The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Rapper: Jon Black
This Week's Subject: Collaborations.
Ask A Rapper: So here's what we need.
Slim Thug and Z-Ro are apparently going to do an album together. We imagine you either think that's great or that's awful, depending on how your brain processes things. So you do this: List five other collaboration albums you'd like to see come to fruition. A daunting task, sure, but if anyone can do it, Jon Black can. Ready? Go.
Jon Black: Messy Marv and Max B
I don't like to use the term swag, but putting these two together would make the swaggiest (Shout out to Team Next) Coke Rap album ever. Ever.
Tech N9ne and Brotha Lynch Hung
Both are highly underrated lyricists. The rapid-fire delivery and grimy sound both have would make for a very dope album. Both have two decades of worth of music and are still kind've on the come up. I think if they made an album more in Lynch's Horrorcore style it would be amazing.
UGK and The Click
This collaboration can't happen like I want it to due to the tragic passing of Pimp C, but UGK and E-40's camps have collaborated on several songs like "Playaz Life," "Corruptor's Execution," "Used to B," and "Pop The Trunk" so they already have chemistry. Texas and California used to collaborate a lot more back in the day which made for great music and I would really have liked to have gotten to hear that again.
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Snoop and Dr. Dre
Snoop consistently finds ways to reinvent himself and as much as people make fun of the "Pimp" persona he now has, he has been able to keep selling records and seems to be making better music the older he gets. I think Dr. Dre is pulling a Brian Wilson and is stuck in a rut trying to do the same thing Snoop is doing but doesn't want to be seen at less than peak while trying to get back so he's going with surefire contemporary rappers like T.I. If they came together and made a record A La Chronic 2001, I think it would definitely be a banger.
Mos Def and Common
In my opinion, Mos Def's best album was Black on Both Sides. Common is lost in the woods right now so he's doing what he can to stay relevant; why else diss Drake on the topic of who's softer? I think if they came together they would have a great album. Common would keep Mos in that old B-Boy frame of mind and Mos would help Common direct his energy back to where it needs to be, feeding the people. But it's gotta be Mos Def. I don't know what the Yasin Bey thing is about, I just know I like Mos Def.