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Jay-Z is a slut, and collab countdown

October 7, 2009
I guess there have been worse pairings in musical history...

I guess there have been worse pairings in musical history...

According to a recent NME interview, Jay-Z apparently wants to work with Liam Gallagher. Says the rap superstar:

“When I teamed up with Linkin Park nobody expected that to work but we made a massive success of it,” he said. “The same could happen with Liam.”

Disregarding the obvious hilarity in Jay-Z’s logic, does he know that Liam is the Gallagher who doesn’t write songs and doesn’t play guitar? Regardless, Jay-Z seems to get around the musical world more than Kristie Alley at a buffet.

Despite the fact Hova has already “collaborated” with half of North America and at least cybered with a handful of Brits, the former Oasis frontman would by leaps and bounds make his oddest pairing yet.

In light of odd couples, here’s my personal list of musical collaborations that always make me smile.

Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn

OK, so this is the only catchy song on their whole album together, but 1 out of 9 ain’t bad, right? I mean, let’s be honest — I was expecting worse. Also, they would make beautiful babies.

Weezer & Lil’ Wayne

This video isn’t the song in question, but it’s from the same upcoming album. I haven’t heard even a sliver of this colab track yet, which was apparently produced by Jermaine Dupri and I don’t even have to — just the idea blows my mind, along with this Weezy Meets Weezer headline from whence I first heard the news.

Bjork & Antony Hegarty

If you don’t like either of these artists, you probably hate this song. If you like one, you probably like the other. If you really like both of them to begin with, you probably jizzed your pants the first time you heard this. I suppose I’m kind of cheating though since these two aren’t really an odd couple as much as… they are a couple of odd people.

Mariah Carey & ODB

In hindsight this isn’t an odd pairing, but keep in mind this track was during that magical period in time when Mariah was first emancipated but still somewhat unsure of herself. Meaning, she wasn’t annoying yet, but her exuberance was bubbling over and infectious as hell. She was still wearing a pretty untarnished “good girl” image, so when ODB comes in during his first verse it was probably one of the seminal musical moments of the 90’s, defining all pop-rap collaborations for generations to come. “Me and Mariah go back like babies with pacifiers”? Classic.

Owen Pallett, or Final Fantasy Fantasy

This is super cheating, but is probably one of the most awesome musical covers I’ve ever heard.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Anupa permalink*
    October 7, 2009 3:47 pm

    Three things:
    1) You used the word “cyber”–jokes
    2) I enjoy Scarlett Johanssen as a musical performer, I’ll admit it.
    3) That Mariah Carey/ODB song is one of the greatest collabos of a generation. Doesn’t everyone know the words to ODB’s verse? “Yoooo Newwww Yoooork in the hoouuuse!” Makes me happy.

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