The 15 Best Producer/Rapper Combos Right Now


In a recent profile with GQ, Drake divulged the details of his forthcoming third album to writer Michael Paterniti. In the time they spent together at Drake’s California home, Drizzy touched on his working relationship with his longtime producer 40 – who’s overseen every project Drake’s put out – and went on to mention, “At this point, I can’t have anyone but 40.” While the two are certainly creatively in-sync, the working bond they have as rapper and producer is nothing new in hip-hop.

While groups from the Golden Era (Tribe, Gang Starr, Eric B. & Rakim) were often comprised of MCs and producers, as artists have embraced solo careers it’s become common for them to repeatedly team with go-to producers who both understand their sound and can help them reach their full sonic potential. So far, this year in hip-hop has spawned some classic hits from frequent collaborators who are constantly on the same wavelength. As the saying goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

We were inspired to take a look at some of the best pairings making music now. From 40 and Drake to Kendrick and Sounwave to Harry Fraud and Action Bronson, they have a clear chemistry that’s yielded some incredible music. Read on to find out the 15 best producer/rapper combos right now.—Eric Diep, Dan Buyanovsky, Chisom Uzosike, Chris Mench, and Raven Irabor

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    Preemo & Bumpy Been Working Together Since Before ’03…Go Do Your Homework

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    Faze Miyake and Merky Ace

  • New Jack Stacks

    No Lex Luger and Flocka? Curren$y and Ski Beatz?

  • Slick Joe

    Young chops beats are always dope!

  • MAEK

    Wassup with Meek Mill & Jahlil Beats? XXL guys are sleeping on them… smh

  • N.W.A.︻╦╤─

    CAM’RON & ARAB ???????

    • Lance Porter


  • damnnhomie

    Drake and 40?

    • E

      They are on here.

      • damnnhomie

        nicccce, didn’t realize there were multiple pages. respect.

  • Datdude88

    Where is dj mustard and yg????? And meek and jahlill beats???

  • stabscotch

    Skywlkr and Danny Brown? Childish Gambino and Ludwig? sleepin on a few combos

    • Rickey Gambini Jr.

      yeah they fuckin GEEKIN!!!! Danny n Sky is CLASSIC! and Childish and Lud!

  • Lance Porter

    ok i understand jay and pharell but jay and swizz or jay and just blaze or jay and timbo are better combos imo

    also, fraud could be paired with a few niggas especially french

    meek and jahlil?

    this is a good ass list tho

    • E

      Yeah, we should have put Meek/Jahlil on this. Ima Boss still rings loud

    • CFWM

      French and Fraud should be there instead of with Bronson no Fraud on Excuse My French was a huge dissappointment also Jay n Just Blaze/Kanye is Jay best combo

  • Allonte

    Where the fuck is YG and DJ Mustard…I have no more respect for XXL, They hate and dismiss the west coast so much it’s not even fuckin funny

  • profanity

    Kato and Jarren Benton

  • DatDudeBruhBruh

    I would have went with Future & Metro Boomin’ instead of Mike Will… I mean, Mike Will helped Future make his new “song”, ‘Sh!t’.

  • 808

    Zaytoven and Gucci is the best combo hands down…they have too many classics together than any of the rest of the combos

  • TilInfinity

    Curren$y & anybody!?????

  • Matt Cosgrove

    All though Action Bronson and The Alchemist were on here as separate duos, I would have liked to see them together as well. Rare Chandeliers was the shitttt.

  • Salmeth

    Chop And Keef

  • xv

    the awesome sound and xv

  • Chicago

    T.I. and DJ Toomp…Slug and Ant…Freeway and Jake One…Curren$y and Harry Fraud

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    DJ Kenn & Chief Keef > Young Chop & Chief Keef

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    DJ Premier and Joey Bada$$ on Unorthodox..
    Would love to see more of them together.

  • Soulo Ho3

    Soulo and Tae Beast?

  • pharell?

    you put jay with pharell. cmon, pharrell?? of all the people that jay gets beats from consistently, not timbaland, not kanye, not swizz, pharell?? lets be real.