XXL Presents… R. Kelly’s 25 Best Rap Collaborations

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  • 25. Diddy "Satisfy You," <em>Forever</em> (1999)
    25. Diddy "Satisfy You," <em>Forever</em> (1999)
    As if a Luniz "I Got 5 On It" sample wasn't enough to make the 1999 single appeasing, Kelly's contribution to Puff's <em>Forever</em> smash proved to be a winning combination—topping the <em>Billboard</em> Rap charts and earning a gold plaque. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/LcezZYa-SiE?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/LcezZYa-SiE?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 24. R. Kelly ft. Cam’ron, Noreaga, Jay-Z & Vegas Cats "We Ride," <em>R.</em> (1998)
    24. R. Kelly ft. Cam’ron, Noreaga, Jay-Z & Vegas Cats "We Ride," <em>R.</em> (1998)
    Leave it to Kells to assemble an R&B posse cut filled with lyrical MCs. No lovey-dovey stuff, here. All MCs spit edgy rhymes over the smooth soundscape. Kells, meanwhile, plays facilitator by simply providing hooks between verses.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/zbvOKPwA6MM?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/zbvOKPwA6MM?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • 23. Jay-Z ft. R. Kelly "Guilty Until Proven Innocent," <em>The Dynasty: Roc La Familia</em> (2000)
    23. Jay-Z ft. R. Kelly "Guilty Until Proven Innocent," <em>The Dynasty: Roc La Familia</em> (2000)
    Hov hadn't addressed his legal troubles up to this point. With Kells handling the hooks, he masterfully touched an on going case stemming from his alleged stabbing of Lance "Un" Rivera. The song is actually their first collaboration together and it paved the way for the blockbuster, "Fiesta (Remix)."<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/aCHB4GCyufE?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/aCHB4GCyufE?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • 22. Big Tymers ft. R. Kelly "Gangsta Girl," <em>Big Money Heavyweight</em> (2003)
    22. Big Tymers ft. R. Kelly "Gangsta Girl," <em>Big Money Heavyweight</em> (2003)
    Big Tymers' R. Kelly-featured single finds the singer again stealing the show with lyrics like, "Y'all know what happens next, Hypnotiq and a rated X/Got her singin' the greatest sex." It's hard to imagine this record without the R&B Pied Piper.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HZhb9Vam3IA?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HZhb9Vam3IA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 21. Ja Rule ft. R. Kelly & Ashanti "Wonderful," <em>R.U.L.E.</em> (2004)
    21. Ja Rule ft. R. Kelly & Ashanti "Wonderful," <em>R.U.L.E.</em> (2004)
    An embattled Ja Rule reached out to the R for the lead single off his <em>R.U.L.E.</em> album—his first since taking a loss to 50 Cent. The song would go on to earn a gold certification from the RIAA added to Kelly's arsenal of hits.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/YHL-fnib58k?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/YHL-fnib58k?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • 20. Fat Joe ft. R. Kelly, Lil Wayne, T.I., Birdman, Rick Ross and Ace Mac "Make It Rain (Remix)," <em>Me, Myself & I</em> (2007)
    20. Fat Joe ft. R. Kelly, Lil Wayne, T.I., Birdman, Rick Ross and Ace Mac "Make It Rain (Remix)," <em>Me, Myself & I</em> (2007)
    Kells was on one hell of a run in 2007. Hopping on a number of remixes, as well as prepping the release of his <em>Double Up</em> album, the R&B titan managed to score another notable highlight on the remix to Fat Joe’s “Make It Rain” banger, which also featured Lil Wayne, T.I., Rick Ross, Birdman and more. While the original track was impressive enough, Kells added his signature soulman flair while crooning lines like "<em>I'm trying to stay R&B but these streets is a part of me, so don't get it twisted...</em>"
  • 19. Swizz Beatz ft. R. Kelly, Lil Wayne and Jadakiss "It's Me... (Remix)," <em>One Man Band Man</em> (2007)
    19. Swizz Beatz ft. R. Kelly, Lil Wayne and Jadakiss "It's Me... (Remix)," <em>One Man Band Man</em> (2007)
    While Weezy's opening verse may have been a showstopper on the original, the Pied Piper took the remix up another level as he pounded his <em>chest like king kong</em>, boasted about his legacy (<em>R&B singer, Mr. Defeater/21 years and I'm still coming through your speakers</em>), accomplishments (I'm a Billboard shyster) and of course his lascivious side. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/GAk-MxypDX8?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/GAk-MxypDX8?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 18. "Honey" with Jay-Z <em>The Best Of Both Worlds</em> (2002)
    18. "Honey" with Jay-Z <em>The Best Of Both Worlds</em> (2002)
    Yet another gem on <em>Best of Both Worlds</em>. The track is a testament to how successful the album could have been if they promoted it. Kells handles hook duties effortlessly on the summery soundscape. The Bee Gees would have been proud.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Efm-WS1RIbA?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Efm-WS1RIbA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 17. "Best Of Both Worlds Intro" w/ Jay-Z <em>The Best of Both Worlds</em> (2002)
    17. "Best Of Both Worlds Intro" w/ Jay-Z <em>The Best of Both Worlds</em> (2002)
    Kells' back-and-forth with Jigga make for an exhilarating intro that perfectly sets the stage for the <em>best of, both worlds. Oh-oh!</em><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/WBmbQHjUZtY?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/WBmbQHjUZtY?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 16. Twista ft. R. Kelly "So Sexy," <em>Kamikaze</em> (2006)
    16. Twista ft. R. Kelly "So Sexy," <em>Kamikaze</em> (2006)
    Belting out yet another catchy hook wasn't enough, here. Kells dropped a verse of his own, relying on his signature rap-sing delivery with lines like, "So many girls off up in the mall boy a nigga be in the club (ohh!)/Soon as one of them walk by me and I be like, Yo whassup?" The single helped push Twista's <em>Kamikaze</em> towards a platinum plaque. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/S4l8EtwMCjw?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/S4l8EtwMCjw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 15. Fat Joe ft. R. Kelly "We Thuggin'," <em>J.O.S.E (Jealous Ones Still Envy)</em> (2001)
    15. Fat Joe ft. R. Kelly "We Thuggin'," <em>J.O.S.E (Jealous Ones Still Envy)</em> (2001)
    Still chasing commercial success, Fat Joe enlisted Kelly for the lead single to his 2001 LP, <em>J.O.S.E (Jealous Ones Still Envy) </em>. The track set the table for Joe's first platinum plaque. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Lv08OLBbk6o?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Lv08OLBbk6o?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 14. “Snake” ft. Cam’ron & Big Tigger <em>Chocolate Factory</em> (2003)
  • 13. "I'm a Flirt (Remix)" ft. T.I. & T-Pain <em>Double Up</em> (2007)
    13. "I'm a Flirt (Remix)" ft. T.I. & T-Pain <em>Double Up</em> (2007)
    This <em>Double Up</em> single managed to be a hit for the Pied Piper, cracking the top 20 on the <em>Billboard’s</em> Hot 100, peaking at number 12. Not to mention, it was also boosted by 2007’s big names: T.I. and T-Pain. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/AV1kM9ifb-M?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/AV1kM9ifb-M?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 12. R. Kelly ft. Birdman & Busta Rhymes “Thoia Thoing” <em>The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1</em> (2003)
    12. R. Kelly ft. Birdman & Busta Rhymes “Thoia Thoing” <em>The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1</em> (2003)
    It’s still unclear what the title means, but track nine off Kells’ greatest hits compilation was a problem during the summer of 2003, especially with the remix featuring appearances from Cash Money’s Birdman and Flipmode captain Bussa Busss. The hypnotic single spawned freestyles left and right including by The Diplomats and earned Kelly another Top 20 record on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100—reaching no. 13 and 16 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/RGfxYcIKsFA?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/RGfxYcIKsFA?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • 11. R. Kelly ft. The Notorious B.I.G. "You To Be (Be Happy)," <em>R. Kelly</em> (1995)
    11. R. Kelly ft. The Notorious B.I.G. "You To Be (Be Happy)," <em>R. Kelly</em> (1995)
    Kells may have worked with Jay-Z and Nas extensively, but Biggie has the distinction of being the first rapper featured on a Kells record. Though it was never released a single, it stands as one of the most memorable tracks on Kelly's self-titled '95 LP to this day.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/_WjJiOoY-k8?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/_WjJiOoY-k8?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 10. “Take You Home With Me aka Body” w/ Jay-Z <em>The Best of Both Worlds</em> (2002)
    10. “Take You Home With Me aka Body” w/ Jay-Z <em>The Best of Both Worlds</em> (2002)
    Kells' penchant for merging rap and R&B is front and center here, as he swagger jacks the opening lines from Jay's "Ain't No Nigga." "I make it hotter than the next bitch," he sings. Together the two take home a couple wives and went on to take a top five slot on the <em>Billboard</em> Rap singles chart. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/q76no-p-gv8?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/q76no-p-gv8?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 9. Nas ft. R. Kelly "Street Dreams (Remix)" (1996)
    9. Nas ft. R. Kelly "Street Dreams (Remix)" (1996)
    It's the collaboration that birthed Kells memorable string of guest hooks on rap songs. He'd work with Biggie on his self-titled 1995 LP, but he'd yet to appear on a rap song until God's Son recruited him for this remix off <em>It Was Written</em>. It quite possibly kick-started the working relationship between Kells and Trackmasters, as well. They would go on to work together on <em>Best of Both Worlds</em>. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/B6dg5eHqZCk?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/B6dg5eHqZCk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 8. “Home Alone" ft. Keith Murray <em>R.</em> (1998)
    8. “Home Alone" ft. Keith Murray <em>R.</em> (1998)
    The opener to his <em>R.</em> album found Kells churning out a <em>reason to celebrate</em> on this ’90s house party anthem with Keith Murray. Can’t sleep on this one. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/5ElBIqaq36U?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/5ElBIqaq36U?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 7. "Get This Money" with Jay-Z <em>The Best Of Both Worlds</em> (2002)
    7. "Get This Money" with Jay-Z <em>The Best Of Both Worlds</em> (2002)
    Kells and Hov cooked up a paper chase anthem over the Pied Piper's use of spanish guitars and bouncy rhythm. Together the duo created a tantalizing treatment for the clubs and radio. Best of both worlds indeed. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/cAlZkTLafjU?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/cAlZkTLafjU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 6. Snoop Dogg ft. R. Kelly "That's That Shit," <em>The Blue Carpet Treatment</em> (2006)
    6. Snoop Dogg ft. R. Kelly "That's That Shit," <em>The Blue Carpet Treatment</em> (2006)
    Snoop enlisted Kelly on the hook to his gem off the 2006's <em>The Blue Carpet Treatment</em> and the results were well, the <em>shit</em>. The <em>Coming to America</em> sample was an undeniable highlight, but the R's hook is really what made the track.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TwmJyLM2mvk?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TwmJyLM2mvk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • 5. R. Kelly ft. Nas "Did You Ever Think (Remix)," <em>R.</em> (1998)
    5. R. Kelly ft. Nas "Did You Ever Think (Remix)," <em>R.</em> (1998)
    Grabbing Nas for the remix to <em>R.</em>’s “Did You Ever Think” single, was a well executed move for the singer as the two created a gem with this smoothed-out, reflective rags-to-riches record. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/JpL1FEyjgxA?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/JpL1FEyjgxA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • 4. Young Jeezy ft. R. Kelly "Go Getta," <em>The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102</em> (2006)
    4. Young Jeezy ft. R. Kelly "Go Getta," <em>The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102</em> (2006)
    From the build up with Kells' simple <em>Young Jeezy...and your boy Kells</em> to the end, Jeezy's block-rocking banger was taken up another level with the vocals of R. Kelly. Together the two created an anthem that's considered one of Jeezy's best singles to date. Thug motivation indeed. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/yTo2GDGKk7I?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/yTo2GDGKk7I?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • 3. Cassidy ft. R. Kelly "Hotel," <em>Split Personality</em> (2004)
    3. Cassidy ft. R. Kelly "Hotel," <em>Split Personality</em> (2004)
    Cassidy scored the biggest hit of his career thanks to Kells' addictive chorus. The lead single to his 2004 debut, <em>Split Personality</em>, it peaked at No. 4 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100. Though it never heard a certification from the RIAA, it was inescapable at the time of its release. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/z5F9rXi8nUM?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/z5F9rXi8nUM?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 2. The Notorious B.I.G. ft. R. Kelly "Fucking You Tonight," <em>Life After Death</em> (1997)
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  • 1. "Fiesta (Remix)" ft. Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti, <em>TP-2.com</em> (2001)
    1. "Fiesta (Remix)" ft. Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti, <em>TP-2.com</em> (2001)
    It's likely the smash that inspired Kells and Jay's <em>Best of Both Worlds</em>. Sure, they'd previously collaborated on Hov's "Guilty Til Proven Innocent" off <em>The Dynasty: Roc La Familia</em>, but the remix to "Fiesta" was just on another plane. Way before friction existed between the two, Jigga and Kells proved their chemistry on record to be tougher than that leather on the Fonz with Jay providing the clever wordplay he’s known for and Kells well, crooning vocals smooth enough to have <em>your man sayin’ ‘Tell me have you seen her?</em>. The Trackmasters- produced chart-topper—sitting atop the <em>Billboard</em> Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart for reportedly five weeks—was the summer smash in 2001 and years later it still continues to catch burn. <em> My, my, my, my…</em><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/K861IVsUlzQ?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/K861IVsUlzQ?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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  • b402

    Guilty Until Proven Innocent was on the Dyansty album though. XXL you guys need to start proofreading.

  • NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

    nas “ever think” and cassidy’s song should switch places, other than that, i’m fine with the line up