16 of the Best Collab Albums of All Time

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Ross Gilmore

When it comes to the best collab albums ever, it's no easy feat putting a list together. We took a deep look at some of the most legendary albums of all time where artists came together to make magic.

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Without further ado, here's a look at our list -- which is in no particular order.

16. Black Star – 'Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star' (1998)

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Rawkus Entertainment

To kick off our list, we've decided to start with Black Star's Album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. This project is iconic, and is a phenomenal reference for what the apex of quality in hip-hop looked like at the time of its release, 1998.

15. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett - 'Cheek to Cheek' (2014)

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Columbia Records / Sony Music Entertainment / Interscope / UMG

Next up is Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's collaborative project from 2014, Cheek to Cheek. While this project came as a surprise to many (I mean, who would've thought, right?), it backed the shock value with real substance.

14. Jay-Z and Kanye West – 'Watch the Throne' (2011)

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Roc A Fella / Shawn Carter

Seeing this album at number 14 on our list is your assurance that its in no particular order. While it's challenging to pick favorites when it comes to albums, Watch the Throne from Jay-Z and Kanye is an undisputed favorite. They made the year 2011 feel like the year 3000, musically speaking.

13. Drake and Future – 'What a Time to Be Alive' (2015)

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Cash Money Records

Just as the title of the album states, 2015 really was a time to be alive, especially thanks to Drake and Future's collaborative album. What a Time to Be Alive is one of the greatest albums of the last decade in hip-hop, and has scored a spot on our list, accordingly.

12. Gnarls Barkley – 'St. Elsewhere' (2006)

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Downtown Music / Atlantic Records

Even though they've split up since, the iconic duo Gnarls Barkley made some serious waves with their releases at the time. In 2006, they dropped off St. Elsewhere and shocked the world with a new flavor of music.

11. Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan - 'Tha Tour Part 1' (2014)

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When it comes to the evolution of Atlanta hip-hop, you've got to give Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan their flowers, respectively. When they linked for a collaborative project in 2014, the result was exactly what you'd expect: pure fire.

10. Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y - 'How Fly' (2009)

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Jet Life Recordings / Taylor Gang / Rostrum Records

Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y are two of the most respected rappers in their circles of the music scene (and cannabis scene, of course). In 2009, they changed the course of their careers with their collaborative project, How Fly.

9. The Carters — 'EVERYTHING IS LOVE' (2018)

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S.C. Enterprises / Roc Nation

Jay-Z and Beyoncé have built incomparable careers individually, and getting married was news enough. In 2018, they joined forces like never before with a collab album as The Carters, EVERYTHING IS LOVE.

8. Gunna and Lil Baby - 'Drip Harder' (2018)

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QC / YSL / 300 Ent / UMG / Motown / Capitol

Gunna and Lil Baby have both come such a long way since their respective humble beginnings. Back in 2018, they blessed fans up with an unforgettable project called Drip Harder. Needless to say, it didn't disappoint.

7. Nas and Damian Marley - 'Distant Relatives' (2010)

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Republic Records / UMG

Nas and Damian Marley are two of the most respected artists in each of their genres. When they came together in 2010, they unveiled a project called Distant Relatives, which to no surprise, made some sizable waves.

6. 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin - 'Without Warning' (2017)

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Slaughter Gang Records / Epic Records / Sony Music Entertainment

Another classic project on our list is one from 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin: Without Warning, which dropped back in 2017. This was truly an unforgettable project that had a notable impact on modern music.

5. MF Doom and Madlib - 'Madvillainy' (2004)

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Stones Throw Records

MF Doom and Madlib have each built very reputable brands from the start of their careers. In 2004, it was the perfect time to link for an album, and so they did. RIP to MF Doom, you are missed dearly.

4. Method Man and Redman - 'Blackout!' (1999)

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The Island Def Jam Music Group

There will rarely be a duo better than Method Man and Redman back in the nineties. Their 1999 collab project, Blackout!, was the most suitable way to end the decade in style.

3. Kanye West and Kid Cudi - 'Kids See Ghosts' (2018)

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Def Jam / UMG / Takashi Murakami

Even though they are currently at odds after their recent feud, Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music comrade Kid Cudi joined forces back in 2018 and unveiled a modern classic, Kids See Ghosts. This gave listeners a unique perspective of where their sounds were at during the closing of the 2010's, and it speaks volumes.

2. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - 'Piñata' (2014)

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Madlib Invazion

Madlib is a production legend, as made apparent by his many classic contributions (and his former mentioning in this article alongside MF Doom). Freddie Gibbs was lucky enough to connect with the production great back in 2014, and the result was a clear-cut success. Did we mention Madlib produced their next collab album (Bandana) in its entirety on his iPad?

1. Jay Electronica & Jay-Z - 'A Written Testimony' (2020)

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Roc Nation

Even though our list is written in no particular order, it doesn't feel out of the ordinary to see Jay-Z and Jay Electronica's names alongside the number one spot. In 2020, they came together to drop an exciting new album, A Written Testimony. Check it out for yourself, and while you're at it, dive into the music behind the rest of our list.

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