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Top 50 EDM and Hip Hop Collaborations of the Decade

The Kill Kollective put together the ultimate list of Hip Hop and EDM collaborations over the last decade to include samples and popular remixes. This past decade has really pushed the boundaries within EDM and Hip Hop culture. The many unexpected collaborations and experimental influences have contributed to the genre bending hits that we have in our rotation. We are excited to see what the next decade holds for music.

1.

NGHTMRE & A$AP FERG- Red Light (2019)

Both NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg are not afraid to experiment with their sounds. This track has received a lot of traction this year after being used in promotion for NBA 2K20 and Need for Speed. This track also brought about some heavy hitting remixes to include, “REDLIGHT (VIP)” and an official remix from Flosstradamus.

2.

Alan Walker ft. A$AP Rocky- Live Fast (2019)

Throughout the last decade, A$AP Rocky has been no stranger to the electronic music scene and has collaborated with notable producers like Skrillex, Clams Casino and singer and songwriter FKA Twigs. In this track, A$AP Rocky quotes his lyrics from his 2013 hit with Skrillex, “Wild for the Night”. He says,” I went wild for the night, in 2019 I’m getting out ’fore I die”. Ironically, this track hit a lot harder, considering it was released during the controversy of A$AP Rocky’s incarceration in Sweden earlier this year. This track was also used as the official anthem for the game, PlayersUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).

3.

French Montana ft City Girls- Wiggle It (2019)

This track is not a direct EDM and Hip Hop collaboration but features an electronic/dance music sample from Scottish music group Nightcrawlers. The track, Push the Feeling, was their first single from their debut album, Let’s Push It (1995).

4.

NGTMRE ft Shaquille O’ Neal and Lil Jon- BANG (2019)

This track features three heavy hitters in both EDM and Hip Hop culture. Retired NBA star, Shaquille O’Neal has been making waves throughout the festival circuit and through his event series Shaq’s Fun House. Lil Jon has successfully mastered collaborations throughout this decade and has effortlessly managed to cultivate a large fanbase within EDM. Since 2014, NGTMRE has continued to surprise us with his production range and is passionately consistent with combining Hip Hop and EDM and this track proves it.

5.

Yellow Claw ft A$AP Ferg and Creek Boyz- Ferg Chanel (2018)

Yellow Claw teamed up with A$AP Ferg and Creek Boyz to give us this single from their bass pumping album, New Blood. Yellow Claw have always been known for incorporating various genres in their music, specifically Hip Hop and Trap.

6.

Alison Wonderland ft Trippie Redd-High (2018)

Alison Wonderland and Trippie Redd took a risk with this track and it turned out to be completely worthwhile. Both artists showcased their creativity , and this was the perfect piece to bridge electronic and hip hop music fans together. “High” was one of those tracks last year that broke boundaries regarding genre and set an example for the younger generation of artists to never box themselves in with their sound.

7.

Marshmello- Light Up ft. Tyga & Chris Brown (2019)

8.

Travis Scott- Sicko Mode (Skrillex Remix) (2018)

Skrillex has been known for releasing elite Hip Hop remixes throughout his career. After the release of Astroworld from Travis Scott last year, the internet was flooded with “SICKO MODE” remixes and after the release, Skrillex gave us the remix we all needed from the popular track.

9.

Marshmello ft Khalid – Silence (2017) 

Electronic music producer and DJ, Marshmello, has gained accelerated attention through his music since 2015. The same can be said about singer and songwriter, Khalid, who also received notability through his one of a kind vocals and range. Marshmello and Khalid are a dynamic duo and this was their first collaboration together; charting at the top of dance charts in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

10.

Katy Perry-Swish Swish ft Nicki Minaj (2017)

This track features production and writing credit from British DJ and songwriter, Duke Dumont . Swish Swish also features a sample from, I Like It Deep by Roland Clark from his 1999 techno-house track.

11.

Steve Aoki & Yellow Claw- Lit ft Gucci, Tpain (2017)

This was one of those unexpected collaborations that we are thankful for. It was T-pain who suggested that Gucci Mane be featured on the track after a FaceTime call that Steve Aoki had with him.

12.

Drake-Get It Together ft Black Coffee and Jorja Smith (2017)

Drake’s album, More Life, was one of the most anticipated projects of 2017. This track features South African house DJ/producer, Black Coffee and British vocalist, Jorja Smith. A whole minute passes on the track before we hear Drake’s signature vocals, allowing us to experience Black Coffee’s superior production work.

13.

Steve Aoki- Kolony Anthem ft. Bok Nero x ILOVEMAKONEN (2017)

This track is apart of legendary DJ and producer, Steve Aoki’s, fourth studio album Kolony. Fellow Dim Mak artist, Boknero, is featured in the track and continues to promote his Hood EDM movement through his collaborations and music releases.

14.

DJ Snake- The Half ft Jeremih , Young Thug and Swizz Beatz (2016)

This track did not get the coverage it deserved but, it’s worth being on the list considering it was one of the biggest EDM and Hip Hop collaborations in 2016.

15.

Kanye West- Fade

We all remember the release of Kanye West’s album, The Life of Pablo, back in 2016. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the project, however the track “Fade” was one of the most iconic takeaways. The track features a sample from “Mystery of Love” by Mr. Fingers (1988). The sample shows the 1980s movement of the house music scene and the important development of American black music history and how it has been lost through mainstream marketing. It is so special that Kanye chose to recognize these historical moments and not to mention the visual for the track never gets old.

16.

Beyonce- All Night (2016)

Beyonce’s, Lemonade, was one of the most talked about projects of the year in 2016 and rightfully so. Diplo is credited as a producer on two tracks from the album, “All Night” and “Hold Up”.

17.

Beyonce- Hold Up (2016)

18.

Ty Dolla $ign-Blase (Louis The Child Remix) (2016)

19.

 ASAP Rocky x Clams Casino x Lil B and AJ Tracey – Be Somebody (2016)

This track is by far one of our favorite collaborations featuring A$AP Rocky and Clams Casino. The hip hop features on this track added to the vibes and we can’t get enough.

20.

Vic Mensa X Skrillex- No Chill (2016)

21.

Weeknd ft Daft Punk – Starboy (2016) 

This track became Weeknd’s third chart topper and a first for Daft Punk that is well deserved.

22.

Rihanna ft Calvin Harris-This is What You Came For (2016)

Every time Rihanna and Calvin Harris collaborate they create a master piece. In the past, Rihanna and Calvin Harris have effortlessly topped the charts with their hits “We Found Love and “Where Have You Been”.

Clams Casino-Be Somebody ft A$AP Rocky , Lil B

23.

Skrillex and Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini (2016) 

Rapper Rick Ross and electronic music Dj/producer Skrillex collaborated on a track for 2016 DC Comics film Suicide Squad.

24.

Travis Scott ft Young Thug -Skyfall (RL Grimes x Salva Remix) (2015)

25.

The Game and Skrillex – El Chapo (2015) 

26.

Malaa-Notorious (2015)

This is still one of Malaa’s most notorious tracks, sampling the track “Going Back to Cali” by the legendary Notorious B.I.G.

27.

Tiesto and The Chainsmokers- Split (2015)

This is not a direct EDM and Hip Hop collaboration but we can’t ignore the “Only You’ sample by Ashanti.

28.

Carnage ft ASAP Ferg , Lil Uzi Vert & Rich the Kid – WDYW (2015) 

29.

Tyga ft Kylie Jenner- Stimulated (2015)

This track features a sample of the track “Children (Dream Version)” by electronic music producer, Robert Miles (1995).

30.

David Guetta ft Nicki Minaj , Bebe Rexha, Afrojack (2014) 

31.

Flosstradamus- TTU Ft Waka Flocka (2014)

32.

A$AP Rocky ft. Gesaffelstein- In Distress (2014)

33.

Deorro Ft Chris Brown- Five More Hours (2014)

34.

Calvin Harris ft Big Sean- Open Wide (2014)

35.

Nicki Minaj- Truffle Butter (2014)

This track features a house music sample from ” What They Say” from Maya Jane Coles. The song’s debut made Minaj the 15th artist to accumulate 60 chart entries on the Hot 100. In addition, it extended her lead as the female artist with the third most entries on the chart.

36.

Flying Lotus-Never Catch Me Ft Kendrick Lamar (2014)

37.

Carnage ft Migos- Bricks (2014) 

38.

Schoolboy Q- Man of The Year

This track is not a direct EDM and Hip Hop collaboration and incorporates a sample that not everyone would catch right away. Man of The Year features a sample from an electronic music band from Oregon, Chromatics. The track was promoted in

ASAP Rocky ft Skrillex, Birdy Nam Nam – Wild for the Night (2013) 

39.

Daft Punk ft Pharrel- Get Lucky (2013)

40.

Dj Snake ft Lil Jon-Turn Down for What (2013)

41.

Just Blaze and Bauuer ft Jay Z – Higher (2013) 

42.

Rihanna – Pour Up (RL Grime Remix) (2013)

43.

ASAP Rocky prod by Clams Casino – Palace (2012) 

44.

Ellie Goulding – Hanging On ft Tinie Tempah (2012)

45.

Bassnectar ft Lupe Fiasco (2012)

46.

Wiz Khalifa – O.N.I.F.C (2012) 

Wiz Khalifa has never been afraid to experiment with his sound. In 2007 he recorded, “Say Yeah”, which features a sample of “Better Off Alone” by Dutch eurodance group Alice DeeJay from 1998. In Wiz Khalifa’s track O.N.I.F.C, he samples “I Remember” by electronic music DJ/producer, Kaskade.

47.

David Guetta ft Nicki Minaj and Florida- Where Them Girls At (2011)

48.

Chris Brown and Benny Benassi – Beautiful People (2011) 

Chris Brown collaborated with Benny Benassi on the production of “Beautiful People”. The track offered a different sound for both artists and was an unexpected banger. During a press run for the track, Chris Brown told MTV News that, ” it wasn’t a selfish record, it wasn’t be bragging or boasting or talking about cars or money or girls. It was me being able to inspire people with dance music.” Beautiful People became the first number one single for both artist on the Dance club charts and is now a platinum record.

49.

Rihanna- We Found Love ft Calvin Harris (2011) 

We Found Love was written and produced by electro-house DJ Calvin Harris. Rihanna and Calvin Harris are a dynamic duo together and every time they collaborate the music does iconically well on the charts. We Found Love topped the Billboard Hot 100, and became the longest number one single of 2011.

50.

Beyonce- Run The World (2011)

Beyonce’s, Run The World , has become a women’s empowerment anthem that is considered timeless. The track features a sample of, “Pop De Floor” by Major Lazer which was produced by Diplo and Afrojack.

Honorable Mentions

Avicii-Levels (Etta James sample Something’s Got a Hold on Me )(2011)

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