It Takes Two…

There was a nice little thread at my homey’s site, Oh Word Dot Com. The question posed was what if GhostFace Killah didn’t actually write ‘Supreme Clientele’. It seems like cRap music’s dirty little secret of rampant ghostwriting even finds itself at the pinnacle pantheon of the rapper food chain. Personally, I know that there is no one that could ghostwrite Tony Starks’ lyrics, but I know that he is influenced by the people
in his cipher, just like we all are. I think this dude Supreme should be happy that his name is
attached to one of the many classic tapes in the Hip-Hop canon. If he wants credit for any more than that he needs to drop an album for me to hear.

When I listen to ‘Supreme Clientele’ I feel like that is the true OB4CL2, except this version is from Ghost’s perspective and not Rae’s. For my money, GhostFace and Raekwon are the greatest duo in the history of rap music. These two niggas are the peanut butter and jelly of this shit. The motherfucking Fish and Chips of this rap shit. Now there are other duos that are crucial to the history of the culture in their own right, but let’s face it, OB4CL cements Ghost and Rae as the G.O.A.T. Wonder Twins. And you know this to be true. So before you humps start flinging your shit at me I will give props to other important pairs of emcees that have shaped the soundscape of this Hip-Hop shit.

Run-DMC – To tell you the truth these niggas are a trio, so they are voided from this list.

Dougie Fresh and Slick Rick – La Dee Dah Dee and The Show will forever move the crowd.

EPMD – These dudes have hits for days and are responsible for bringing Reggie Noble into the game. ‘Nuff said.

OutKast – The Yin and Yang of the rap game.

8 Ball and MJG – These niggas were better than UGK until they fell the fuck off.

Trae and Z-Ro – Nahh, never heard of ‘em.

Finesse and Synquis – For showing the ladies how to spit and for the two ladies that read these drops, as opposed to all the bitchmade chicks with sticks who shits on mines (too many to name, but y’all know who you are, stand up).

Red and Meth – Give these niggas props for never being scared to crowd surf. They don’t just rap about it, they be about it.

50 Cent and Kanye West – Just trust me that these two are a duo (nullus)

What other important pairs did I leave out? If you name them also leave a sentence as to why their credible on your list.

Update…
Snoop & Dre – just cause it’s a G thing

Harold & Kumar

Bill & Ted – excellent adventure

Mos Def & Talib Kweli – Blackstar

MOBB

Lil’ Wang & BirdBrain – for you Content.

Belize says…
Batman and Robin (No Homo Weezy F Baby)

Pippen and Jordan (WTF sports/rap analysis man ??!?!?) True. My badd

Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross

Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday (Ayo!?!)

Corey Haim and Corey Feldman (*proceeds to do 80’s baby dance*)

derfla the hus’la says…
tom and jerry

ken and ryu – watchu know bout that

KING BLAIR says…
DEEZ NUTZ & NAPPY HEADED HOES : cuz it makes me happy

  • suckaniggadickmakeaniggarich

    snoop & dre – just cause its a g-thing
    check the name faggots

  • yung stunna

    camp lo?

  • 757 4eva

    Harold and Kumar – Believe me they are hip-hop,searching for white castle after geeting baked;nuff said

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    actually billy i think it was superb, not supreme.

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    pos and dave of de la.

    - totally complimentary emcees that have consistently put out quality, if not classic material for 18 (!) years. the fact that they have stayed together for so long and have kept making such great music makes them even better than ghost and rae. their catalogue watermarks very specific moments of hip-hop history (example: stakes is high is an indictment of the jiggy era). also, they have selflessly introduced a wide variety of extremely talented artists.

  • HNIC

    Run-DMC – You have to respect the architects… Their “Tougher than Leather” tape, along with the Beastie Boys “License to Ill” were the first tapes that I ever owned. Classic shit!
    Dougie Fresh and Slick Rick – They’re the reason why I became a “hip hop head”!!! After hearing “The Show”; I fell in love with this shit!
    EPMD – “Crossover” is still one of my all time favorite cuts!!!
    OutKast – I own every Outkast album in existence… excluding “Idlewild”. There’s an exception to every rule. I can’t wait for their solo albums to drop! Dre is back in the game, baby!
    8 Ball and MJG – They were one of my favorite duos, until their most recent album… I still have love for them, but they need to end their contractual obligations with Bad Boy ASAP, in my opinion. Having Diddy at the helm of their projects isn’t a good look for them. They need to link with Three 6 Mafia… that’s more their style.
    Trae and Z-Ro – I haven’t had the pleasure of hearing them collectively, but I’ve most definitely heard their solo efforts, as well as some collaboration with various Texas artists. Don’t sleep on them… they have skills.
    Finesse and Synquis – Never heard of them.
    Red and Meth – I had mad love for them back in the early 90’s… I’m still holding on to hope that the “Blunt Brothers” will make some more classic shit!
    50 Cent and Kanye West – I’m confused by your reference to them as a group… are you suggesting that their gay… together? I’ve heard the ‘ye allegations and 50 does look kinda suspect appearing shirtless and grinding in his “Amusement Park” video. But, I think that he’s doing that for the females, since they’re the only ones who consistently support artists that they like. That’s how LL has remained in the game for over 2 decades. If he relied on guys to comprise his core fan base, he would’ve fell off after “Mama Said Knock You Out” died down.

  • http://myspace.com/youngmyke Myke_Wayne

    Daz and Kurupt and Havoc and Prodigy(Mobb Deep)

  • http://www.myspace.com/larrybrite Larry Brite

    Camp Lo Fa Sho – Del & Casual – J5 – X Raided & Bro Lynch – Mac Dre & Mac Mall – Quannum Projects

  • Nigga Please

    You 4got the Mobb nigga! ‘The Infamous’ LP was everything for NY rap. I swear i’ll never understand why the mobb always gets shitted on.

  • Detroit

    Gangstarr, you idiot.

  • sobossy

    The Clipse are on they’re way to being one of hiphop’s greatest duos.

  • Detroit

    And go back to your P.O. (Post Office, bitch).

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    I’d give Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) a mention. They virtually paved the way for ‘backpacker’ Hip Hop around the time when Puffy had Hip Hop ‘glamourized’

    The kept lyrics relevant in the game around that era. (Tribe and De La were gone and no one was reppin’ this type of music at the time)

    Besides that .. There ain’t alotta cats that get down with Talib and Mos Def in a cypha on the streets. Mos Def is the consummate MC and Kweli is a beast on the mic, lyrically.

  • Atl’s own

    man u know Outkast is da G.O.A.T

    UGK- drop nothin but Classic albums.

  • JacksonDane

    Jada & Styles
    MOP
    Daz & Kurupt
    Mobb Deep
    Blackstar
    Gangstarr

  • smog

    pete rock and cl smooth had some of that speical chemistry
    yeah 50 and kayne should do a duo rap over “you make me better”

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    Q-Tip and Phife … also.

  • detroit

    what if 50 and kanye work FOR satan dey both popular both fuck both of em

    Eastside chedda boy malik might get signed 2 grand hustle meaning yall might he me 2 on his shit

    on my detroit shiit

  • Content

    lil’ wayne and baby – just for you billy, just for you

  • KingJaffi

    The most reliable webpedia (read: wikipedia) states that Starks and Lex are actually half brothers. Can anyone confirm that or is it just some bull?

  • Nigga Please

    Yo niggaz who comment on here are fucking gay!!…Camp Lo??????…The Clipse????…What the motherfuck are you niggaz talkin about???…Do you listen to rap???….How do you mention those two bum-ass duos being left off b4 the Mobb, Tribe, & M.O.P.???…I swear you internet niggaz are fags. Camp Fuckin Lo????…I’m still baffled by that. And they got mentioned more than once. Das Efx are higher than them niggaz!

  • RLW

    PHIFE AND QTIP

  • J.R.O.

    I been thinking that myself, Sunday. I’m sure most of y’all heard the audio of Superb (supposed to be anyway) from jail saying that he DID write the ‘Supreme Clientele’ ablum. If so, that changes my whole thought for Ghost. C’mon, man, a member of Wu having a ghostwriter?? I don’t wanna believe it.

  • these posts are racist

    Tupac and every kid from the ghetto rapping “Straight Ballin” to help them cope with the difficulties of poverty.

    “I be up before the sunrise, first to hit the block little bad mutha…”

  • young o

    mobb deep – the infamous > OLB4CL

  • VLsteve

    pharaoe monch & prince po

  • Tha Ace

    Detroit Says:

    July 20th, 2007 at 1:23 pm
    Gangstarr, you idiot.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    DJ Premier doesn’t rap….IDIOT

  • Apollo

    Camp Lo
    BlackStrar
    Ghostface and Raekwon
    Diddy and Ma$e or should I say Ma$e and Diddy(written by Ma$e)
    Nelly and T.I.P.(sike)
    Jay-Z and Nas(Legendary Black Republicans)
    Biggie Smalls and Shawn Carter

  • Boner Jams 03

    For my money, GhostFace and Raekwon are the greatest duo in the history of rap music.

    Billy, Billy, Billy….i’m gonna have to disagree with u on that one….and don’t think i’m just some wu-hatin ass nigga, cuz believe me..that purple tape CHANGED MY LIFE in summer 95…that shit was pure genius…only rivaled by illmatic,, reasonable doubt, and ready to die in my opinion…but Billy…that’s all they really did as a duo….nnow don’t get me wrong..supreme clientele is a classic…ironman is around the corner from being a classic…but what has rae done beside 0b4cl??that immobilarity was TRASH RAP son…and who the fuck even bought the lex diamonds story?????so for my money..the greatest duo of all time would have to go to outkast….not only in rap..but maybe in all of music..

  • Tyler

    I can’t wait until Yayo find out ‘dat U are going against him doubting his word. U had better help ya’ Grandmommy 2 move bro.
    SolutionsGlobalMedia.com aka SGM7.com
    Love it or Hate it, Tell a Friend.

  • ak47

    how you not even gonna mention mobb deep?? come on dunn. go back and listen to Shook Ones and then add them to the list.

    honorable mention – styles and jadakiss. they underacheived like a motherfucker, but they still put out some hood classics over the years.

  • Boner Jams 03

    on some real shit Billy…i don’t even think rae and ghost are touchin plug 1 and plug 2…

  • Danny

    Clipse
    Cam and Juelz (Don’t talk shit, you know they have alot of classics)
    Feild Mobb

    But the most succesfull one of all (Unfortunately) which you failed to mention…

    50 cent and Ja Rule…

  • Hokus

    No shit Detriot! Gangstarr And the Clipse! How could you forget Billy!

  • IM RICHBITCH

    MY DICK AN MY BALLS (NO HOMO) PAUSE (NULLUS) I THINK EVERYONE WHO WRITES THESE WORDS ARE GAY (TEH GHEY WTF?)

  • N.O. 4 life

    ^^^^^^sosobossy
    how the hell are the clipse even metioned if they have no type of respect…they are abc rappers same thing over and over…drugs money clothes girls

  • Nigga Please

    I challenge the next nigga who mentions Camp Lo to an all out nigga brawl!

  • dee.gutter

    SMIFF AND WESSON – AKA – COCCO BROTHAS — THEY GOT THEM HITS

  • HNIC

    these posts are racist Says:

    July 20th, 2007 at 1:48 pm
    Tupac and every kid from the ghetto rapping “Straight Ballin” to help them cope with the difficulties of poverty.

    “I be up before the sunrise, first to hit the block little bad mutha…”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You’ve impressed me… 2Pac is still one of my favorites. Regardless of the lack of love that he receives on the internets. I could/can relate.

  • Misha

    Please dont forget Styles P and Jada, cause the other guy in that group is just irrelevant (what was his name again?)

  • Hip Hop since 79′

    Nice and Smooth
    Outkast
    Blackstar

  • N.O. 4 life

    salt n pepa – better than all of todays rap bitches (male and female)

    billy likes to watch young oiled up boys undress though…

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    thoreauly77,
    You are right it was Superb, not Supreme. That is why duke stays losing because I can’t even remember his name.

    I updated the honorable mentions and I have to refute your submission of Pos and Dove. DLS is the greatest trio ever.

  • The Truth

    Billy come on no matter how fabricated their thug stories, 4get their 4ft 2 stature, and erase those Off the Wall pics Jay put up @ SummerJam how can you call yourself a HipHop fan and not put MOBB DEEP!

  • http://bgdboom.blogspot.com enigmatik

    Underground Kingz

  • Around and Around

    these posts are racist Says:

    July 20th, 2007 at 1:48 pm
    Tupac and every kid from the ghetto rapping “Straight Ballin” to help them cope with the difficulties of poverty.

    “I be up before the sunrise, first to hit the block little bad mutha…”
    —–
    “fucka wit a pocket full of rocks” Cosign.

    Also, MC Nukba/Dirty D classic Duo.

  • Incilin

    The guy who supposedly wrote Ghost’s lyrics is SUPERB not Supreme. Get ur facts right Billy.

  • Ryan

    M.O.P.-Dudes have been doing it for years, consistent and consistently underrated.

    Apathy and Celph Titled-On the come up, not part of the greatest yet, but they’re so nice with it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/jumz JUMZ

    JADA AND STYLES P!!!!! they have some of the dopest collabs ever

  • Around and Around

    Best Duo:
    Prince & the revolution.

    Challenge that nigga to a game

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    If ur gonna put Harlod and Kumar…then dammit u gota put:

    Ice Cube and Chris Tucker Mike Epps

    Batman and Robin (No Homo Weezy F Baby)

    Pippen and Jordan (WTF sports/rap analysis man ??!?!?)

    Kris Kross

    Avant and Keke Wyatt (the original Crazy hoe)

    Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross

    Louis Armstrong and Billie holiday (Ayo!?!)

    Corey Haim and Corey Feldman (*proceeds to do 80′s baby dance*)

    mmm…how bout the Chip and Dale nucca?

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    Mayne ya’ll still need to fix ur server…shyt still runs slow

  • these posts are racist

    I feel you HNIC

  • these posts are racist

    “Also, MC Nukba/Dirty D classic Duo.”

    Co-sign. MC Nakba, most under rated emcee, Dirty D, spits from the heart.

  • dre

    daz/kurupt- 90′s cali rap
    warren g/nate dogg- string of hits

  • ak47

    daz and kurupt too….more kurupt than daz, but still worth throwing out there.

  • Sin-cere

    AZ & Nas…What! No mention!

    Dog Pound!

    Of coarse Rae & Ghosh…(Jay & Big)Outkast & UGK..Red & Meth

  • able was i saw elba

    yea i would have put AZ and Nas if they would have done a little more together….give “The Essence” a listen, these two sound like they were meant to rap together with each one perfectly complementing the other, an album from them would have been great

  • G. $crilla

    Gangstarr: Hard To Earn…nuff said.

  • Lazy

    Are we counting Public Enemy as a duo? If not, they at least deserve a mention like Run DMC.

  • derfla the hus’la

    mobb
    clipse
    the commission
    blackstar
    outcasts
    tom and jerry
    double dragon
    ken and ryu- watchu know bout that

  • derfla the hus’la

    oh yeah almost forgot Vandamme and rodman double impact…. payce

  • KING BLAIR

    1. BIG & HOV : new york aint been this fly since 97

    2. NAS & AZ : life’s a bitch

    3. THE CLIPSE : these dudes already bros

    4. TIP & JEEZY : the trap loves both an their the southern big an hov

    5. DEEZ NUTZ & NAPPY HEADED HOES : cuz it makes me happy

  • Ghost Deini

    Fuck Superb. Ghost always had hot lyrics, way before Clientele. Same style too. So I’m guessin Superb just wrote the whole Ghost catalog? Superb and Yayo, suck a dick. Y’all ain’t fuckin with the god on ANY LEVEL. Ghost & Rae are def my favorite tag team. How can you seriously not mention the Mobb though? They are a close second.

  • diggsy

    *** FIELD MOB ***

  • May

    Damn, Billy, how could you forget Styles & Jada?

    and maybe Em & 50?

    and what about Biggie & Lil’ Kim? They made some good music together…

  • Ghost Deini

    Outkast is one of the greatest duos in Hip-Hop. But they arent THE GREATEST. Y’all must not of heard Idlewood. I can’t blame ya though, I couldnt get through that cd either. ‘Dre don’t even rap anymore, besides a few recent guest spots. Alot of their shit isnt even Hip-Hop. If they put out a Hip-Hop album where they actually spit, maybe I’ll reconsider. You can’t put out a couple good albums and be the greatest.

    P.S. Why does everybody think ‘Dre is gonna be spittin on his solo joint? He’s rappin on these guest spots cause that’s what the artist pays him for. They don’t want some “Hey Ya” shit. I’m not hatin on “Hey Ya” either. Straight fire. After all, it is my mom’s favorite song….

  • May

    “You are right it was Superb, not Supreme. That is why duke stays losing because I can’t even remember his name.”

    Er, or because he’s in jail.

  • May (the actual one)

    i didn’t type that last comment…just to clear s— up…i suggested the duos…

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    how can you forget:
    crocket and tubbs
    hall and oates
    the captain and tenille
    eric b and rakim

  • Dr Flav

    Superb is nice.

  • sk

    Yo I got a duo for you billy even though..50 and Game..Yo don’t front them dudes made some dope joints

  • sk

    shit..#16 to #80 (montanta to rice)

  • Carlito

    DJ Jazzy Jeff n’ The Fresh Prince – Homebase, Mufukas.

  • Cuban Link

    Dave Chappelle and Charlie Murphy-Im Rick James, bitch!

    Fuck yo couch nigga fuck yo couch!

  • Cuban Link

    also Eminem and Dr Dre.Without that duo, there would still be no love for white kids into hip hop.

  • MIAMI NIGGA

    OUTKAST FIRST 4 ALBUMS ARE CLASSICS. MOST OF THERE SHIT IS TIMELESS. WE ALL KNOW DRE FLIPPED AFTER STANKONIA BUT WHAT OTHER GROUP COMPARES.

    AND HOW CAN YOU FORGET ABOUT SOSA AND ESCOBAR!!! NAS AND AZ ARE RIGHT THERE WITH RAE AND GHOST.

  • Purple Hulk

    NEVER HEARD OF TRAE AND ZRO?
    HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING IN A CAVE FOR THE LAST 7 YEARS?

  • THAT BOY NOAH

    UGK. CHAMMILLIONARE AND PAUL WALL. OUTKAST. EIGHTBALL AND G(THE OLD SHIT)

  • BIGNAT

    THE CLIPSE BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST SICK WITH THERE FUCKING WORD PLAY.
    KANYE AND COMMON WHENEVER THEY DO SOMETHING TOGETHER IT TURNS OUT TO BE EPIC
    R.KELLY AND INSERT RAPPERS NAME HERE NO MATTER WHO IT IS MOST LIKELY KELLS GOING MAKE IT A GOOD SONG. THAT JAY-Z AND R KELLY SONG IT AINT PERSONAL IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD IT FIND IT
    OUTKAST BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS PUSH THE BAR WITH IDLEWILD ALOT OF PEOPLE SAID IT WAS GARBAGE. TO ME IT’S THE EVOLUTION OF THERE MUSIC THEY ALWAYS CHANGE EITHER YOU GET ON THE RIDE OR BE LEFT BEHIND. IDLEWILD IS NOT THERE WORST ALBUM STANKONIA IS. IT HAS ALOT OF HITS BUT THE SONGS IN BETWEEN THE HITS ARE TRASH.
    JAZZY JEFF AND THE FRESH PRINCE JUST BECAUSE I THINK THEY GOT THE FIRST RAP GRAMMY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT RIGHT???

  • lamel

    nas & az- life’s a bitch , mo money mo murder

  • Port_o_Prince

    TRAE N ZERO FUCK ALL THAT OTHER SHIT HARDEST N THA SOUTH REAL TALK FUCK THAT DICK N THA BOOTY GAY ASS 50CENT KANYE WEST SHIT

  • Mr. Whats beef

    beanie siegel and freeway- held up state property.

    cassidy and swiss beats- lyricism and hardcore beats.

    dmx and the lox- stop, drop, shut em down, open up shop. classics

    M.O.P- Before the G-Unit crossover.

  • Chain

    PHIFE AND Q-TIP

  • Chain

    PHIFE AND Q-TIP

  • DIZZLEMAN SR..

    OUTKAST IS THE G.O.A.T. I can’t believe you left out UGK. UGK has to be one of the greatest. Nas and AZ also. Jay-Z and Beans are amazing together. They may not be on very many songs together, but just peeped the catalogue. The same with Nas and AZ.

  • Patto

    The fuck?

    Billy, can’t believe you forgot motherfuckin Kid ‘n’ Play.

    Class Act and House Party for all y’all 80s babies!

  • DANJA29

    Wow @ you givin’ Mobb an honorable mention. True, they’ve made next to nithing worth listening to since 2001, but that ’94-’99 run had to count for SOMETHIN’.

  • SJB

    Did not look all the way down, the list, but saw no mention of Nas and AZ, to me the nicest EVER!!! Life’s A Bitch, Phone Tap, How Ya Livin’, The Essence, Serious, Mo Money Mo Murder, The Flyest, COME ON PEOPLE!!!

  • dolo

    how bout melachi and lildap ??
    kane and abel???
    daddy mack and mack daddy lol

    jk

    lets not forget tho

    kid n play
    cocoa b’s
    nice and smooth
    heltah skeltah
    CEd Gee n Kool keith
    Organized Konfusion
    beatnuts

    (all these duos HAVE at least one classic)

  • Lazy

    “Trae and Z-Ro – Nahh, never heard of ‘em.”

    Heard of CunninLynguists?

  • http://www.blogspot.com/zacreole zacreole

    quik & amg, chub rock & hit man howie tee, biz & kane, ray luv & mac mall, common & no id, wc & coolio, mu fuckin black rock & ron, hard knocks (hard head & stoneface), eric b & mu’fuckin’ rakim, tip & phife, pete nice & serch, willie d & scarface (bushwick, although props given, really don’t count) & rodney o & joe cooley.

  • http://www.blogspot.com/zacreole zacreole

    slug & ant, aesop & blockhead, c-rayz & el p, n2deep (chuckles “he got the black one & i got the white one”) jean grae & 9th wonder, phonte & big pooh, il al skratch (itchy & skratchy), peter & corey, audio two (milk & giz), showbiz & ag mufukkkaz, lord finesse & mike smooth, too short & ant banks, paris & mad mike, CANNIBAL OX………………………………………………………………………………………

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    Dallas Penn & Rafi Kam

  • KING BLAIR

    WEED & BLUNTS

    COKE & HENN DOG

    LIL KIM & ANTI BIOTICS

    GI JOE & COBRA

    ADAM & EVE – NOT WAYNE & BABY

  • Cuban Link

    Marlo Brando and Al Pacino: the Godfather.

    Tony Montana and Manny Ribera: Two whole generations obsessed with Cubans, thank you.

    and you better throw up that Chappelle and Murphy duo I thunk up, Billy!

  • Cuban Link

    Fiddy and the Game.The whole world was rocking to How We Do and Hate It or Love It.

    The 80s and the 90s.Fuck this milenium, those were the fun times.

  • ABC

    Big Pun & Fat Joe – Deep Cover 98

  • http://speakermag.blogspot.com the only opinion that matters

    u.g.k. ridin’ dirty and stripper tracks that still rock in any hood i.e. “let me see it” and “take it off”

  • che

    no bol and billy?

  • http://dahshyt.blogpot.com Belize

    *daps billy*

    BTW..That Hopkins fight sucked balls

  • Belize

    KING BLAIR says…
    DEEZ NUTZ & NAPPY HEADED HOES : cuz it makes me happy

    ^

    *dies*

  • alter negro

    cnn

  • BIGNAT

    ABC Says:

    July 21st, 2007 at 5:59 pm
    Big Pun & Fat Joe – Deep Cover 98

    i am sad i forgot to add this