The Undercover Hookmaster: Jeremih’s Success As a Featured Guest


Despite his 2009 breakout hit "Birthday Sex," 24-year-old Jeremih—instead of knocking out solo bangers—has gradually built up his reputation as a go-to hookmaster within the hip-hop landscape. While he hasn't quite yet achieved the star power of household names like Akon or T-Pain, he's certainly made a case for himself, finding success by teaming up with rappers in need of a proper radio smash. Though he hasn't released an album since 2010's All About You, he's sustained his relevance on the airwaves by teaming up with a who's who list of rappers. Here's 10 of Jeremih's most impressive guest spots. —XXL Staff (@XXLStaff)

Fab - My time

WHO: Fabolous & Jeremih

TRACK: "My Time" off Loso's Way

WHEN: 2009

THE SONG IS: Dramatic. It's perfect for sports games, and rightfully so, the song received extensive playing time at the Yankees stadium in 2010.

Ace Hood featuring Jeremih "Love Somebody," Ruthless (2009)

ace hood love somebody

WHO: Ace Hood & Jeremih

TRACK: "Love Somebody" off Ruthless

WHEN: 2009

THE SONG IS: Somewhat inspirational, but it could use a DJ Khaled appearance.

Sheek Party After 2

WHO: Sheek Louch & Jeremih

TRACK: "Party After 2" off Donnie G: Don Gorilla

WHEN: 2010

THE SONG IS: Women-friendly. Girls love mellow R&B crooning driving the rap-mobile, but they probably won't like the cover of Sheek's album, Donnie G: Don Gorilla.

Lloyd Banks I dont Deserve You

WHO: Lloyd Banks & Jeremih

TRACK: "I Don't Deserve You" off H.F.M.2

WHEN: 2011

THE SONG IS: It's been sometime since G-Unit bulldozed across the game, so we're not certain if Banks is still receiving that Miami-groupie love for him to semi-chivalrously give up wifey. It's a good record, though.

(Just) The tip Plies

WHO: Plies & Ludacris & Jeremih

TRACK: "Just (The Tip)" off Purple Heart

WHEN: 2011

THE SONG IS: For a self-claimed goon, Plies has too many Aveeno-sipping, vaginal-serenading singles. But, hey, if it works, why break it?

Diggy feat. Jeremih

WHO: Diggy & Jeremih

TRACK: "Do It Like You" off Unexpected Arrival

WHEN: 2011

THE SONG IS: Another thing Jo Jo should've/could've/would've done.

Wale Ross - That way

WHO: Wale & Rick Ross & Jeremih

TRACK: "That Way" off Ambition

WHEN: 2011

THE SONG IS: Addictive. From the Curtis Mayfield sample to bombarding radio plays, and a balance between Wale and Rawse's verses around the hook, this song was an inescapable hit on urban radio.


WHO: 50 Cent & Jeremih

TRACK: "Girls Go Wild"

WHEN: 2012

THE SONG IS: A bit cringe-inducing. 50 selling energy drinks? Fine. 50 making movies? Cool. 50 doing hooks? Great. But 50 singing verses? Come on, son!

travisporter ride like that

WHO: Travis Porter & Jeremih

TRACK: "Ride Like That" off From Day 1

WHEN: 2012

THE SONG IS: Instructional. It teaches women how to "ride."


WHO: Meek Mill & Drake & Jeremih

TRACK: "Amen" off Dreamchasers 2

WHEN: 2012

THE SONG IS: Amen for the quality, but Drake could've done the hooks, too. Just saying.