Grace McCreight's Top 5 Sweet Collaborations
Sometimes people you like make music with other people you like, and it’s awesome. Here (in no particular order because they’re all mega chill) are five collaborations totally worth your time.
Idle Warship –
Talib Kweli, Res, and Graph Nobel got together in 2008 to make Party Robots, a mixtape of creeping, chill-out jams . They’re dropping a new album next week, and from the single they’ve put out, it sounds like just as much of a collab delight.
Fact: At an Idle Warship show, some kid punched my co-DJ in the face and tried to pay her $2 for it.
Track: Momma May I
“Ghetto Pop Life” –
An exceedingly dope album put together by Danger Mouse and Brooklyn MC Jemini the Gifted One. Honestly, I’m chill with anyone who samples a Gregorian chant, but this whole record is bomb.
Fact: Jemini sued a guy named Gemini.
Every few years, Murs and Slug team up with a different producer and put out an album under the Felt nom-de-musique. Each one is named after an actress the two rappers wanna get to know, in the Biblical sense. The lucky ladies have included Christina Ricci, Lisa Bonet, and –most recently – Rosie Perez. Each record has its own vibe, but all three are totally solid.
Fact: When I tried to buy Felt III, the cashier refused to let me pay until he had given me his opinion of every track.
Track: Woman Tonight
Bop Alloy –
Last year, producer Marcus D and rapper Substantial put out a record that’s heavy on bouncing jazz samples and has a cover that looks like a portrait of Boba Fett, if Boba Fett was an DJ. The epically-named Steph the Sapphic Songstress features on most of this mellow, lazy-day listen.
Fact – Substantial’s website swears he’s really big in Japan, you guys.
Track: Another Day in the Life
Fort Minor –
Fort Minor - arguably the most bro thing on this list - is Mike Shinoda’s side project. Yep, Mike Shinoda, as in that guy who raps in Linkin Park songs. He enlisted Styles of Beyond for two surprisingly rad mixtapes and an album. Put on your best fitted, pop the collar on that polo, press play, and embrace your inner super bro.
Fact: Multiple Austrians have asked my brother (Irish-American) if he’s Mike Shinoda (Japanese-American), and will he please sign some autographs.
Track: Bloc Party