Our Favorite Collabos

Top 25 Collabos
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 24, 2009

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We hate to say good-bye to Black Music Month, but we’re going out with a bang by rocking to our favorite collabos.

We don’t condone catfights, but it sure sounded good when these two R&B princesses released this melodic duke-out about who was the better woman for their two-timing man.
Listen Now: Brandy & Monica - Never Say Never

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What more can we say? In the disco era, boogying all night long was truly paradise, and The Emotions made it sound heavenly.

Listen Now: Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions - Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits

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We all know that peepers are the windows to the soul, but we had no idea the power of arousal they could cause until these two gentleman made them smokey hot.

Listen Now:Rick James & Smokey Robinson - Rick James: The Ultimate Collection

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It’s only right that behind every great woman there’s an even greater street soldier. Thug lovin’ isn’t our thing but we welcome any strong brother to protect and love a good woman.
Listen Now: Destiny's Child featuring Lil Wayne and T.I.

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This club banger picked up where the running man left off and we could barely keep up with a jog let alone a full-blown run.

Listen Now:Chris Brown - Chris Brown

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Diddy joined the clan of rappers trying to do the sing-a-long rap, but we lived for the diminutive diva’s guttural outburst even though she claimed she had nothing to say.
Listen Now:Diddy featuring Keyshia Cole - Press Play

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Timbaland’s infectious beats caught our ears and was the perfect backdrop to the ode to resilience, but Aaliyah’s lyrics made us want to dust ourselves off and try again.

Listen Now:Aaliyah - Aaliyah

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You couldn’t help but do the two-step to this horn-and-bass heavy jam that complemented Big Boi’s southern drawl and Sleepy Brown’s smooth, laid-back vocals so well.
Listen Now:OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown

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There’s a lot to be said about a brother who writes poetry for his woman, and Mos Def delivered on this soulful track amid Lady J’s robust vocals.

Listen Now:Jill Scott featuring Mos Def - Jill Scott Collaborations

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This seductive anthem had the ladies sporting midriffs, peasant skirts and ankle bracelets. And any track bringing back the original microphone fiend was good for the soul.

Listen Now: Truth Hurts - Love's In Need of Love

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This love tryst made us want to curl up and get some popcorn to watch the melodic drama that ensued between Kelly, her two-timing hubby Kels and her protective uncle Mr. Biggs.

Listen Now:Kelly Price, R. Kelly & Ronald Isley - #1 Spot

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What’s better than having one of R&B’s hottest crooners on a song? Having two of course, and we would gladly take the place of the woman Saadiq and D’Angelo are missing.

Listen Now:Raphael Saadiq - Instant Vintage

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Whether you took a belly-dancing class or not, when Tigger and Kels asked you to move your body like a reptile, you got to squirming to the best of your ability.
Listen Now:R. Kelly featuring Big Tigger

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Just because you don’t mess with broke guys doesn’t make you a gold digger, but the saying does make for a serious hit on the music charts. Foxx’s uncanny impersonation of Ray Charles definitely came in handy as West put the spotlight on money-hungry women.

Listen Now: Kanye West & Jamie Foxx - Late Registration

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Mixing old school with new quickly solidified Brandy’s place in the spotlight, as she held her own with hip-hop three heavyweights on her first remix.

Listen Now: Brandy - Brandy

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Like any addict, we can appreciate how difficult it might be for a rolling stone to trash his player’s card, but the truth never sounded better with this bold confessional. Listen Now: Big Punisher featuring Joe - Capital Punishment

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Usher’s smooth vocals mixed with Lil John’s “Yeeeeeaaaaaah” and Ludacris’s clever lyrics got the most tamed parties started.

Listen Now: Usher - Confessions (Bonus Track Version)

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We believed in the infinite possibilities of finding a soul mate when the Queen of Hip Hop Soul went searching for hers.

Listen Now: Mary J. Blige - R&B Hits CD and DVD Collection

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Bringing these soulful acts together was bound to happen, and Badu captured the sentiments of many ladies reassuring their men that their love is here to stay.

Listen Now: The Roots & Erykah Badu - Things Fall Apart

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Her heavenly voice and his crazy one-liners (“me and Mariah go back like babies and pacifiers!”) kept us on the dance floor.

Listen Now: Mariah Carey featuring O.D.B. - #1's

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The ATL sweetheart debuted with a big bang as she declared her decision to keep her goodness under wraps. She has continued to share the spotlight with big-name artists from Ludacris to most recently Justin Timberlake.

Listen Now:Ciara featuring Petey Pablo

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This triple threat packed a powerful punch over an unexpected Snoop Dogg sample. Dare we say it got the best of us….but we just kept on coming back incessantly.

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This Yonkers-bred lyricist asked the tough questions while the silky soul singer did his best to help him figure it them all out.

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Hip hop reminded us of it’s insightful roots with this public service announcement over a dope beat, as Jada described the ills of today’s society and Hamilton joined in.

Listen Now: Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton

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The dancehall king and singing sensation got hips moving with this sexy summer anthem at the height of the reggaeton run.

Listen Now: Beyoncé & Sean Paul

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