It’s been a big year for Famous Dex. The rapper’s been grinding heavily with the amount of music he’s been putting out. Although he seemed to have some label issues earlier on, it looks like he’s moved past it. The rapper released his debut album, Dex Meets Dexter which included his hit singles, “Pick It Up” with A$AP Rocky and “Japan.” He’s been dishing out a lot of collaborations as well and today, he links up with Ghetty for their new collaborative project, Ballin Season.
Famous Dex and Ghetty link up for their brand new collaborative project, Ballin Season. The six track EP features both rappers bouncing flows off of each other without any guest features. It’s a short project but it’s filled with high energy from the two artists over banging production.
Pollàri & Larry League are two artists that have been bubbling for the past few years. They’ve consistently kept feeding their fans new music on a regular basis and neither of them have slowed down one bit. The two of them have a pretty strong relationship and good chemistry on wax together. They’ve collaborated on numerous occasions including their POLLÀRRY EP they dropped a few years a go. Since then, they’ve done several songs together but fans were eager to hear another project from them. The two of them linked up recently and released sequel to POLLÀRRY.
Pollàri & Larry League are back together once again for their new project POLLÀRRY 2. The two of them come back with another three track EP that hails production from senseiatl and Izak. It might be a short project but it’s well worth a listen. The two artists serve up some serious bangers on this one.
Back in November, news surfaced that Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign were joining forces to deliver a collaborative project, MihTy. The project was confirmed by producers A1 and Hitmaka (a.k.a. Yung Berg) who are also executive producing the album. Since the announcement, there hasn't been much more information pertaining to it but it's looking more and more likely that we'll be receiving the project in the near future.
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Hitmaka called into Joe Budden's recent podcast where he was asked about the status the project. Hitmaka confirmed that he and A1 produced the project in it's entirety and that it'll be dropping in February around All-Star Weekend (Feb. 18th). The project is already going to be huge considering two R&B's biggest names are linking up for it. However, Hitmaka also mentioned Chris Brown and PartyNextDoor will feature on the project. It's definitely looking like it's about to be one the bigger collaborative efforts this year. Berg also mentioned he's in the midst mixing the project right now. The 21 track project is also rumored to feature some solo cuts as well.
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Aside from working on their collaborative album, MihTy, the two artists continued to establish themselves as solid collaborators and songwriters in 2017. Jeremih and Chance The Rapper linked up once again for a re-release their Christmas album at the end December. As for Ty Dolla $ign, he got his foot through the international door with collaborations alongside WizKid, Kranium and other international stars.
Check out the clip below with the MihTy talk kicking f around the 26:50 mark.
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.
2017 was the year the collaboration. This writer in particular thought we would see a wave similar to this following Drake and Future's What a Time to Be Alive, but the muted reception to that effort may have delayed the trend for a few months. However, now it's as if artists have finally realized that in the age social media, it may sometimes behoove them to join forces rather than stay in their own respective lanes. This ideology was adapted by countless acts over these past 12 months and has lead to over half a dozen exciting - and sometimes just downright confusing - pairings. And while Metro Boomin rightfully deserves his props for producing an album for damn near everyone (Gucci Mane, Nav, 21 Savage & Offset, Big Sean - the list is truly endless), it's the genuine chemistry between two different rappers that we wish to highlight for this list.
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Because, let's face it, while some these recent projects looked fantastic on paper, fans soon realized that "on paper" is where the idea should've remained. Since the iconic release Watch the Throne back in 2011, no single collaboration between two otherwise disparate rappers has garnered nearly as much critical acclaim. The closest, for those paying attention, may have been Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug with their cult classic, Rich Gang: Tha Tour, pt. 1. But that was lightning in a bottle, caught by the most uniquely talented A&R in the game, Birdman; nowadays, it's as if execs are scrambling to reverse engineer what should be a natural phenomenon.
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But it's not all bad - for all the middling efforts we've received, there are quite a few projects we've all been guilty letting slip under our radars. Check out the list below for our seven most underrated collab tapes 2017, and make sure to let us know which others from this prolific year top your list!
It's been a big year for hip hop and an even bigger year for collaborative albums. While we've received a slew joint projects such as Young Thug and Future's Super Slimey as well as Offset, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin's Without Warning, the year collab projects aren't done just yet. Last week, Metro Boomin and Big Sean revealed they had their Double Or Nothing joint effort on the way. They didn't reveal much about a release date but they did say it would be dropping before the end the year. Now, the two have revealed the ficial release date and cover art.
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Both Metro Boomin and Big Sean took to social media to reveal that their joint album Double Or Nothing will drop this Friday, December 8th. It's pretty exciting way to cap f a pretty big year for both artists. For Metro, it's another project solely produced by him that he can add to his catalog. For Sean, he ends the year with another project in addition to his highly successful platinum album I Decided. Thusfar, they've only dropped f the 21 Savage assisted "Pull Up N Wreck" so it should be interesting to see who else might land on the project.
The cover art to the project is pretty simple as well. It features a silhouette both artists with just their jewelry standing out.
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Maybe they'll give us one more teaser before Friday but at this point, it seems like they rather hand us the whole project over to consume in it's entirety.
Check the posts and album art below: