Best Female R&B and Hip Hop Collaborations of 2020
Even if sexism dominates the airwaves, female singers control the charts. This year, we’ve heard some unlikely combinations from various female rappers and singers. If you’re looking for a new song to add to a party playlist or bump while driving around, I got you. Keep these songs on rotation, support femme artists! Below, I’ve created a list of the best female R&B and hip hop collaborations of 2020.
“Change Your Life” by Kehlani & Jhené Aiko
“Change Your Life” is the 6th song off of Kehlani’s sophomore album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t. This song is smooth and the first collab from the R&B pair, Jhené Aiko and Kehlani. Both tend to sing about similar material including broken and developing relationships. This song harps on wanting to help a potential partner grow in all aspects of their life.
“Woman” by NAO and Lianne La Havas
This powerful song celebrates women of color and the current battle for equality with a summery vibe. Both of these U.K. stars have amazing backgrounds in music. In fact, Nao has co-signed from artists like Mura Masa, SiR, and 6lack, while Lianne La Havas has collaborated with Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei. The track is funky, sensual, and jazzy.
“Flick! (Stacey)” by Jean Deaux & Yung Baby Tate
Up and coming rappers Chicago native Jean Deaux and Georgia native Yung Baby Tate joined forces on Deaux’s debut album Watch This. I’m tempted to say these female rappers have one of the best singles of 2020. This gritty track touches on relationships and time in the bedroom. Although Deaux is known for her R&B songs, this hits different.
“WAP” by Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion
Do I really need to say much about this top charting song from two of the top rappers in the game? Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have created SO much controversy with one song and #WAP has been used 9.8 Billion times on Tik Tok. This track obviously has to be one of the best female R&B and hip hop collaborations of 2020.
“Back To The Streets” by Saweetie & Jhené Aiko
With such a feisty title, you’d think this song would be more aggressive. But this collab is relaxed, fun, and takes influence from 90’s R&B with some electronic and piano twists. Aiko even seems to be rapping at points, which is fire. This is the new anthem for breakups, know your worth and find the next!
Best R”Aquí Yo Mando” by Kali Uchis & Rico Nasty
DMV natives Kali Uchis and Rico Nasty are SLEPT on. Rico Nasty is one of the strongest rappers in the game. In 2018, both artists put out albums respectively that put them on the map. In particular, this song is groundbreaking because we hear Nasty rap in Spanish for the first time.
New Female R&B Singers
Stars like SZA, Kehlani, and Jhene Aiko, along with an extensive list of excellent female R&B artists have broken out of the shadows of years of being dominated by the likes of Beyonce, and have generated millions of fans worldwide.
Modern rhythm and blues can be traced back to the legendary era of the 1980s when Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson dominated R&B music throughout the charts and on the music scene.
In today’s world, we have a new generation in control who features a long list of talented female R&B artists, from household names to emerging artists with thousands of followers and listeners whose success is only a hit away. We present Top R&B female singers who truly reflect the present-day scene in rhythm and blues.
- Jhene Aiko.
- Ella Mai.
- Queen Naija.
- Summer Walker.
90s Hip-hop and R&B Collaborations
R&B became increasingly popular in the 1990s. Women and groups such as Destiny Child, TLC, Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and dozens of others produced and created timeless music and classics that have survived all these years. Here’s a list of some of the best hip-hop and R&B collaborations that were produced in the 1990s.
- ‘I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By,’ Method Man Feat. Mary J. Blige
- ‘Fantasy (Remix),’ Mariah Carey Feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard
- ‘Anything (Remix),’ SWV Feat. Wu-Tang Clan
- “I Wanna Be Down (Remix),” Brandy Feat. MC Lyte, YoYo & Queen Latifah
- “Just Like Me,” Usher Featuring Lil Kim. …
- “Can’t Be Wasting My Time,” Mona Lisa Featuring Mister Cheeks. …
- “So Good (Remix),” Davina Featuring Raekwon
- “Touch Me, Tease Me,” Case Featuring Foxy Brown & Mary J. Blige
- “How Do You Like It,” Keith Sweat Featuring Left Eye
We Need To Celebrate More Female Collaborations
In the rap world, we see so much rivalry from popular artists. It’s time we switch it up and beg for those collabs! All of the artists I’ve listed can hold their own, but these collaborations have helped showcase other skills. My list of best female R&B and hip hop collaborations is hopefully just starting as we see more artists creating together.
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