Trick Daddy & T.I. “Round Here”

Blue Ivy’s baby sitter, Trick Daddy & Tip Huxtable on the same record? This shouldn’t have worked but did. Top 5 Memph Bleek record? Easily.

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Lady Gaga x Beyonce “Telephone”

Gaga and Bey Bey are cut from two completely different bedazzled fabrics with two different fanbases, personas and musical directions but connected to make an undeniable Pop jam.

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J. Cole x TLC “Crooked Smiles”

Jermaine took an incredible risk with a TLC collab in 2013 and finally won after several consecutive losses and fails.

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Eminem x Jazmine Sullivan “Coc@ine” (Unreleased)

THIS was Jazmine Sullivan’s golden ticket to mainstream glory—her chance to finally blow—but was shelved shortly before its release. Life’s not fair.

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Run DMC x Aerosmith “Walk This Way”

Without this game-changing Hip-Hop/ Rock collab, none of the unlikely records on this list would exist.

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