Have you ever been listening to an artist and wished you were their manager for just a day so you could hook up your dream collaboration?
Seeing as how Tech N9ne Collabos: Strangeulation is dropping soon and features nothing but Strange Music artists, we started thinking about who we’d pick if we could have our artists collab with anyone we wanted.
Imagine if there was a Strangeulation, but with outside features! It would be the shit, but since we don’t control who the artists work with, this post is the next best thing for us. Enjoy!
Tech N9ne / Kanye West
Yeah, we went there. Of course the popular choice for this is Eminem, we’ve all been waiting on that for some time now, but give this one some thought as well! There are few artists in hip hop that keep up with Tech’s imagination and conceptual prowess, but we think Kanye could be just the guy for the job. In fact, Kanye was a huge influence on Tech N9ne’s All 6′s and 7′s in terms of song structure. Regardless of how you feel about the dude, he’s got an ear for good music, his production skills are insane, and there’s no doubt that he can turn up lyrically when prompted to do so. Give these two a week in the studio and we guarantee it would change your life.
Krizz Kaliko / Big K.R.I.T.
Words cannot describe how badly we want this collab. Both of these guys have been on an insane hot streak lately, releasing nothing but fire with no signs of letting up anytime soon. We think K.R.I.T.’s soulful production and equally heart-filled lyrics would complement Krizz perfectly. The awesome part? Krizz and K.R.I.T. actually crossed paths in 2012 when the guys were up in Canada, so there’s a very real possibility of this collab occurring!
Kutt Calhoun / Freddie Gibbs
This is a perfect collaboration just waiting to happen! Both of these emcees are grimy without glorifying the grime. They’re both incredible story tellers, and they both sound at home on a variety of beats. We’re picturing these two on a soulful banger of a beat that allows their storytelling abilities to shine, but still goes the fuck in.
CES Cru / Pro Era
If Ubi and Godemis had been born in Brooklyn, they would most likely be part of the Beast Coast movement already, but that’s not the case so we’re going to need this collab instead. The duo’s spiritually-inclined lyricism is the perfect pairing for the New York collective’s third-eye rhymes. Throw Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, and Kirk Knight on a track with the Cru, and you’ve got a lyrical showcase that will blow your mind, and probably open it a little as well.
MURS / Astro
First of all, have you heard of this kid Astro? He’s a 17 year old from Brooklyn, and he’s killing it. His lyrics are on point and convey a wisdom far beyond the 17 years he’s been alive, and he’s already prolific with the output. As a great embodiment of the spirit of hip hop, we think he and MURS would make an awesome track together. We also think that working with MURS would be a great learning experience from a kid who potentially has a huge future in the hip hop game.
Prozak / Immortal Technique
This one’s a no brainer. Can you imagine the kind of subject matter that would be covered in a Prozak / Immortal Technique collaboration? You would get a full history lesson and a how-to on civil disobedience in a matter of minutes! We’re hearing them over an ominous, piano-driven beat speaking on everything from the illuminati to climate change and everything in between.
Stevie Stone / Young Chop
Yes, we chose for Stevie to work with a producer instead of another rapper, because how ill would this be?!?! If you’re not familiar with Young Chop, he’s the dude behind some of Chief Keef’s gnarliest beats. The 20-year-old producer has also racked up credits for names like Pusha T, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and more. We think his penchant for ear-bloodying bangers would make the perfect soundscape for Stevie Stone’s snarling bars.
¡MAYDAY! / Black Hippy
During the Grammy Awards, Kendrick Lamar proved something we always thought would be true: the TDE guys can spit over a live band and still sound fucking incredible. Given the diversity within TDE and ¡MAYDAY!, we think this is a match that could yield some truly envelope-pushing music. Also, we just really want to hear Wrekonize and Ab-Soul go verse for verse.
Brotha Lynch Hung / Nacho Picasso
This one came out of left field, but we’re pretty positive it would work out wonderfully. The California born, Seattle raised Nacho Picasso spits venomous bars full of dark humor and things that you didn’t even know could occur in the human mind until he says them. Pair that mindset and youthful “don’t give a fuck” attitude with Brotha Lynch Hung’s veteran skills and you’ve got a guaranteed gnarly track.
Rittz / Alchemist
Rittz has proved over and over that he has mastered rapping over southern style instrumentals, but what would happen if we threw him on a sinister track produced by Alan The Chemist? Magic, that’s what. We know Rittz has the lyrical versatility to adapt to Alchemist’s style, and the end result would probably be one of the hardest tracks of his career.
So, these are the tracks that would end up on a Strange collabos album if we controlled the universe. Think you can come up with better pairings? Hit up the comments section and give us your opinion!!
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