Beauty and the Beat

Beauty and the Beat
ESSENCE.COM Nov, 18, 2009

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Jay-Z and Alicia Keys perform onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City.

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Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are prepping to set the charts on fire with their song “Fly” from “Pink Friday.”

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Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige represent R&B Hip Hop to the fullest. “Can’t Knock the Hustle” is one of the best collaborations of our time.

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Mary J. Blige and Method Man remixed the classic hit “Your All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

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The Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige and Ja Rule perform “Rainy Days.”

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J Rule and Ashanti on stage at the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 23, 2009 in New York City.

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Erykah Badu and The Roots make soulful music on this roots meets rap and R&B mix.

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Ciara and Ludacris got it crunk with the club banger “Oh.”

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Beyonce and Jay-Z make beautiful music with their classic collabo “Bonnie & Clyde ’03.”

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Perfect combination: Jill Scott and Lupe Fiasco make soulful music with their duet “Day Dreaming.”

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50 Cent and Olivia create sweet music with the suggestive and sexy candy shop.

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Riding a Latin beat, Aaliyah and Nas mixed the melody of R&B with the rock hard beats of hip hop.

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R&B titans, Alicia Keys and Beyonce collaborated on Keys’ song “Put it in a Love Song.”

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Lauryn Hill and Nas created an anthem with a hard beat and a Caribbean rhythm on the “If I Ruled the World.”

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In an epic collaboration, Kanye West and Jay-Z are pulling together their talents for a duet album called, “Watch the Throne.”

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Sampling the Tom Tom Club, Mariah Carey and rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard created a surprising hit with “Fantasy.”

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Faith Evans gospel tinged voice was the perfect balance to The Notorious B.I.G.’s syrupy sound and lyrics.

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Rihanna and T.I. perform “Live Your Life”onstage at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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Kelly Price and LL Cool J make a classic New York hip hop song rocking R&B and rap with “You and Me.”

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