While everyone loves a good rap beef, We at AFTR PRTY know that some of the best moments in hip-hop have come from people working together. Nothing quite shakes the culture like when two elite rappers/artists come together to create one cohesive project.
So here it is - AFTR PRTY’s top 10 hip-hop collaboration albums of the 2010s (in no particular order):
1. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz - COLLEGROVE
One of the perks of being as prolific as Lil Wayne is is that you have time to bring some people into the studio with you to make a whole project. Given how Wayne inspired a whole generation of punchline rappers, teaming up with 2 Chainz, one of the funniest rappers in the game, was a natural choice.
COLLEGROVE, a name that derives from their respective hometowns, College Park and Holly Grove, is one of the most fun rap albums of the past 10 years. Songs like “Gotta Lotta” and “Blue C-Note” are filled to the brim with humor, and it all starts with a moving tribute to the importance of Weezy F on “Dedication.”
2. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne
Heard of this one?
In 2011, two of the most influential names in hip-hop came together to drop an album that felt instantly important.
Watch The Throne may not be either of these rappers’ crowning lyrical achievements (though “Otis” certainly features some of their most iconic bars), and the music isn’t their most adventurous (though the production on “No Church in the Wild” and “Who Gon Stop Me” showed Kanye West at his creative peak), but songs like “Paris” and “H.A.M.” solidified the two as perhaps the most important and exciting duo in hip-hop.
3. 21 Savage, Offset, & Metro Boomin - Without Warning
In 2017, 21 Savage’s menacing, unbothered delivery met Offset’s iconic Migos flow. With Metro Boomin underscoring it with his cinematic trap sound, the result was almost a guaranteed success.
While the two rappers bounce off each other in delightful ways (“Still Serving”), the lasting track is “Ric Flair Drip,” a wake-up call to anyone who thought a single Migos couldn’t stand alone.
4. Lil Wayne & Birdman - Like Father, Like Son
The mark of a great collab album is chemistry, the sense that working together comes naturally.
By 2006 (not the 2010s but still a gem), Lil Wayne and his mentor Birdman had been rapping together for almost a decade, so Like Father, Like Son feels less like a debut collaboration album and more like business as usual.
Birdman’s southern swag and Lil Wayne’s prolific punchline bars make for a duo so dynamic you can barely take your eyes off them. Songs like “Over Here Hustlin’” and “Stuntin Like My Daddy” make a case for both of them as the most iconic hip-hop artists to come out The South.
5. Eminem & Royce Da 5’9”: Hell: The Sequel
Eminem’s label Shady Records is clearly a lyricism-first project. Eminem & Royce Da 5’9”, AKA Bad Meets Evil, make that clear on Hell: The Sequel. Starting with “Welcome 2 Hell,” the two rarely take a breath during the album’s 46 minutes.
The hilarity of the Mike Epps-sampling “I’m On Everything” and the sweetness of the Bruno Mars hook on “Lighters” are barely enough to distract from the intensity that Detroit’s finest rappers bring to the table.
6. Gunna & Lil Baby - Drip Harder
It’s in the name.
Gunna & Lil Baby’s album Drip Harder is, well, dripping with confidence. It’s an album that feels dedicated to the many naysayers of melody-heavy rap, proving it can be just as hard-hitting and lyrically proficient as an old head’s favorite rapper.
Three years later, the album’s standout single, “Drip Too Hard,” feels almost like a State Of The Union for Atlanta rap.