From Kanye West to Jay-Z & Drake, Here Are Rihanna’s Best Hip-Hop Collaborations: Critic’s Picks


Rihanna is likely one of the most achieved artists of the 21st century. From her 14 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits to 9 Grammys, there isn't a lot the Barbados-born singer has left to show in music.

With RiRi solely releasing one album since 2013, the 31-year-old has hung out solidifying herself as a mogul in different industries. The launch of her Fenty Beauty line has grow to be a pressure in vogue and cosmetics. She's even hung out flexing her appearing prowess, notching a starring function in Ocean's Eight final yr. 

Rihanna's focus has shifted again to music, as she's promised to ship her ninth studio album in 2019 — which is music to the ears of her loyal Navy fanbase. Part of Rihanna's greatness has been her potential to efficiently dabble in a number of genres all through her profession — particularly hip-hop, with Jay-Z introducing her to the mainstream after signing the teenager sensation to Def Jam in 2005.

Rihanna has gone on to collaborate with a few of the greatest the style has to supply. Whether it's teaming with T.I., Kanye West, Drake or Eminem, the ANTI artist boasts a novel potential to take tracks to the subsequent stage.

In honor of RiRi celebrating her 31st birthday on Wednesday (Feb. 20), listed here are the icon's prime 10 hip-hop collaborations.

10. Future feat. Rihanna – "Selfish"

Future stunned the world with back-to-back No. 1 albums proper round this time in 2017. The second, Hndrxx, would cater to his pop fanbase and dig additional into his R&B roots. Rihanna popped up for a soothing duet, as worlds collided on the tuneful "Selfish." The pair would mesh vocals on the refrain, bridged collectively by a solo verse from every of them. It's a disgrace the monitor wasn't correctly pushed and marketed, with Future's staff opting to go together with "Mask Off" because the radio file of alternative from the 2 albums, regardless that "Selfish" would debut at No. 37 on the Hot 100. The ATL native is considerably conversant in working with Rihanna, as he beforehand landed on RiRi's 2012 smash "Loveeeeee Song" and penned her verses for Mike WiLL Made-It's "Nothing Is Promised."

9. Drake feat. Rihanna – "Take Care"

After leaving her off Thank Me Later, Drake linked up with Rihanna on the title monitor of his basic sophomore album. Drizzy and RiRi cross the baton backwards and forwards, with the Carribean Queen dealing with refrain duties to let Drake know she'll all the time be there for him. Meanwhile, the OVO frontman pours his coronary heart out over errors he's made prior to now. The sultry collab closely samples Jamie xx's remix of Gill Scott-Heron's "I'll Take Care of You." A visible for the tune was ultimately launched in 2012, that includes Drizzy and Rihanna lusting over one another, which put their fanbases right into a frenzy. The music video now has greater than 294 million views on YouTube as of press time, and "Take Care" reached a peak of No. 7 on the Hot 100.

eight. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – "Talk That Talk"

Following the success of "Run This Town" and "Umbrella," RiRi and Hov joined forces for "Talk That Talk," which appeared on Rihanna's sixth studio album of the identical identify. The StarGate-produced tune finds Jay adjusting his sport a bit to suit the extra pop complexion of the monitor, rhyming concerning the struggles of staying devoted whereas out on the highway. Unfortunately, "Talk That Talk" didn't completely fulfill its potential, because the tune was overshadowed by dance hits from the 2011 mission like "Where Have You Been," "We Found Love" and "Birthday Cake."

7. Eminem feat. Rihanna – "Love the Way You Lie"

On the floor, a Rihanna and Eminem linkup didn't make a lot sense. But the duo has gone on to defy logic and craft a pair of radio-friendly bops with Recovery's "Love the Way You Lie" and 2013's "The Monster," as each reached the apex of the Hot 100. The Alex Da Kid-produced anthem noticed Em and Rihanna reflecting on the abusive relationships of their previous, which deeply resonated with listeners who had gone by means of one thing related.

"This track, it gave a voice to not solely victims, but additionally what I actually get pleasure from about this track isn’t solely how cleverly written it’s," Rihanna told MTV of the monitor's enchantment. "I can’t consider he wrote this track like that, however the truth that he confronts himself on this file was the largest factor for me, and I feel that’s what individuals linked to essentially the most." The official music video now has greater than 1.7 billion views.

6. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – "FourFiveSeconds"

"FourFiveSeconds" is genre-blending genius at its best. The 2015 monitor was launched with Rihanna, Kanye and Paul McCartney as the primary artists. Boasting minimalist instrumentation, a West specialty on the time, and brash lyrics, the tune went on to be an unlikely industrial success, reaching No. four on the Hot 100.

The monitor gave the Beatles frontman the file for the longest time between prime 10 hits, along with his final journey previous to teaming with Ye and Ri being "Spies Like Us" from 1986. "When you learn the lyrics, it’s a very totally different track than what you’re listening to," Rihanna relayed to V magazine. "The music is easygoing, however the lyrical content material may be very loud and in your face." It's a disgrace this couldn't have landed on ANTI or West's scrapped So Help Me God album.

5. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – "Umbrella"

After getting Rihanna inked to Def Jam below his watch in 2005, Jay and Rihanna teamed up for his or her first collab, and it was superb. The percussion-filled tune kicked off RiRi's breakout Good Girl Gone Bad album in 2007. "Umbrella" was originally intended for Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige, who fortunately handed on the file, which spent seven weeks atop the Hot 100. The monitor's momentum carried all the way in which into the Grammy Awards, the place Jay and Rihanna took dwelling the honors for greatest rap/sung collaboration in 2008, marking her first of what’s now 9 wins.

four. Rihanna feat. Drake – "What's My Name"

With Drake nonetheless craving after Rihanna ghosted him and publicly denied something romantic occurring between the 2, they teamed up for certainly one of their greatest collaborations so far. The steamy "What's My Name" powered RiRi's Loud album and went on to notch her a 3rd No. 1 file in 2010 alone. Many questioned the standing of Drake and Rihanna's relationship on the time, as he subliminally questioned Ri's intentions earlier that summer season on "Fireworks." He even instructed The New York Times that he mainly felt utilized by her. "What's My Name" was so infectious that Rihanna's staff had no alternative however to go away Drake on the official album lower, regardless that he was intended for the remix.

three. Kanye West feat. Rihanna – "All of the Lights"

It's solely proper Rihanna notched the lone listed characteristic on Kanye West's posse lower "All of the Lights." The masterpiece would take months for West to finish, tweaking instrumentation and vocals at each flip. The completed product options contributions from John Legend, The-Dream, Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Elton John and Drake. Rihanna confirmed off her vocal vary and shined above the remainder when delivering a monstrous hook over West's horn-laden manufacturing.

She detailed how the beat caught out to her when Yeezy performed her a part of the mission to MTV News. "[Kanye] really performed his album to me, like, three months in the past, and 'All of the Lights,' that was certainly one of my favourite songs. So when he requested me to come back as much as the studio at 2 o'clock within the morning, I needed to, as a result of I cherished it, I knew it was that track," Rihanna defined on the MTV Europe Music Awards crimson carpet. "All of the Lights" would go on to win greatest rap/sung efficiency on the 2012 Grammy Awards. 

2. Jay-Z feat. Rihanna & Kanye West – "Run This Town"

Getting Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West on the identical monitor in 2009 is like when LeBron James headed to South Beach to staff up with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat a yr later. And "Run This Town" could be King James' "not 5, not 6, not 7" speech on the Heat's welcoming celebration. The braggadocious monitor options three artists within the prime of their careers, they usually can't be stopped. The outcomes converse for themselves, because the pompous tune took dwelling greatest rap track honors on the 2010 Grammys. 

1. T.I. feat. Rihanna – "Live Your Life"

Getting RiRi on "Live Your Life" wasn't all the time a forgone conclusion. Tip described there being "a back-and-forth within the studio," however he continued to "hear her voice on the file." T.I. was handsomely rewarded after Rihanna got here by means of and considerably raised the trajectory of the track, which went on to grow to be her third No. 1 of 2008 and his best-selling monitor ever as a major artist. The inspirational anthem nonetheless sounds as refreshing because it did over a decade in the past. "Until the sport ends, 'til the clock cease/ We gon' submit up on the highest spot," she prophetically sings. It's 2019 and Rihanna stays at her peak.