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The 21 Best 21 Savage Features

“I jump on your song and make you sound like you the feature,” raps 21 Savage on “On BS,” a cut from Her Loss — his new collab album with Drake. He ain’t capping. Most of the best 21 Savage features feature the ATL-bred rapper outshining his counterparts. In addition to an impressive catalog of his own records, 21 Savage has some of the best guest appearances in the game. 

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There’s a reason so many artists choose to work with 21 Savage. He always brings his A-game and delivers with his distinctive sound and cleverly gritty lyrics. The “Bank Account” rapper, who brings in the big bucks, has teamed up with some of the biggest names in music. This year alone, the Grammy Award winner has collaborated with some of the top artists out. He’s laid down attention-grabbing verses alongside Nas, Calvin Harris, Latto, Pharrell Williams, Shenseea, DJ Khaled, YG and others. Most recently, 21 can be heard on Metro Boomin’s latest album, Heroes & Villains. The rap star with more than 49 million monthly Spotify listeners delivered verses for several tracks from the super-producer’s latest release. 

Since he first landed on the scene, 21 has been proving that he can hold his own against just about anybody. 21’s numerous collaborations have shown that he is far from a one-dimensional artist. They have also proven that he is a certified hit-maker. He’s featured on several hit songs, from the likes of Post Malone, Drake and Cardi B. We took the liberty of compiling a list of the 21 best 21 Savage features. Check out our picks below.

21. Nas – “One Mic, One Gun (feat. 21 Savage)”
Mass Appeal

Legendary NY rapper Nas enlisted the help of 21 Savage for his single, “One Mic, One Gun.” Just as you’d expect, it came out quality.

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20. Post Malone – “Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)”
Republic Records / UMG

21 Savage has proven time and time again that his capability goes beyond just hip-hop; he has seamlessly contributed to some of the most recognizable pop records of our generation, like Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” for example.

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19. Drake – “Sneakin (feat. 21 Savage)”
Young Money Entertainment / Cash Money Entertainment

More Life was a one-of-a-kind Drake album which marked his embarking on a new chapter in his career. This was one of his best displays of feature curation, and what would that be without 21 Savage? “Sneakin” is a hit, as you probably already know.

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18. J. Cole – “m y . l i f e (feat. 21 Savage and Morray)”
Dreamville / Roc Nation

Who could forget the moment when J. Cole dropped a song featuring 21? While stylistically they vary very much, they somehow clicked perfectly on “m y . l i f e,” alongside Morray.

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17. Metro Boomin – “10 Freaky Girls (feat. 21 Savage)”
Boominati / Republic Records / UMG

It’s no secret that when 21 Savage and Metro Boomin link up, hits are generated with seemingly no effort. They’re a hip-hop match made in heaven. “10 Freaky Girls” is a perfect example of this at play.

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16. Pharrell, Tyler, the Creator – “Cash In Cash Out (feat. 21 Savage)”
Columbia Records / Sony Music Entertainment

This year, it was pretty hard to miss the rare collab between Pharrell, Tyler, the Creator, and 21 Savage, “Cash In Cash Out.” As expected, they came through with a heater fit for non-stop streaming.

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15. King Von – “Don’t Play That (feat. 21 Savage)”
Only the Family Entertainment / EMPIRE

Before King Von passed, he grew famous for his thoroughly packed catalog of bangers, one of which was graced by the voice of 21 Savage: “Don’t Play That.” Check it out for yourself.

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14. Travis Scott – “Outside (feat. 21 Savage)”
Epic Records / Sony Music Entertainment

Travis Scott has become one of the biggest artists in the world, so his feature choices always are quite a statement. In the case of “Outside,” he chose 21 Savage to help him make his song even more lit, and it worked.

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13. Cardi B – “Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage)”
Atlantic Records / Warner Music Group

Cardi B is one of the most well-known female rappers in the game right now, and while she was ascending rapidly, she enlisted the help of 21 Savage for her song “Bartier Cardi.”

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12. Big Sean – “Pull Up N Wreck (feat. 21 Savage)”
G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam / Republic Records / UMG

G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean has had a storied career, and in recent years, when he needed the right sort of buzz around his music, he knew it’d be a smart move to get 21 Savage on a song, “Pull Up N Wreck.” With Metro Boomin on the beat, how could they miss?

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11. Childish Gambino – 12.38 (feat. 21 Savage)
mcDJ Recording / RCA / Sony Music Entertainment

Childish Gambino has always had a wise sense of feature choices, and with his song “12.38,” once again, he didn’t miss. Who would have thought that a Childish Gambino and 21 Savage song would hit this hard? The song also features the likes of Ink and Kadhja Bonet.

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10. Nav – Both Sides (feat. 21 Savage)
Boominati / XO / Republic Records / UMG

Nav’s production background might be a solid reason backing his excellent ability to properly curate features. On “Both Sides,” 21 Savage showed just how good a collab between the two of them sounded. And yes, this is another Metro Boomin-produced banger.

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9. Yo Gotti – Yellow Tape (feat. 21 Savage)
Epic Records / Sony Music Entertainment

Yo Gotti and 21 Savage connected on Gotti’s song “Yellow Tape,” which aligns perfectly with 21 Savage’s sonic aesthetic. Are you seeing a pattern here? 21 Savage is easily one of the top contending feature artists.

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8. Drake – “Knife Talk (with 21 Savage feat. Project Pat)”
OVO, Republic Records, Universal Music Group

As made apparent by their other collaborations, especially their latest collaborative album, Her Loss, 21 Savage and Drake have formed somewhat of a rap dream team in the past few years. “Knife Talk” was the start of something special, and the duo have only continued to improve their already-impressive levels of chemistry, and thus the records have only gotten better and better.

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7. Young Thug – “I’m Scared (feat. DoeBoy and 21 Savage)”
300 Entertainment, Atlantic Recording Corporation

Young Thug makes bangers even when it’s just him recording. On this record in particular, he enlisted DoeBoy and 21Savage’s help, and the result is exactly what you’d expect from any of them, let alone all together: it’s heat. Once again on “I’m Scared”, 21 Savage had proven just how meaningful his features are.

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6. Lil Uzi Vert – “Yessirskiii (feat. 21 Savage)”
Atlantic Recording Corporation

The fact that this song is so high on the list is a statement about 21’s other work. “Yessirskiii” by Lil Uzi Vert and 21 Savage might’ve been the best on the album, which says a lot, too. This song will never get old, and you can bank on that for the remainder of our list as well. Somehow, it only gets better from here.

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5. Young Nudy – “EA (feat. 21 Savage)”
Paradise East Records

Young Nudy and 21 Savage have an incredible ability to channel the most authentic Atlanta energy into hit records. “EA” is the first song of two on our list where 21 joined Young Nudy as a guest verse, and it’s a modern Atlanta classic.

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4. Nardo Wick – “Who Want Smoke?? – Remix (feat. G Herbo, Lil Durk, and 21 Savage)”
Flawless Ent.

Everybody remembers their first time hearing “Who Want Smoke??” by Nardo Wick, right? Well, the remix somehow found a way to turns thing up a notch, which the world thought of as impossible at the time. Thanks to the likes of G Herbo, Lil Durk, and 21 Savage, this tasteful remix of “Who Want Smoke??” kept the same energy as the original and prolonged the initial buzz that Nardo Wick would have upon his entrance into hip-hop.

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3. Young Nudy – “Mister (feat. 21 Savage)”
Pi’erre Bourne / Young Nudy

Yet another Young Nudy and 21 Savage appearance on our list, “Mister” is arguably their best song together, while it does have noteworthy competition. Featured on Nudy’s Sli’merre project with Pi’erre Bourne, 21 Savage did what he does best once again. Check out this gem for yourself.

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2. Drake – “Jimmy Cooks (feat. 21 Savage)”
OVO, Republic Records, Universal Music Group

One step closer to their collaborative album, Her Loss, “Jimmy Cooks” confirmed what everybody already knew: when you mix Drake and 21 Savage, the result is some unbelievable music. This was likely the moment they knew that a project was imminent. Who can blame them when they were on such an iconic roll? At number two on our list, you might be wondering what could possibly top this song off of Drake’s Honestly, Nevermind.

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1. Tay K – “The Race – Remix (feat. 21 Savage and Young Nudy)”
88 Classic

At the number one spot on our list is the remix to the legendary single from Tay-K, “The Race,” which he recorded after cutting his ankle bracelet off while on house arrest and travelling across the country as a fugitive. 21 Savage joins Young Nudy in this SoundCloud era classic, which was premiered by DJ Phat on SoundCloud.

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The Best Drake Albums, Ranked

Drake doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. Since he burst onto the scene in the late 2000s he has been one of the most dominant artists in history. He has solidified his place as not only one of the most popular and successful artists in the world, but also as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Billboard even named him the artist of the last decade. He has countless hit songs and even more scene-stealing guest appearances.

12 of his projects, which includes albums, mixtapes, collaborative efforts, a playlist and a compilation have peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard’s album chart. But which of Drake’s projects is really the best? When it comes to ranking the best Drake albums, there are definitely different factors to consider. Throughout his projects there are so many highlights, from club bangers to introspective ballads to him experimenting with different sounds and flows

With the release of his most recent album, Her Loss, we thought it would be an excellent time to take a step back and look at all of the projects that led to this point. Below, we’ve ranked every single one of Drake’s albums and mixtapes (and a compilation and a playlist) from worst to best. Let us know what you think about our picks.

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14. Room For Improvement

The title of Drake’s first mixtape would end up being slightly prophetic, as so much of his work is. It’s not that Room For Improvement is a bad project per se because it’s not. Some fans swear to this day that he’ll never outdo this era of music. That feels like an exaggeration, though. The raps here are raw and unpolished, and Drake was yet to stand out from the pack with his signature style. This is certainly worth a listen, though, especially ‘City Is Mine’ and his freestyle over Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Kick Push.’

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13. Comeback Season

Drake’s second mixtape was in a similar lane to his first, but hints of the superstar that we’d be introduced to a couple of years later were now a little more present. Even if you haven’t sat with the 2007 mixtape from start to finish, you’ve more than likely heard ‘Replacement Girl’ with Trey Songz, which Drake credits as his first time collaborating with a star from the States. Some other guests on here that Hip-Hop heads wish Drake would have collaborated with since, like Phonte, Lil Brother, and Elzhi.

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12. Dark Lane Demo Tapes

Throughout the top of 2020, Drake music was leaking very frequently. In a few months, fans had an album’s worth of leaks like ‘Not Around,’ ‘Zodiac Sign’ with Jessie Reyez, and ‘Vital.’ Drake addressed them once on Instagram Live, saying that they were all old.

The leaks ended up giving him the idea of compiling some music that he had sitting around, and the result was Dark Lane Demo Tapes. It gave loosies’ War’ and ‘Desires’ a home, gave us the final versions of ‘Deep Pockets’ and ‘From Florida With Love’ and gave fans the full version of ‘Not You Too’ and ‘Pain 1993’, which fans had been playing snippets of on repeat. The project has some gems on it, namely ‘When To Say When’ and ‘Chicago Freestyle,’ but overall, it falls short of Drake’s standard with official albums and mixtapes, which is why it’s labeled as a compilation on streaming services.

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11. Honestly, Nevermind

Drake switched things up for seventh studio album, Honestly, Nevermind. The surprise album leaned heavy into house and Baltimore club vibes. It dropped only nine months after the release of Certified Lover Boy and featured only one pure rap song, which was the album’s outro, “Jimmy Cooks.” The 21 Savage-assisted banger debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Drake eleventh chart-topper. HipHopDX’s Vivian Medithi put it best, “He stopped making the Drake album we want him to make and made the Drake album Drake wants to make.” For many Drizzy fans, the album was a little too experimental. For others, lyrically it was underwhelming. The 14-track album’s production, however, was top-notch. Drake collaborated with Black Coffee, DJ Carnage and other producers to help bring his vision to life. Hate it or love it, Honestly, Nevermind will be remembered as one of Drake’s most ambitious projects ever.

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10. Her Loss

Drake and 21 Savage have an undeniable creative chemistry. So it’s only right that the two frequent collaborators would link up for a collaborative project. The 16-track album titled, Her Loss features contributions from platinum producers including Metro Boomin, Boi-1da, Tay Keith,Vinylz, Wheezy, Taz Taylor and Oz. Travis Scott drops off a verse on “Pussy & Millions,” while Birdman talks his shit on “Middle of the Ocean.” Lil Yachty’s name also appears in the album credits due to his production on several tracks, including “BackOutsideBoyz,” “Privileged Rappers,” “Pussy & Millions” and “Jumbotron Shit Poppin.” Prior to the release of the album, Drake and 21 did a little trolling by doing fake Tiny Desk, SNL (Michael B. Jordan) and Color performances; releasing a fake Vogue cover and doing a fake Howard Stern interview. Landed at No. 1 pushing 404,000 album-equivalent units and earning more than 513 million on-demand streams in its first week.

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9. What A Time To Be Alive

It’s funny to remember now, but Drake’s joint mixtape with Future originally came about out of spite for Meek Mill. We were fresh off of ‘Charged Up,’ ‘Back To Back,’ and ‘Wanna Know,’ and a few months before it all on The Breakfast Club, Meek named Future as one of the only artists he listens to day-to-day. That was without a doubt a major reason that Drake decided to do What A Time To Be Alive in the first place. He is the self-proclaimed “petty king,” after all.

Naturally, many of Drake’s verses on this are sprinkled with brags about winning the beef and subtle shots, but not enough for the tape to not be relevant and playable in 2021.

The main criticisms of this project are that, at times, it feels more like a Future project with Drake features on it than a 50/50 collaboration. With that being said, ‘Digital Dash’ and ‘Diamonds Dancing’ remain standouts in either’s discography. Both of them made our recent list of the 50 best Drake songs.

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8. More Life

More Life isn’t an album. It isn’t a mixtape. It isn’t even a compilation. It’s a playlist. At least, that’s what it was marketed as.

Essentially, there’s not too much difference about it structurally to a tape or compilation project. You could argue that Skepta and Sampha having their own songs on it lends itself to more of a playlist, but Drake also gave Kendrick his own song on Take Care, PARTYNEXTDOOR his own song on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and Majid Jordan their own song on Views.

Judging it as a piece of music, there are some great moments on here. Some of them are Drake’s energy on ‘Free Smoke’ and his upgrade from ‘Controlla’ to ‘Blem’ on here. However, the project suffers from the same thing that a couple of other projects on this list did. It’s too damn long. In all honesty, the playlist tag feels more like an excuse for not thinking so much about concepts, transitions, and themes than anything.

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7. Thank Me Later

Drake entered the game with his third mixtape, So Far Gone, having an impact like a big album. While that’s the kind of thing artists pray for and fantasize about, it meant that on his actual first album, he had all of the pressures of the infamous sophomore slump.

When you look at the tracklist for Thank Me Later, the first thing you’ll notice is how star-studded it is. JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I., and Alicia Keys make appearances on it, while Timbaland, Kanye West, and No I.D. are some of the producers that the L.P. boasts work from. This was entirely intentional, and it was Drizzy trying to prove to the world that a kid from Canada could not only get features from big names like this but hang with them too.

In terms of sound, TML felt like a transition from the melancholy, atmospheric vibe of So Far Gone, which was later reapproached and mastered on Take Care. It feels like Drake has been thrust into his position as a superstar and doesn’t know what to do with it.

Despite that, it’s a concise project with incredible highs like ‘Shut It Down’ and ‘Light Up.’

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6. Scorpion

Until about a month before Scorpion dropped, Drake had done everything right. In response to the idea that he took smaller artists’ songs and jumped on them to take their shine, he did ‘Look Alive’ with BlocBoy JB and did the video with him. He gave away $1 million in the ‘God’s Plan’ video. He put black women on a pedestal for the ‘Nice For What’ visual. But then, the Pusha T beef hit its height.

‘The Story Of Adidon’ put pressure on Drake like we could have never imagined for someone of his magnitude. Scorpion was his answer and a direct one at that.

Somewhat controversially, Drake spent a lot of time of the Rap portion of the album talking about Pusha T and Kanye West. Some felt that it took away from the album, while others argued that it gave the music a fierce edge that was necessary.

All in all, Scorpion could have been a really great album if Drake wasn’t married to the idea of doing a double-disc. There’s just too much fat on it to place any higher on the list.

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5. Views

Views is an album that was so critically acclaimed when it dropped that people put a little too much weight on its flaws, perhaps just to be contrarians. The album’s commercial success puts it in a weird space.

Drake has said that the concept of Views is inspired by the weather in Toronto, specifically the extremes of its harsh winters and scorching summers. He told Zane Lowe that the album starts off in the winter, takes us through the summer, and ends again in the winter. That feels a little bit like an afterthought to justify having some moody music and some fun records on the same project.

Either way, Drake’s fourth studio album doesn’t get the credit it deserves for doing what it did for Afrobeats and Dancehall. Whether anyone likes it or not, Drake popularised the genres for a mainstream audience, and Views encapsulates that moment perfectly with songs like ‘One Dance’ and ‘Controlla.’ We’re not sure anyone could blend a handful of genres together more smoothly than this.

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4. So Far Gone

For some, as is always the case, the nostalgia of Drake’s 2009 mixtape So Far Gone means that it can never be topped.

With this project, Drake created an aura attached to Hip-Hop and R&B music from Toronto for a decade. As he poetically put it on ‘Say What’s Real,’ it marks the moment that he transitioned “from fitting into standing out.”

There are hard Rap moments like ‘Uptown’ and vulnerable gems like ‘Brand New’, and they live in harmony under the same umbrella.

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3. Take Care

Drake’s sophomore album took the ‘contentious relationship with fame’ topics from Thank Me Later and mixed it with the desolation of So Far Gone. The result is the project that shaped Drake’s career and gave us an authentic glimpse of the places he could go as an artist.

Take Care is flawed only by its overly sweet moments like ‘Make Me Proud’ and ‘We’ll Be Fine’ that piece through its ambiance and even feel out of place conceptually. To Drake and 40’s credit, they acknowledged that the album was slightly too long and went out of their way to fix that for Drake’s next album.

When you talk Take Care, The Weeknd’s contribution must always be acknowledged. The singer helped Drake in some of the more ballad moments and gave up some of his own music for the project.

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2. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Technically a mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late came at a time when Drake had gone around a year and a half without an album and needed a sort of bridge to the already-announced Views.

Drake had always wanted to lock in with Boi-1da and do a tape full of more aggressive Rap songs, which was the perfect opportunity. We ended up with a cold project that had much more impact than Drake intended or anticipated.

IYRTITL is Drake’s second-best body of work because it’s one of his easiest to play from start to finish, and although it’s evident that part of Drake’s goal with it was to put on banger after banger without giving much thought to transitions or a larger picture, that’s also one of its gifts.

For some, this LP will always be marred by its association with Quentin Miller, but if you’re able to look past his contributions, the 2015 tape is special.

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1. Nothing Was The Same

Coming off of Take Care, there was a transition taking place for Drake. He was turning from ‘the leader of the new guys’ to just one of the top rappers, his idols truly becoming his peers and rivals. He was well aware of the perception that he was the #1 rapper on the planet in 2013, and he owned it, no pun intended.

Nothing Was The Same’s title even alludes to the fact, as does a lot of its content. “Fuck all that ‘happy to be here’ shit that y’all want me on, I’m the big homie,” he acknowledges on ‘Paris Morton Music 2’.

It helped that he was coming off of a fight with Chris Brown, and tension with Kendrick Lamar was already building. ‘The Language’ sees Drake dismiss the Compton MC entirely, singing, “I don’t know why they been lying, but your shit is not that inspiring.” He was stepping up to the plate, unapologetically so.

More than anything, NWTS is the project that it felt like Drake and 40 had been trying to make up until that point. The rapper talked about correcting the mistakes of Take Care where two good songs could have been one song and intentionally capping himself to 13 tracks. It paid off.

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16 of the Best Collab Albums of All Time

When it comes to the best collab albums ever, it’s no easy feat putting a list together. We took a deep look at some of the most legendary albums of all time where artists came together to make magic.

RELATED: The Best Debut Rap Albums of the 2010s

Without further ado, here’s a look at our list — which is in no particular order.

16. Black Star – ‘Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star’ (1998)
Rawkus Entertainment

To kick off our list, we’ve decided to start with Black Star‘s Album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. This project is iconic, and is a phenomenal reference for what the apex of quality in hip-hop looked like at the time of its release, 1998.

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15. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett – ‘Cheek to Cheek’ (2014)
Columbia Records / Sony Music Entertainment / Interscope / UMG

Next up is Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s collaborative project from 2014, Cheek to Cheek. While this project came as a surprise to many (I mean, who would’ve thought, right?), it backed the shock value with real substance.

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14. Jay-Z and Kanye West – ‘Watch the Throne’ (2011)
Roc A Fella / Shawn Carter

Seeing this album at number 14 on our list is your assurance that its in no particular order. While it’s challenging to pick favorites when it comes to albums, Watch the Throne from Jay-Z and Kanye is an undisputed favorite. They made the year 2011 feel like the year 3000, musically speaking.

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13. Drake and Future – ‘What a Time to Be Alive’ (2015)
Cash Money Records

Just as the title of the album states, 2015 really was a time to be alive, especially thanks to Drake and Future’s collaborative album. What a Time to Be Alive is one of the greatest albums of the last decade in hip-hop, and has scored a spot on our list, accordingly.

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12. Gnarls Barkley – ‘St. Elsewhere’ (2006)
Downtown Music / Atlantic Records

Even though they’ve split up since, the iconic duo Gnarls Barkley made some serious waves with their releases at the time. In 2006, they dropped off St. Elsewhere and shocked the world with a new flavor of music.

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11. Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan – ‘Tha Tour Part 1’ (2014)
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When it comes to the evolution of Atlanta hip-hop, you’ve got to give Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan their flowers, respectively. When they linked for a collaborative project in 2014, the result was exactly what you’d expect: pure fire.

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10. Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y – ‘How Fly’ (2009)
Jet Life Recordings / Taylor Gang / Rostrum Records

Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y are two of the most respected rappers in their circles of the music scene (and cannabis scene, of course). In 2009, they changed the course of their careers with their collaborative project, How Fly.

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9. The Carters — ‘EVERYTHING IS LOVE’ (2018)
S.C. Enterprises / Roc Nation

Jay-Z and Beyoncé have built incomparable careers individually, and getting married was news enough. In 2018, they joined forces like never before with a collab album as The Carters, EVERYTHING IS LOVE.

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8. Gunna and Lil Baby – ‘Drip Harder’ (2018)
QC / YSL / 300 Ent / UMG / Motown / Capitol

Gunna and Lil Baby have both come such a long way since their respective humble beginnings. Back in 2018, they blessed fans up with an unforgettable project called Drip Harder. Needless to say, it didn’t disappoint.

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7. Nas and Damian Marley – ‘Distant Relatives’ (2010)
Republic Records / UMG

Nas and Damian Marley are two of the most respected artists in each of their genres. When they came together in 2010, they unveiled a project called Distant Relatives, which to no surprise, made some sizable waves.

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6. 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin – ‘Without Warning’ (2017)
Slaughter Gang Records / Epic Records / Sony Music Entertainment

Another classic project on our list is one from 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin: Without Warning, which dropped back in 2017. This was truly an unforgettable project that had a notable impact on modern music.

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5. MF Doom and Madlib – ‘Madvillainy’ (2004)
Stones Throw Records

MF Doom and Madlib have each built very reputable brands from the start of their careers. In 2004, it was the perfect time to link for an album, and so they did. RIP to MF Doom, you are missed dearly.

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4. Method Man and Redman – ‘Blackout!’ (1999)
The Island Def Jam Music Group

There will rarely be a duo better than Method Man and Redman back in the nineties. Their 1999 collab project, Blackout!, was the most suitable way to end the decade in style.

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3. Kanye West and Kid Cudi – ‘Kids See Ghosts’ (2018)
Def Jam / UMG / Takashi Murakami

Even though they are currently at odds after their recent feud, Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music comrade Kid Cudi joined forces back in 2018 and unveiled a modern classic, Kids See Ghosts. This gave listeners a unique perspective of where their sounds were at during the closing of the 2010’s, and it speaks volumes.

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2. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – ‘Piñata’ (2014)
Madlib Invazion

Madlib is a production legend, as made apparent by his many classic contributions (and his former mentioning in this article alongside MF Doom). Freddie Gibbs was lucky enough to connect with the production great back in 2014, and the result was a clear-cut success. Did we mention Madlib produced their next collab album (Bandana) in its entirety on his iPad?

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1. Jay Electronica & Jay-Z – ‘A Written Testimony’ (2020)
Roc Nation

Even though our list is written in no particular order, it doesn’t feel out of the ordinary to see Jay-Z and Jay Electronica‘s names alongside the number one spot. In 2020, they came together to drop an exciting new album, A Written Testimony. Check it out for yourself, and while you’re at it, dive into the music behind the rest of our list.

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Wait, Who Has the Most Grammys of All-Time?

Today, we take a dive into a prevalent question in the world of music: who has the most Grammys? Though we’ve covered the most decorated rappers from the Grammys and the ceremony’s most notable performances, it’s time we get down to business, and unearth the winningest creatives of all-time in the Grammy-verse.

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The Grammys are one of the most prestigious awards in the music industry. They were first presented in 1959, and since then, they have been awarded annually to musicians in a variety of categories. Over the years, the Grammys have undergone several changes, including the addition of new award categories and the expansion of eligibility criteria. Today, the Grammys are widely considered to be the highest honor that a musician can receive. Past winners include some of the biggest names in music. Every year, the Grammys give us a chance to celebrate the best and brightest in the music industry, highlighting some of the most major accomplishments in this particular creative field.

Being nominated for a Grammy is enough of an honor, forget about winning one. The artists we’re about to put you onto are far beyond that major achievement; one clearly wasn’t enough for them to settle and get comfortable. As difficult as winning a Grammy is, this group of creative masterminds makes it look like a walk in the park. Now, let’s get to it.

10. U2

Total Grammy Wins: 22

First Grammy Win: Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (1987)

At number ten on our list sits the legendary Irish band, U2. This group is the winningest band in Grammy history. Formed in 1976, U2 has come a very long way since their early days. They boast 22 total Grammy wins, and have been nominated for the award over 40 times.

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9. John Williams

Total Grammy Wins: 24

First Grammy Win: Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special (1975)

Ever heard of Jaws? Star Wars? Schindler’s List? Well, of course you have. This legendary composer has scored some of the most timeless movies ever, and has made them all the more memorable with his unbelievable music-making abilities. At number nine on our list is John Williams, with 24 total wins. Is anybody else having flashbacks to the Whitest Kids U’Know skit about this esteemed producer and his easily recognizable works?

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8. Stevie Wonder

Total Grammy Wins: 25

First Grammy Win: Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male (1974)

Stevie Wonder – isn’t he lovely? Well, with 25 Grammy awards to his name, it’s hard to hate on this soulful staple of the music world. He has set a Grammy record by winning five or more awards on three separate nights. Stevie has inspired generations of people, proving that blindness can’t stop him from becoming one of the top 10 winningest musicians in Grammy history.

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7. Vladimir Horowitz

Total Grammy Wins: 25

First Grammy Win: Best Classical Performance – Instrumental Soloist Or Duo (Without Orchestra) (1963)

From the 1960’s to the 1990’s, there wasn’t a decade where Vladimir Horowitz didn’t win a Grammy. Talk about impressive; as time progressively changed the industry around him, Vladimir Horowitz managed to never lose his Midas-touch. This piano-playing virtuoso has five songs in the Grammy Hall of Fame and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award (1990), not to mention the 25 awards that landed him the number 7 spot on our list today.

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6. Pierre Boulez

Total Grammy Wins: 26

First Grammy Win: Album Of The Year, Classical and Best Opera Recording (1967)

Pierre Boulez is yet another musical visionary who’s made their way onto this list for good reason. With 26 Grammy wins to his name, Pierre Boulez has landed himself at number six on our list. This French composer, conductor, and writer lived a long and extraordinary life, up until his passing in 2016. Utilizing the works of Bela Bartók, Claude Debussy, and Alban Berg as a conductor, he made his name more than known to The Recording Academy. A year before his passing, Pierre Boulez was presented The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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5. Chick Corea

Total Grammy Wins: 27

First Grammy Win: Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group (1975)

In the realm of jazz music, Chick Corea is nothing short of a superstar. The jazz mastermind has accumulated 27 total Grammy awards thanks to his notable composition skills. To win 27 Grammys is no easy feat, but for the genre of jazz, it’s damn near impossible. Jazz is one of the most complex genres in existence (if not the most), especially due to the improvisation techniques it entails.

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4. Alison Krauss

Total Grammy Wins: 27

First Grammy Win: Best Bluegrass Recording (1990)

Alison Krauss holds the record for the female country artist with the most Grammys, at 27 total wins. With her backing band, Union Station, she garnered 14 of her 27 wins. You might recognize her song “I’ll Fly Away” or “Same Old Train,” which each bear nearly 30 million streams on Spotify alone. Alison Krauss is a shining example for country artists in the world of The Recording Academy.

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3. Beyoncé

Total Grammy Wins: 28

First Grammy Win: Best R&B Song (2001)

Queen Bey is no stranger to the Grammy stage, and in fact, she’s the winningest female act in Grammy history. She’s also actually tied for the most wins in one night for a female act (tied with Adele at 6). As if her amount of wins isn’t impressive enough, Beyoncé has been nominated for 79 Grammy awards. That’s right… 79. Let’s not pretend for a second that this is normal by any means.

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2. Quincy Jones (28)

Total Grammy Wins: 28

First Grammy Win: Best Original Jazz Composition (1963)

Quincy Jones had his hand in some of the most incredible works of musical art in the late 20th century. Thus, that’s how the brilliant musical mind has made his way to number two on our list, with 28 total Grammy wins. Did we mention he’s one of only 15 artists to be awarded the Grammy Legend Award? Quincy Jones played a crucial role in Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, amongst many other notable works. To say he’s a music great would still somehow be an understatement for this generational talent.

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1. Sir Georg Solti

Total Grammy Wins: 31

First Grammy Win: Best Opera Recording (1962)

At the number one spot on this list is the late conductor, Sir Georg Solti, with 31 Grammy wins overall. This is arguably the most impressive feat in music. In 1962, he grabbed his first Grammy award: Best Opera Recording for his rendition of Verdi’s Aida. Though he passed away in 1997, Sir Georg Solti’s legacy will live on forever. It’ll be interesting in years to come to watch as artists try to dethrone Sir Georg Solti and his record of 31 Grammy wins; at this point, if anyone could do it, it’d likely be Beyoncé.

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The Best Music Festivals to Attend in the US

The best music festivals are like no other type of event in the world. There’s something special about the sheer volume and energy of the crowds that are attracted to these massive gatherings. Today, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best music festivals you need to consider attending in the remainder of the year. While many of the festivals are yet to release the specifics for their 2023 events, we’ve featured their 2022 productions and any other details that have emerged.

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1. Pitchfork Music Festival (July 15-17)
Pitchfork

Location: Chicago, IL

Featuring: Earl Sweatshirt, Toro y Moi, The Roots

Known for the sophistication of their music taste, Pitchfork tends to deliver. Their festival is just as tightly curated as their blog, which has become a staple in the music community. This year’s event includes some impressive headliners, as well as up-and-comers worth noting.

2. Lollapalooza (July 28-31)
Lollapalooza

Location: Chicago, IL

Featuring: Metallica, Green Day, Lil Baby

Lollapalooza: the name says it all. Every year since 1991, Lollapalooza has presented a spectacular show in Chicago. In the time since, they’ve expanded to other countries and have developed a major reputation for quality entertainment. The Chicago festival is a classic, and it seems like they’ve got this year’s in the bag.

3. Newport Jazz Festival (July 29-31)
Newport Jazz Festival

Location: Newport, RI

Featuring: BADBADNOTGOOD, Norah Jones

Jazz has been making a pretty large resurgence in recent years, especially in recent months. I mean, a few weeks ago my 18 year-old brother put me onto a Miles Davis song that he found on TikTok. That says quite a lot. The Newport Jazz Festival is a special one; it’s been running since 1954. They’ve got an abundance of talent and a history of delivering.

4. Outside Lands (August 5-8)
Outside Lands

Location: San Francisco, CA

Featuring: Kali Uchis, Post Malone, SZA

San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, and Outside Lands‘ lineup has one of the most beautiful lineups we’ve seen this year. With underground talent and headliners to entertain concert-goers, they’ve got just about every slice of music you could want.

5. This Ain’t No Picnic (August 27-28)
This Ain’t No Picnic

Location: Pasadena, CA

Featuring: Tems, Mac Demarco, Isaiah Rashad

It’s a crime that Tems’ name isn’t at the very top of the list after the year she’s been having, but that’s just about the only critique we could have of This Ain’t No Picnic. Their cup runneth with talent: Kaytranada, The Strokes, Earl Sweatshirt, LCD Soundsystem, Le Tigre, Beach House, and even underground gems like Junior Varsity and Brandon.

6. Day N Vegas (September 2-4)
Day N Vegas

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Featuring: Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, Trippie Redd

Day N Vegas is one of the most well-curated festivals we’ve seen in recent times. Their lineup is so good, even the smallest sized font on the bill is used for acts who most people know. Day N Vegas is surely a standout for the remainder of the year.

7. Made in America (September 3-4)
Made in America

Location: Philadephia, PA

Featuring: Bad Bunny, Tyler, the Creator, Lil Uzi Vert

Jay-Z‘s Made in America festival is one of the most reputable festivals in the United States. At the start of September, as summer is nearing its end, you can catch some world-famous talent in Philadelphia. This year’s lineup includes Kodak Black and Burna Boy (as well as the featured acts we mentioned above).

8. Rolling Loud Toronto (September 9-11)
Rolling Loud Toronto

Location: Toronto, Ontario (also in Miami, NYC, Portugal, San Francisco, and more)

Featuring: Future, Dave, Lil Yachty

Rolling Loud has built a superior reputation after starting from small shows in Florida. It is hip-hop’s premier festival, and the Toronto event is the only show they throw in Canada. This year’s lineup is absolutely insane; this has become the standard set by Rolling Loud.

9. High Ground Music Festival (September 10-11)
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Location: Denver, CO

Featuring: TroyBoi, CHROMEO, Tokimonsta

Electronic music fans, this one’s for you. High Ground Music Festival takes place at Denver Polo Club, and is heavily geared towards the biggest Electronic fans. With some of the most highly regarded names in the genre making appearances, this one should be marked in your calendar for years to come. Outside of the names listed above, some of the most notable talent includes Shallou, Elohim, Slenderbodies, and Aluna (of Aluna George).

10. Primavera Sound L.A. (September 16-18)
Primavera Sound L.A.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Featuring: Clairo, Arctic Monkeys, PinkPantheress

In addition to the majorly impressive headliners mentioned above, if you’re planning on going to Primavera Sound L.A., then you should expect to see Khruangbin, King Krule, Lorde, James Blake, Tierra Whack, and Stereolab as well. For indie music lovers, this is your go-to stop on our list.

11. Firefly Music Festival (September 22-25)
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Location: Dover, DE

Featuring: T-Pain, Isaiah Rashad, Dua Lipa, Green Day

Music festival fans are mostly aware of this four-day banger at the Dover Motor Speedway in Delaware. This year’s festivities mark the ten-year anniversary of Firefly, and they came to show out. The lineup is beautifully curated, catering to all sorts of music tastes. In addition to the names mentioned above, the festival welcomed Weezer, Jungle, Porter Robinson, and Bakar, to name a few.

12. Austin City Limits (October 7-9, 14-16)
Austin City Limits

Location: Austin, TX

Featuring: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flume, Lil Durk

Last but not least is Austin City Limits, which is set to take place at the very start of fall in October. Omar Apollo, Oliver Tree, Lucky Daye, BIA, Benee, and The Marias are some of the many talented stars who are slated to perform at this year’s festival. There’s so much upper-echelon talent, they used one font size throughout the whole bill.

13. AFROPUNK (September 10-11)
AFROPUNK

Location: Brooklyn, NY (as well as Atlanta, Minneapolis)

Featuring: The Roots, Burna Boy, Isaiah Rashad, Lucky Daye, Freddie Gibbs, Tierra Whack, Earl Sweatshirt, Mick Jenkins, BbyMutha

AFROPUNK was created back in 2005 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and in the time since, has put a heavy focus on providing platforms for black artists, both big and small. The festival’s curation has always been on point, and has somehow only managed to improve over time. As of 2022, their lineup once again featured some of the most popular names amongst the culture: The Roots, Burna Boy, Freddie Gibbs, Tierra Whack, Earl Sweatshirt, and more.

14. Bonnaroo (June 16-19)
Bonnaroo

Location: Manchester, TN

Featuring: Gryffin, Blu DeTiger, J. Cole, Isaiah Rashad, Disclosure, Illenium, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Still Woozy, 21 Savage, 100 Gecs

As they always have, Bonnaroo came through with a seamless production for 2022. This past year’s lineup featured the likes of 21 Savage, Disclosure, Arlo Parks, Weather Station, J. Cole, Machine Gun Kelly, and Stevie Nicks, just to name a few. As this upcoming year’s festivities approach, fans are anxiously awaiting another successful production featuring Gryffin, Blu DeTiger, J. Cole, Isaiah Rashad, Disclosure (yes, again), Illenium, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Still Woozy, and 100 Gecs. Talk about an ability to curate. Bonnaroo knows exactly what’s going on, and gives fans their fill accordingly.

15. Desert Daze (September 30 – October 2)
Desert Daze

Location: Lake Perris, CA

Featuring: Tame Impala, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Beach House, BADBADNOTGOOD, The Marías, JPEGMAFIA, Men I Trust, Babe Rainbow

Desert Daze is a festival that was founded by talent director Phil Pirrone back in 2012, as he was hoping to throw a festival in block-party format. In the ten years since, the festival has endured quite a steady burst of growth. As of this year, their lineup stood tall compared to their copious amount of competitors, featuring artists like Tame Impala, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Beach House, BADBADNOTGOOD, The Marías, JPEGMAFIA, Men I Trust, Babe Rainbow, and many, many more. It’s always impressive seeing a relatively new name in the festival mix, especially when they’re building a reputation of quality and quantity at the same time. Desert Daze has come a long way since their start in 2012, and is ready to compete with the best of the best in the festival game at this point.

Conclusion

That sums it up for our list of the best music festivals to check out for this upcoming year. Take a good look at each festival and its respective lineup, and take your pick! You can’t go wrong with any of these choices.

And if you’re looking to get familiar with some of the up-and-coming underground acts in the music scene, check out our Curiously Curated series. Before you know it, they’ll be on this tier of festival lineups, and then, some are sure to be eventually headlining. There’s not many better feelings than being early on talent (and festivals, too, for that matter).

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15 Best DaBaby Features, Ranked

Finding the best DaBaby features is a pretty time-consuming activity, so we decided it’d only be right if we made it even easier for you. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the best features from the North Carolina artist, going down the list from number 15 to number 1.

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So without further ado, as DaBaby would say, LET’S GOOOOOO.

15. Blacc Zacc – “Tuesday (feat. DaBaby)” (2019)
Interscope Records

Over the years, we’ve heard way more than fifteen features from DaBaby. “Tuesday” with Blacc Zacc managed to make the cut for today’s list, and for good reason.

Notable Lyrics: “And I don’t give a fuck if it was just a couple hundred
I’m still gon’ need my motherfuckin’ money (Still gon’ need my motherfuckin’ money)”

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14. Young T & Bugsey – “Don’t Rush (feat. DaBaby) – Remix” (2020)
Black Butter Limited

In 2020, the Nottingham, UK duo Young T & Bugsey dropped off quite the memorable song with DaBaby, at a time when he was one of the hottest feature options on the market. “Don’t Rush” is one of their best, and in part, thanks to DaBaby. He wasn’t the only one to get on a remix for this record, but nonetheless, this one stood out.

Notable Lyrics: “Don’t rush, take your time with it
I pull up Lamborghini with the dime in it

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13. Rich The Kid – “Laughin (feat. DaBaby)” (2021)
Rich Forever Music / EMPIRE

DaBaby played a role on Rich The Kid’s 2021 album, Lucky 7, with his feature for “Laughin.” This song is a top contender on a project packed with features from notable talents.

Notable Lyrics: “Diamonds on me dancin’, they dancin’ like a TikTok”

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12. Trippie Redd – “Death (feat. DaBaby)” (2019)
10k Projects

When DaBaby and Trippie Redd link up for a record, you know something special is bound to come from it. On this particular song, the two each gave fans some of their best at a time when they were two of the most talked-about artists in the world.

Notable Lyrics: “Look at a pic right now and the pic back then
It’s not the same pic, I’m with the same clique
I’m with Trippie Redd (Yeah)”

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11. YoungBoy Never Broke Again – “Thug of Spades (feat. DaBaby)” (2020)
Atlantic Records

NBA Youngboy has been absolutely dominating the charts for a while now, and in 2020, he enlisted the help of DaBaby for one of his seemingly countless releases. The aggressive styles of both artists is a perfect fit, as DaBaby surely noted, considering his several songs which feature the likes of Youngboy.

Notable Lyrics: “They say I’m remindin’ n*ggas of Pac
Keep playin’ around on that camera phone, they gon’ find a n*gga he shot”

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10. Finesse2tymes – “Luv N Hip-Hop (feat. DaBaby)” (2022)
Atlantic Records

We recently covered Finesse2tymes, highlighting his major come-up since he was released from jail. He’s put his head down and straight grinded ever since. Within that particular string of releases is a gem with DaBaby, called “Luv N Hip-Hop.”

Notable Lyrics: “She wanna love on a rapper
What she think, this love and hip hop?
I’m in this bitch with a big Glock
By myself with this big pretty wristwatch”

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9. OHGEESY – “Get Fly (feat. DaBaby)” (2021)
Atlantic Records

OHGEESY is arguably the most popular member of Shoreline Mafia, and since the group’s massive entrance to the hip-hop scene, he’s developed quite an impressive solo career. Within his collection of top songs is “Get Fly,” which features DaBaby. Check it out for yourself.

Notable Lyrics: “How you get the money to pay for studios way back then? (How you do that there?)
Caught the boxes from the mailman (Go)”

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8. 24kGoldn – “Coco (feat. DaBaby)” (2020)
Records Label, LLC / Columbia

24kGoldn has made a habit of hit-making over the years, and in that time, he connected with DaBaby for one of his best: “Coco.” This song was all over TikTok, which then dispersed across other platforms. Lo and behold: a hit from 24kGoldn and DaBaby.

Notable Lyrics: “Gettin’ to know me right now is highly unlikely
‘Cause I still remember the days when people like you ain’t like me, bitch”

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7. Quality Control – “Pink Toes (feat. Offset, DaBaby, and Gunna)” (2019)
Quality Control / UMG Recordings

In 2019, Quality Control (also known as QC) unveiled a mega-project featuring some of the biggest names in the business. One of the project’s standouts was “Pink Toes,” which included Offset, DaBaby, and Gunna.

Notable Lyrics: “I’m DaBaby, but your baby daddy really wanna be me (Ah)
Tryna bite the move, he always watch me on your TV”

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6. Future – “Life Is Good (feat. Drake, DaBaby, and Lil Baby) – Remix” (2020)
Epic Records / Sony Music Entertainment

Any Future song that has been released is an addictive glance into the artist’s one-of-a-kind lifestyle. His “Life Is Good” record with Drake just so happens to be one of his best. On this particular remix, he enlisted the help of DaBaby and Lil Baby, on the heels of the collab they had in 2019 (which we’ll mention next). It ended up being one of the best DaBaby features ever.

Notable Lyrics: “You know how they do when you poppin’
You know Baby can’t do all that talkin'”

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5. Quality Control – Baby (feat. Lil Baby and DaBaby)” (2019)
Quality Control / UMG Recordings

Now that we’ve made our way into the top 5, it gets serious. There’s some crazy competition amongst these spots. As mentioned on our number 6 spot, this DaBaby and Lil Baby collab has made its way onto our list at number 5.

Notable Lyrics: “The label’s CEO keep beggin’ me to keep the gun up
They know, you play with Baby, Baby beat him, cut up”

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4. SpotemGottem – “Beat Box 3 (feat. DaBaby)” (2021)
Rebel / Geffen Records

SpotemGottem is highly underrated. I’ll say it again: SpotemGottem is highly underrated. This song in particular is his most well known, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t check out the rest of his catalog. On the third remix of his “Beat Box” series which went viral on TikTok, DaBaby came in to offer even more buzz for the record.

Notable Lyrics: “I was the man with the plan since a shawty, pull up to the Grammy Awards with my .40”

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3. Pop Smoke – “For The Night (feat. Lil Baby and DaBaby)” (2020)
Victor Victor / Republic Records / UMG Recordings

On Pop Smoke’s posthumous album Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, there was a lot of dissonance in the community about if he would’ve planned on dropping these particular feature-heavy songs himself. However, this one with DaBaby and DaBaby was hard to disagree on. Of all the best DaBaby features, this is a clear standout.

Rest in peace to Pop Smoke. You are missed dearly.

Notable Lyrics: “I’m livin like Thriller, I only come out at the night time”

2. Lil Yachty – “Oprah’s Bank Account (feat. Drake and DaBaby)” (2020)
Quality Control / UMG Recordings

At number two, we have one of DaBaby’s most memorable songs of all-time, “Oprah’s Bank Account.” With Drake and Lil Yachty as your comrades on a song like this, it’s hard to miss. This song had a promo run that you’d probably expect with any Drake song at this point, which is a compliment, not a knock. Seriously, all around this one was hard to miss in 2020.

Notable Lyrics: “I ain’t mad at ’em, baby (Let’s go)
If I seen’t you out, me too would be up on you crazy (Let’s go)

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1. Dreamville – “Under The Sun (feat. J. Cole, Lute, and DaBaby)” (2019)
Dreamville / Interscope Records

At the number one spot on our list for the best DaBaby features is “Under The Sun” from Dreamville’s project Revenge Of The Dreamers III. This song in particular made DaBaby shine even harder at a time when he was already blowing up everywhere. J. Cole and DaBaby was a perfect combo that we would have never guessed ourselves. It actually ended up being the very first song on the album.

Notable Lyrics: “I just put diamonds on all of my teeth, now they probably think I ain’t intelligent. In the homicide unit interrogation, asking questions, you know I ain’t tell ’em shit. Bitches call me a jock, all-American. I’m at the top of my class with my lettermen

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NFT

What Are the Best Music NFT Projects?

Today, we’re gonna be taking a look at some of the best music NFT projects out right now. At this point in time, web3 has completely altered the trajectory of the music industry, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Based on our own research across OpenSea and other essential resources like Water & Music, we were able to discern some very notable projects from the pack.

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This is not to say go out and buy these NFTs, we’re more so looking to highlight some of the standout projects. Remember, in the web3 world, things are ever-changing, so we’ll be updating our list as time goes on. All of the statistics featured are as of November 14, 2022. Without further ado, here’s our list (in no particular order).

1. SAN Origin
OpenSea

Items: 10,000

Creation Date: September 2022

Chain: Ethereum

Hailing from the SAN music ecosystem, SAN Origin is one of the top trending music NFTs on OpenSea, and for good reason. In order to understand the NFT, you have to understand the body behind it, SAN Sound.

According to their website, SAN is “a music-centric ecosystem dedicated to transforming access and experiences for independent musicians and their fans.” They essentially take the sophisticated areas of technology and use it to help artists of all kinds build.

Their NFTs can either be traded or “Soulbound” after minting, which gives the minter indefinite access to the ecosystem. This ecosystem is geared to solve many issues, like educating artists on building their brands (especially in web3), offering artists ways to understand the data behind their content, and even helping artists to get more exposure for their creations. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Click here to see the project.

2. KINGSHIP
OpenSea

Items: 5,000

Creation Date: May 2022

Chain: Ethereum

KINGSHIP is an interesting NFT project, that seems beyond obvious. Consisting of three Bored Apes and a Mutant Ape, this “musical group,” so to speak, is signed to Universal Music Group’s 10:22pm imprint, and they were the first to make such a project with Bored Apes.

If you were to check out the KINGSHIP site, you’d come across the storytelling aspect of this very interesting project. The in-depth anecdote follows the artists on their path to greatness, dating back to their earliest days together at Really High School. In addition to the vivid storytelling that supplements this interesting project, they’ve garnered a brand partnership with M&M’s, which is presumably the first of many. The project also has included the likes of Hit-Boy and James Fauntleroy, appropriately embedding them into the cunning storyline.

So far, the KINGSHIP story has four chapters, New Beginning, Rider, New “Music” Trait, and Kurt the Roadie. Any of the 5,000 tokens provide “access to music, exclusive content, utility, community, and token-gated experiences over time.” In addition to their primary tokens, people have the option to buy tokens for their respective characters like Kurt the Roadie.

Click here to see the project.

3. PIXELATED by Sammy Arriaga
OpenSea

Items: 4,000

Creation Date: June 2022

Chain: Ethereum

Sammy Arriaga is no stranger to the ONE37pm pages. As the headline of our previous article featuring Sammy states, he’s no ordinary country music star. To emphasize that point even more, we’re about to take a deeper look at his web3 ventures.

PIXELATED by Sammy Arriaga is just one of his projects, but it’s made its way into this piece for its recent relative high performance. The project is essentially one of the artist’s songs, structured into 4,000 unique NFTs with 150 unique characteristics mixed between PFPs (profile pictures). There are 12 different versions of the song, which all are exclusively dropped through this medium. Between the 12 song versions and 150 design features, each of the 4,000 items is made to be characteristically different.

Some of Sammy’s other notable projects include METAGIRL by Sammy Arriaga, Pulse Pass by Sammy Arriaga, THE Airdrops by Sammy Arriaga, and Sammy Arriaga – The Singles.

Click here to see the project.

4. Snoop Dogg – B.O.D.R
OpenSea

Items: 32

Creation Date: February 2022

Chain: Ethereum

Snoop Dogg’s B.O.D.R album (Born on Death Row) was made particularly for web3, and at this point it’s clear why. The project has pulled in 901 ETH, which in today’s exchange rate (1 ETH to 1,234 USD) totals out to a little over 1 million dollars.

Backed by Gala Music and Snoop (obviously), this project was set to thrive from the start. Snoop has over two decades of music industry experience and performance experience, so he knows exactly what he’s doing at this point. This project (and the other Snoop-backed projects) are a shining example of web3 success to up-and-coming artists. This really goes to show how successful an endeavor like this can be, and how much more favorable it is compared to the traditional music industry route of shamelessly pursuing label deals. Did we mention the album features the likes of Nas, T.I., DaBaby, Nate Dogg, Uncle Murda, Wiz Khalifa, and Lil Duval? This is Snoop’s third album under Death Row, but his first album as the acting owner of the entity.

Click here to see the project.

5. The Orbs by BT
OpenSea

Items: 3,333

Creation Date: February 2022

Chain: Ethereum

The Orbs by BT is yet another project backed by Gala Music. This one has separated itself from the pack with its unique approach to the content delivered. As described by themselves in their OpenSea bio, “The Orbs, created by BT, are a collection of 3,333 live animated, three dimensional objects, terrains, skies and stars with audio reactive animation, camera movement, lighting and surface textures. The music itself, including live synthesis and sequencing is generated in real time living with permanence on the blockchain.

In its first 9 months, the project has accumulated 2,591 ETH in total volume on OpenSea, which as of today (11/14), roughly equates to over 3 million dollars.

Click here to see the project.

6. WVRPS by WarpSound (Official)
OpenSea

Items: 9,999

Creation Date: January 2022

Chain: Ethereum

WVRPS by WarpSound has made its way onto our list today thanks to its proven track record on OpenSea. Here’s the basic rundown: WVRPS is the first collection of PFP and AI-generated music NFTs minted on the Ethereum blockchain.

The mission behind this project is somewhat questionable in the music community (regarding the automated aspects of this project, which replace the role of creatives), but regardless, the project seems to be loved dearly. With 6,152 ETH in total volume on OpenSea, the project has generated roughly over 7.5 million USD (as of 11/14).

Click here to see the project.

7. Moonshot by Violetta Zironi
OpenSea

Items: 2,500

Creation Date: April 2022

Chain: Ethereum

Of all the projects we’re highlighting, Moonshot by Violetta Zironi is an interesting project in particular. Based on 5 songs written by Violetta, Moonshot features 2,500 hand-drawn pieces from her father.

So far the project has roughly 850 owners of its corresponding NFTs, with 167 ETH in total volume so far. The hyper-personal feel to this collection of NFTs is what separates it from its competition on OpenSea.

Click here to see the project.

8. Hume Genesis
OpenSea

Items: 1,035

Creation Date: July 2022

Chain: Ethereum

Created in July of 2022, Hume Genesis is an NFT project which plays on the notion of the future. The project sets its story in the year 3045, and fills this story with futuristic Sci-Fi elements, which in many ways feel real. Hume aims to “build an open metaverse, free from the tyranny of the Xani Republic.”

Hume Genesis NFTs come in three tiers, and all holders are granted access to the Hume Collective. The tiers obviously create some sort of discernment in rank and access within the collective, but everyone who is a holder has the same relative motive: being a member of the collective, and having a hand in building out the careers of the “metastars.” These metastars are artists created by Hume, which are rolled out in NFT form. The first of these characters is angelbaby.

Click here to see the project.

9. Reo Cragun: Frameworks
OpenSea

Items: 333

Creation Date: September 2022

Chain: Ethereum

Frameworks is yet another project worth highlighting. This audiovisual project is in partnership with both Sound.xyz and Bonfire.

Frameworks has been the first to utilize Sound Protocol and be hosted on sound.xyz and reocragun.xyz at the same time. The project also claims to be the first of its kind to “have 5 golden eggs under one contract.”

The project of 333 NFTs features 5 songs, and has drawn in over 24 ETH so far. Though this number doesn’t quite stack up to some of the projects mentioned, it’s worth noting that it’s only two months old at this point. It’s been trending on OpenSea’s music category, and now we see why.

Click here to see the project.

10. FiFi Rong Music NFTs
OpenSea

Items: 41

Creation Date: June 2021

Chain: Ethereum

FiFi Rong Music NFTs is a project that kept popping up on OpenSea’s music charts. If you happened to notice the date in the stats section, you probably noted that this artist was pretty early for the music space on OpenSea, especially compared to our other mentions in this piece.

To understand the project, you must understand the artist behind it. Fifi Rong is an avant-pop artist who calls the UK home. She was born in China, and the country’s culture has a home within her brand. FiFi Rong has appeal to many demographics of people, and has made her way onto our list as a shining example of exactly what underground artists should be aiming to do. The power of web3 is helping up-and-coming talent make a full-time career all the more feasible without any particular corporate backing.

Click here to see the project.

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Music

YSL Rapper BSlime Set to Unveil New Album, ‘Love Me or Don’t’

BSlime is a rapper signed to YSL (Young Stoner Life Records) who has set a very sturdy foundation for the next chapter of his career. Based on what we heard in our interview yesterday, that next chapter sounds like it starts with the release of his upcoming project, Love Me or Don’t.

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@1bslime_ (IG)

In our interview, we discussed a breadth of topics, from the new sound he’s introducing with Love Me or Don’t to his close-knit relationship with the late Lil Keed, and much more, BSlime explained a lot to us.

If you didn’t already know, BSlime is Young Thug’s nephew, and goes way back with many of your favorite rappers. He’s built for rap success, and his excitement about his upcoming project was contagious. In the last three months, BSlime’s Spotify monthly listeners have gone up 35.2k (101.9%) and his Instagram following has grown by 12.2k (12.64%).

BSlime is a YSL young gun, whose skill, dedication to growth, and principles have put him in an advantageous position. If you were to take a look at his Spotify, you’d notice some impressive feats: millions of total streams across his music, as well as features alongside Future, Don Toliver, Young Thug, Lil Keed, and many more iconic acts.

BSlime

I think I got an old soul, to be honest.

BSlime shared with us how he believes he has an old soul, proven by his dedication to bumping old R&B classics and akin old-school Atlanta hits. Considering his listening habits and his focus on unveiling his new sound, you have to wonder: what is this new sound going to be like?

On the topic of rap pioneer Lil Keed (may he rest in peace), BSlime shared just how close the two were before his tragic passing. As it turns out, BSlime and Keed were as close as can be; they were best friends way before the fame. This special friendship would only grow as time went on, and now, BSlime honors his memory every day. This was made readily apparent with the enormous Keed chain that BSlime sported to the office. It’s safe to say Keed would be proud of where BSlime is at now, and where he’s headed.

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We’ve been familiar with BSlime for a while now, but if you haven’t, be sure to take a look at the first single off his upcoming project, Love Me or Don’t, featuring Persona Jackson. The song was released at the end of October, and is already nearing 100k streams on Spotify alone. From what we were told yesterday, it seems like we should expect the project to be released within the next few weeks.

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Music

21 Savage’s Net Worth: How Much Has He Racked Up?

“21 Savage net worth” has been a trending Google search, and for good reason. 21 Savage is one of the most popular rappers in the game right now, especially on the heels of Her Loss, his collaborative album with the 6 God himself, Drake. With a reported net worth of somewhere between $12 million and $15 million, 21 Savage is adding to the pile as you’re reading this right now.

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21 Savage’s Early Life

21 Savage was born in London and moved to Atlanta at the age of 7 with his mother. Many don’t know he’s actually cousins with fellow prominent rapper Young Nudy.

21 Savage Career

21 Savage first burst onto the scene with mixtapes such as The Slaughter Tape (2015), Free Guwop (2015) and underground dominance. In 2016, he dropped off his classic collaborative EP with Metro Boomin, Savage Mode. A year later, he followed up with his debut album, Issa Album. The 2017 project peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and featured the hit song, “Bank Account.”

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On Halloween 2017, Savage, Metro and Migos’ member Offset blessed fans with the collaborative tape, Without Warning. 21 followed that strong display up with his sophomore album i am > i was in 2018. 21’s second album housed contributions from Travis Scott, Childish Gambino, Post Malone, City Girls and others. It also was awarded a Grammy for the J. Cole-assisted single, “A Lot.”

In 2020, 21 and Metro Boomin unveiled the second edition of their Savage Mode series with Savage Mode II. Featuring appearances from Morgan Freeman, Drake, Young Thug and Young Nudy, Savage Mode II became 21 Savage’s second album to land at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts.

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This takes us to his most recent album, Her Loss, which just dropped on November 4th. The collab album with Drake became 21’s third No. 1 album. The chart-topping project moved 404,000 album equivalent units in its opening week.

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21 Savage’s rise to fame is largely due to his ear for melody and his knack for making catchy hooks. But it’s also due to his work ethic; since breaking onto the scene in 2016, 21 Savage has done “a lot” (catch the pun?). He’s also been featured on songs with some of the biggest names in rap, including Drake, Cardi B, and Post Malone. In case you can’t tell, 21 Savage has been grinding non-stop since he first hit the mainstream.

As of November 11, 2022, 21 Savage’s list of accolades looks something like this: he made the Forbes Music 30 for 30 list in 2019, he went platinum by the RIAA for i am > i was and Issa Album (not to mention his 17 platinum single certifications), he hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with two separate songs, along with 63 entries and ten top 10 entries. Additionally, he’s had two number one albums on the Billboard 200 chart, with five overall, and four top 10 entries.

What Is 21 Savage’s Net Worth?

Of course, all that hard work has paid off handsomely. According to Celebrity Net Worth, 21 Savage is currently worth an estimated $12 million. That might not seem like a lot compared to some of the other rappers out there (Drake, for example, is worth an estimated $150 million), but it’s still a pretty penny. Thanks to his ability, ear for music, business acumen, and work ethic, 21 Savage has managed to amass a fortune of $12 million.

You might be wondering how exactly 21 came to possess this notable amount of money. Well, here’s a breakdown of how his wealth came to be. Firstly, 21 Savage owns 100% all of his masters under his contract with Sony’s Epic Records. This it not a typical happenstance in hip-hop, or music in general, for that matter. This means he’s collecting money from every utilization of his song, and all of it. Additionally, he added in an interview that he’s the main breadwinner of the partnership in his 70/30 deal with Epic Records.

21 Savage’s Live Performances

Now, onto the most prominent money-maker in music: booking. For ages, booking has been artists’ go-to for bringing in revenue, and this is one of 21 Savage’s top-performing areas (no pun intended). He’s been touring like a madman ever since 2016. He’s done tours with other artists like Lil Uzi Vert, J. Cole, Young Thug, Metro Boomin, Gucci Mane, and even brands like Worldstar and Monster Energy.

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Other Ventures

That appropriately segues to our next area of discussion: brand partnerships. 21 has worked with brands like PlayStation, SNIPES, RtA, and many other noteworthy names with similar reputations. This is yet another example of how the rapper has turned his music into a much bigger business for himself. Additionally, he’s invested his money wisely into Sound.xyz, a web3 platform dedicated to helping artists with funding.

21 Savage and Drake were just hit with a lawsuit from the publisher of Vogue Magazine, Condé Nast, for using the Vogue brand as a part of their faux press run to promote Her Loss. Hopefully, this won’t alter 21’s financial standing for the worse. They had to be considering that this would happen, right?

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Get Familiar With SleazyWorld Go and His Robust Rap Career

Yesterday, we caught up with SleazyWorld Go in an interview at the ONE37pm office in New York City. The rapper shared a lot with us, including the reasoning behind the title of his new project, his roots, linking with G Herbo, and what his bright future is looking like specifically.

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When we asked about the inspiration behind his project, SleazyWorld Go had this to say:

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I mean, my son, he inspires all of my music. My kids, they inspire all of my music. It’s really about being 100 though, and having a chip on my shoulder. Coming from where I’m coming from, people really don’t make it. We’ve got the odds stacked against us.

This gave plenty of insight into the fire that fuels his upwards journey in the music scene. The rapper has been dropping music since 2020, and went his first two consecutive years dropping music without any features, making his breadth of talent abundantly clear.

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SleazyWorld Go hit it big when he dropped “Sleazy Flow” in 2021, which currently boasts over 36 million streams on Spotify. Shortly after, the Michigan-born artist dropped a string of singles, “Baghdad Flow,” “What They Gon Do,” and “Let Me Talk My Shit, Part 3,” all of which helped to continue cementing his impending come-up. After these, SleazyWorld Go dropped off a remix to his “Sleazy Flow” record, featuring none other than Lil Baby. This record now has over 51 million streams on Spotify, not to mention a similar level of numbers on other platforms.

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To follow up this massive song, SleazyWorld Go released another star-backed hit “Step 1,” which is nearing 20 million streams on Spotify. From strategy to network and execution, SleazyWorld Go is demonstrating he’s got every necessary piece of the puzzle in his career. Only thing to do now is continue going up. Check out his latest single (and video) with G Herbo below. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for his brand new album on Friday, called Where The Shooters Be. From what we gauged in our interview, the 21-track album is set to be his best yet.

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