With the news that musical legends Sting and Shaggy have teamed up to create a joint album, I started to wonder what other fantastical collaborations I would want to hear. Mega artist mashups are not new of course, Distant Relatives by Damian Marley and Nas comes to mind. If I could wave a musical magic wand and bring 10 reggae inspired album collaborations together, these would be them in no particular order.
1. Cardi B and Spice
Two self described bad…ahem…women. A Cardi B and Spice album would be the most curious bit of attitude enhanced, dancehall laced, hip hop madness I can imagine.
2. Drake and Sean Paul
Two super focused hit makers who have each figured out a hit making formula. It would be insanity to see these two collab on a full length album.
3. Major Lazer and Vybz Kartel
|Major Lazer||Vybz Kartel|
Hyper energy + hyper lyrical delivery = a Major Lazer and Vybz Kartel album. Yes please. If only the musical stars could align to make this one happen it would be great. These two collaborated on “Pon De Floor”, pure insanity. Beyonce ultimately took the exact same beat and made it a hit with “Run the World (girls)”.
4. Chris Brown and Popcaan
Chris Breezy’s music is like eating that thing you know is bad for you but say YOLO and do it anyway. Popcaan’s music is exactly the same. Chris Brown and Popcaan would be the equivalent of a Cronut (croissant and donut).
5. Alicia Keys and Tarrus Riley
|Tarrus Riley||Alecia Keys|
Musicality and gravitas. The hallmarks of music from Alecia Keys and Tarrus Riley. A reggae infused mashup between these two would be too much to handle.
6. Maroon 5 and Konshens
Marron 5 and Adam Levine are musical genius’s. They know how to make collab pop hits. Konshens always sounds like he needs a challenge, like that kid in school who is bored. A Marron 5 mashup would be just the challenge.
7. Jah9 and Jazmine Sullivan
Listen to Jah9 and Jazmine Sullivan and you might think they are sisters separated at birth. They could even name their album Distant Relatives. Seriously.
8. Damian Marley and Capleton
I have only one thing to say about this. Listen to “It Was Written” off Damian Marley’s Halfway Tree album. More of that please. Thank you. Bye.
9. Jah Cure and Kendrick Lamar
|Jah Cure||Kendrick Lamar|
Kendrick is a megastar now, but his music is that rare thing that is pop, rap, street, and backpacking all at the same time. The sugary poppy consciousness that could come from this mashup would be groundbreaking.
10. Rihanna and Assassin
Bad Gril RiRi needs no collabs, but she does them oh so well. Assassin has what it takes to keep up with the many moods and sides of Ri’s creativity. After all a bad girl needs a bad boy. #jussayin.