Verses Vol. 3 - The Duets by @ACaseOnline
I love these barbershop conversations my friends and I always engage in. (Salute to my NEGUS) I know when I originally started the Verses series I would be discussing Hip-Hop lyrics but fuck it, this is my creation and I can do whatever the hell I want.
Artists have often gotten together in a collaborative effort to drum out hits and in some cases timeless classics. In my last Verses, "What's Love Got to Do With It" we touched on a few of those said classic collaborations. Now when people think duets we automatically think of two talented singers but we are going to revisit this thing with a twist: The best hip-hop duets. Now they don't necessarily have to be in a group, so feel free to be as open minded as possible and give me your two cents. This isn't a Top 10 list or shit like that, just some stand out pairings that I personally like and I may even throw a verse or two in just to remain consistent. Check it out.
OutKast - B.O.B - "In-slum-national, underground, Thunder pounds when I stomp the ground..."
Okay so I lied, but how in the hell can I mention hip-hop duets without the best Hip-Hop duo ever. (Please don't debate this) The beat alone could stand by itself, B.O.B (Bombs over Baghdad) is an amazing example of a great hip-hop pairing.
Method Man & Redman - Da Rockwilder
Aight, I lied again, but can you blame me?! The best track in under 3 minutes these two emcees shred through this track effortlessly with two tight verses and leave us wanting more. MORE dammit MORE!
Jay Z and The Notorious B.I.G - Brooklyn's Finest
"If Faith had twins she'd probably have two Pac's - get it Tu-pac?"
I mean if you never heard this I'd have to believe you have just woke up from a lifetime coma. "Nigga please like short sleeves I bear arms"
Tupac and Snoop Dogg - 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted (Gangsta Party)
Had to show love to the West Side with this one. "They wonder how I live with 5 shots, niggas is hard to kill on my block" Track was lyrical, beat was smooth, and Pac was back after his incident in NY.
Blackstar (Mos Def & Talib) - Definition
I mean shit...put two Brooklyn emcees together on a classic boom bap beat and sit back and watch the magic happen. :"Definition" was a great track, full of back to backs and stuffing as many lyrics as possible into a 16 bar verse.
Dr. Dre & Eminem - Forgot About Dre
"..when your album sales wasn't doing too good who's the Dr. they told you to go see"
Another personal fave of mine, as soon as the beat drops you immediately start nodding your head. Dre talked his shit and Eminem gave you his signature, "I can pretty much out rap anyone" flow to compliment his mentor perfectly.
Aight, well there you have it, a short list of some of my favorite hop-hop duets. Who did I leave out? List some of your favorites and drop a verse or two.