Ariana Grande’s 5 Best Hip-Hop Collaborations: Critic’s Picks


On Friday (Feb. 1), Ariana Grande launched a booming remix of "7 Rings" that includes hip-hop's high entice lord 2 Chainz. The trap-laden report not solely finds 2 Chainz revisiting his "Spend It" stream, however permits Grande to staff up with one other rap heavyweight, which has develop into the norm for the perennial pop titan.

Throughout her profession, Grande has unabashedly linked up with rap stars, making her a magnetic power amongst MCs in hip-hop. Not solely does she present an unbelievable platform on account of her monstrous presence in music, however her vocals are second to none. Whether it's Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne or A$AP Ferg, Grande is now adept at threading her means into the world of rap, making her not solely one among pop's greatest acts, however a constant customer to the Billboard Hot 100.

Below, Billboard compiled Grande's high 5 hip-hop collaborations. Check out which of them made the reduce. 

5. "Break Your Heart Right Back," feat. Childish Gambino

Deeply nestled inside Grande's 2016 Dangerous Woman album is the criminally underrated jam "Break Your Heart Right Back" that includes Childish Gambino. Stung by heartbreak, Grande aligns herself with the multi-faceted star for a tuneful collab. Sampling Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out," Grande seeks retribution after being duped by her former beau. "What goes round comes round/ And if it goes up, it comes down/ I do know you're mad 'trigger I came upon/ Want you to really feel what I really feel proper now," she sings. 

In a 2014 interview with Billboard, Gambino mirrored on how the report with Grande first took place. "The track was despatched to us and we instantly have been like, ‘This is a success,’" he mentioned. “She got here in after I was recording and was like, ‘That’s nice. I really like the tone of your voice,’” he remembers. “She is aware of her stuff about music and rap.”

four. "Problem," feat. Iggy Azalea

In 2014, Iggy Azalea was on the high of her recreation, doling out hit after hit. Not solely did she land her first Hot 100 chart-topper with "Fancy," however she additionally churned out a high three report in "Black Widow" with Rita Ora.

Azalea's smoldering tempo caught the eye of Grande, who recruited her for his or her anthemic collaboration "Problem." The uptempo report contained a bevy of components, together with saxophones, a whispery hook from Grande's former flame Big Sean and one scorching verse from Azalea. The first single from Grande's sophomore album, My Everything, was a hit, hovering to No. 2 on the Hot 100.

"‘Problem’ really represents the sensation of being completely terrified to re-approach a relationship that’s gone bitter -- however you need to greater than something," Grande instructed Billboard that 12 months. "In the track, it ends on a sappy, unfavourable be aware, however in [real] life, we’re hoping it’s going to finish on a optimistic one. I really feel prefer it’s all very sincere and human."

three. "Side to Side," feat. Nicki Minaj

In 2016, Grande enlisted Nicki Minaj for her reggae-tinged bop "Side to Side." The ILYA and Max Martin-produced observe is a titillating banger, which finds the bubbly twosome reveling of their sexual expeditions. Even if in case you have a foul repute, simply figuring out the best way to assist Ariana and Nicki attain their melting factors can function a rewarding feat. Here, Minaj skillfully woos her love-drunk associate together with her advances. "Kissing me, copped the blue field that say Tiffany/ Curry with the shot, simply inform 'em to name me Stephanie." Throughout the years, the Nicki/Ari tandem has develop into a well-liked selection amongst followers, with the fiery duo teaming up once more on "The Light Is Coming" final 12 months and, after all, on the 2014 pop smash "Bang Bang," additionally that includes Jessie J.

2. "Right There," feat. Big Sean

In what she thought of "the sequel" to "With You," Grande's "Right There" that includes Big Sean was a splashy return after releasing her Mac Miller-assisted single in 2013. Sean Don -- who's a confirmed guest-verse savant -- performs into his position with ease, squeezing out indelible bars about love and romance. "I really like and I such as you/ Five-course meals, regardless that you don’t thoughts a drive-thru," quips Sean.

The then-couple dated for 9 months earlier than calling it quits in 2015. In a joint assertion, reps for each stars confirmed the breakup with Billboard. "They each deeply look after one another and stay shut buddies. We kindly ask that the media respect their want for privateness concerning this private matter presently." During their relationship, Sean and Grande additionally collaborated on "Best Mistake" and "Research."

1. "The Way," feat. Mac Miller

In what was deemed a curveball by many followers, Grande's choice to include Mac Miller on her debut single "The Way" proved to be one of the best transfer attainable, because the report later grew to become a triple-platinum success. Grande's penchant for samples started on "The Way," which samples Brenda Russell's "A Little Bit of Love," identical to Big Pun's "Still Not a Player" did in 1998.

On the observe, Miller's jocular nature allowed followers from the pop world to shortly develop into enamored along with his playful character. "Come and watch a film with me, American Beauty/ Or Bruce Almighty, that's groovy, simply come and transfer nearer to me," he spits. 

The budding duo would forge a romantic relationship in 2016 after collaborating on Miller's "My Favorite Part" that 12 months. In 2018, Grande introduced her choice to half methods with Miller Instagram story. "This is one among my finest buddies in the entire world and favourite individuals on the planet,” Grande wrote. “I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any kind, always no matter how our relationship modifications or what the universe holds for every of us!”

In September 2018, Miller died of an unintended overdose.