Last week, we highlighted the most underrated collaborations between two rappers from this past year. However, with a year as overwhelming as this one, it would be a shame not to go a step further and touch on the specific subsect producer-rapper combos that’ve bubbled to the surface. This unique pairing minds is beast its own; since the conception the genre, it’s been this powerful pairing between a beatmaker and an MC that has led to genuine innovation.
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Every Drake’s got a 40, every Kendrick’s got a Sounwave. Historically, from Eric B. & Rakim to Mike WiLL Made It & Rae Sremmurd, and everyone in between, these sorts creative alliances have ten resulted in the most fully realized iteration either involved artist. There is an unspoken language between the best duos and it’s this level understanding that could ultimately lead to an impressively cohesive final product.
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These partnerships have always existed behind the scenes, but haven’t been all that appealing as a mainstream narrative until the rise household names like Mike WiLL or, say, a Metro Boomin. And now that there seems to be a resurgence public interest in the crucial joining forces that have led to some our most favorite recent efforts, it’s important that we give credit where its due.
Our list 13 notable producer-rapper collabs from 2017 aims to not only highlight “the best ” but showcase the most underrated as well. It’s a melding both.