December 06, 2013 via Pepsi
10 Unlikely Musical Co-Signs
A co-sign is when two artists join together, whether it be a musical collaboration or one artist supporting another. The connections can range from hip-hop gods like Jay Z showing support for booming indie groups like Grizzly Bear, or goth rocker Marilyn Manson joining up with his polar opposite and new best friend, Gucci Mane. Even if the pair is contradictory to our expectation, the results can still be awesome. Check out our list of the top 10 unlikely musical co-signs.
1. Diddy and Deerhunter
Who would have thought that hip-hop icon, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, would be a big enough fan of electro-indie band, Deerhunter, to present at Fader Fort in Brooklyn on October 20th during CMJ week. The mogul supposedly showed up unannounced and stayed to interview the band for his new startup, Revolt.tv. He acknowledges the randomness of his appearance and praises the band, claiming they’re about to “blow through the stratosphere.” Quite the introduction.
2. Nelly and Tim McGraw
Remember 2004, when St. Louis rapper, Nelly, and country music star Tim McGraw collaborated on “Over and Over Again.” The mesmerizing love song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, not to mention topping international charts as well. Although Nelly signifies his role in hip-hop by clearly stating he is not a country artist, he shows his respect for working with McGraw and his love for country. He loves making “people like what they [wouldn’t] think that they would like” – mission accomplished.
3. Danny Brown and Love
Uniquely cool Detroit rapper Danny Brown told Complex Mag earlier this month that his no. 1 favorite album is Forever Changing by '70s rock band “Love.” He claims a friend introduced the band to him, and the infatuation grew from a need for research, developing a connection to the history of the band and the artists. Considering Brown’s crazy antics and wild lyrics, it’s a definite surprise that the soft sounds of “Love” would inspire him. Brown has expressed his love for the band’s front man, Arthur Lee, and would even want to play him in a movie about the creation of the album.
4. Timbaland and Kat Dahlia
When hip-hop producer and rapper, Timbaland, first heart Kat Dahlia’s hit “Gangsta” back in May of 2013, he pegged her as this generation’s Nina Simone. With her raspy voice and soulful Miami style, Kat Dahlia is definitely someone to watch. In an interview with Fuse, Dahlia raves about working with Timbaland, whom she calls a genius. She is going to be featured on multiple tracks on his upcoming album, as well. The duo has some great chemistry!
5. Pharrell and Miley Cyrus
Pharrell was a creative counterpart in Miley's reinvention, being called her "Big bro" since the end of 2012. It’s hard to believe that song-writer, producer, rapper, and fashion designer Pharrell Williams is behind one of the craziest creative transitions of this year, Ms. Miley Cyrus. Now referred to as “Big bro P” by the pop star, Pharrell has backed Miley’s movement from the beginning. They met before the making of Bangerz even started, and P was there to back her up every step of the way. He continues to defend her antics and support whatever is coming up next from Miley.
6. Gucci Mane and Marilyn Manson
After working on a song together Goth Rocker, Marilyn Manson and rapper, Gucci Mane have sparked a budding friendship. According to Gucci, Manson has actually been writing rap verses, saying “that’s my boy, man … he’s cool as hell.” Is Manson transitioning into rap? Probably not. But fans are excited for what’s to come.
7. Jay Z and Grizzly Bear
Jay Z says Grizzly Bear and other indie artists are going to take over the music scene. When Grizzly Bear perform in Brooklyn back in September of 2009, Jay Z rocked out with his wifey and her younger sister, Solange in the crowd. HOV explains that after the hip-hop takeover with the music industry, there has to be something coming up next. He claims the indie rock scene is what’s coming next and talks wildly about his support for the band and the power of this musical genre.
8. Rick Ross and Lorde
16 year-old singer song-writer, Lorde, has blown up the music scene with her new hit “Royals.” The song pokes fun at the saturation of “gold teeth, grey goose…Cadillacs… Maybachs” in music and music video culture. Rick Ross, the head honcho of the Maybach Music Group caught wind of it, and instead of being upset he decided to put his own spin on it. Now Lore ironically has a Maybach (remix) of "Royals" released on October 22nd, with Ricky complementing her incredible voice and hard hitting lyrics.
9. Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather
Tween heart-throb himself, Justin Bieber, found himself an unlikely connection while escorting one of boxing’s biggest and hardest stars, Floyd “Money” Mayweather into his arena. The two waltzed onto the stage right before his victorious fight against Saul Alverez back in May of 2013. The prince of pop looked über cool in all black and dark sunglasses alongside Mayweather– what an unexpected spectacle.
10. Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar
There couldn’t be two musicians with a more directly opposing sound than Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar. Yet, somehow the two were inspired to work together back in December of 2012, while Gaga covered songs off Good Kid m.A.A.d City. The two have developed a mutual respect for each other. Kendrick describes Gaga as a “beautiful person” with a “genius mind,” not to mention a “free spirit in the studio.” The collab was supposed to be appear on Lamar’s last album, but unfortunately Gaga wasn’t able to get her vocals in on time.