What’s better than one superstar? Two. With rumors swirling about JAY-Z and Beyoncé’s joint project, Rap-Up has put together a list of five collaborative albums we want to see.
In order to make the list, we looked at a combination of confirmed, rumored, shelved, and dream records. From Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s G.O.O.D. reunion to the dream pairing of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, the star power is brighter than ever.
In addition to the husband-and-wife duo, we also dove into other possibilities, including two of Toronto’s finest, Drake and The Weeknd, and R&B heartthrobs Chris Brown and Jacquees.
Here are five joint projects we’re ready to spend our money on.
Beyoncé and JAY-Z
Will Bonnie and Clyde drop an entire album together? Beyoncé and JAY-Z are already a billion-dollar couple, but now they could become music’s most powerful duo, should they ever decide to release the long-awaited joint effort they started working on before LEMONADE and 4:44. “We were working on material together,” Hov recently shared. “It was just really honest.” He later likened it to a “therapy session.” Now, after past collaborations like “Family Feud” and “Drunk in Love,” the Carters are going on tour, so a collaborative album would be right on time.
Chris Brown and Jacquees
Chris Brown and Jacquees kicked off the new year by announcing a collaborative mixtape, which is set to deliver quite the one-two R&B punch. Breezy teased the dream effort with a bold prediction about what he thinks will shift the genre: “We gone fuck this R&B shit up.” Brown has even more on the way, as he’s also prepping Angels & Demons, a joint project with rapper Joyner Lucas. Meanwhile, Jacquees is readying his debut album 4275.
Drake and The Weeknd
Seven years after working together on Take Care, Drake and The Weeknd could find magic once again. This time, they can do it with a long-rumored collaborative project. There was a time when this seemed unlikely after a reported feud between the Canadian stars. But they’ve since reconciled and joined one another on stages across the world. Just last year, Drizzy also told Abel himself that an OVOXO effort “has to happen at some point.” So why not now? Both are crafting new albums, but a joint effort would make for quite the follow-up.
J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar
Even before Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole became the beloved powerhouses they are today, the duo announced a joint project. Both MCs have since carved out massively successful solo careers and pushed the project to the side. Still, the rumors of what could be have persisted, often coming from within their camps. “We should find a time…to really lock in,” Kung Fu Kenny told Rap-Up in 2012. By 2016, Ab-Soul claimed that the LP was “in the works.” Perhaps we’ll finally get that long-awaited Kendrick x Cole album, after all.
Kanye West and Kid Cudi
Kanye West and Kid Cudi have quite a history. They went from big brother-little brother to bitter rivals, before reuniting as friends and collaborators. Most recently, it looks like their bond was strengthened by the turmoil — as friends and as individuals — resulting in reports of a joint project in Japan. After songs like “Gorgeous,” “Welcome to Heartbreak,” and “Make Her Say,” it’s clear they have a winning formula together. Recently, they even linked up in Wyoming. Now, anticipation for the rumored joint effort is mountaintop high.