Twelve Times That Pop Stars Served as Featured Hook Singers


From Ciara and Missy Elliott to Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, we’re compiling a listing of among the biggest pop visitor hooks in latest hip-hop historical past.

Long earlier than hip-hop develop into the dominant pressure on the Billboard charts, rappers have enlisted main pop stars to ship a hook-driven refrain.

In 1995, Mariah Carey and Ol' Dirty Bastard helped pioneer collaboration between pop and hip-hop with the remix of Carey's iconic single "Fantasy," and ever for the reason that two worlds have collided right into a genre-blurring litany of Billboard hits — by everybody from Jay-Z and Beyoncé to Wale and Lady Gaga.

In honor of Ariana Grande's visitor starring flip this Friday on the refrain of two Chainz's "Rule The World," we've put collectively a listing of 12 memorable occasions a pop star hopped on the hook of a hip-hop banger.

Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop, "Lose Control"

Music make you lose management! Teaming up with Fatman Scoop, Missy Elliott adopted up her smash Ciara collaboration “1, 2 Step” with one other high 5 Hot 100 hit: this skittering, dance-heavy single took over dance flooring all through the mid-to-late 2000s due to Ciara’s mind-blowing choreography and swaggering refrain.

Nicki Minaj feat. Ariana Grande, "Bed"

Following within the footsteps of their previous bangers like “Side To Side” and “Get On Your Knees,” besties Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande joined forces for the fourth time on the sultry “Bed,” the second single off Nicki’s 2018 album Queen. “Got a mattress wit’ your identify on it,” Ari coos repeatedly on the seductive hook earlier than including “Love me good/Love me down/Don’t flip me down.” Later that 12 months, Nicki returned the favor by including a visitor verse to “The Light Is Coming” for Ariana’s Sweetener.

Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake, "Holy Grail"

Following Jay-Z’s visitor verse on Justin Timberlake’s swanky 2013 comeback single “Suit & Tie,” the previous boybander returned the favor by delivering the bombastic refrain on “Holy Grail,” the lead single from Jay’s 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. The tour mates later struck gold with the track, incomes the Grammy for greatest rap/sung collaboration on the 2014 ceremony.

Eminem feat. Rihanna, "Love the Way You Lie"

Eminem earned his first No. 1 on the Rap Songs chart since his debut single, "The Real Slim Shady" due to this darkish collaboration with Rihanna from 2010’s Recovery. Filled with violent imagery and themes of home abuse, the track additionally topped the Billboard Hot 100, and RiRi later recorded mournful ballad “Love The Way You Lie (Part II)” as a sequel for her fourth album Loud.

Calvin Harris feat. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Big Sean, "Feels"

Calvin Harris’ 2017 album Funk Wav Bounces, Vol.1 was jam-packed with high-profile friends, however none stood out fairly like Katy Perry’s hook on summer-y earworm “Feels,” alongside Pharrell Williams and Big Sean. “Don’t be afraid to catch feels,” Perry urges on the dancehall-inflected banger, which spent three weeks on high of the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind"

“Concrete jungle the place goals are made from!” The hovering refrain by Alicia Keys on Jay-Z’s 2009 love letter to NYC helped flip the track into an immediate traditional — it peaked at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and stays the quintessential anthem for New York dreamers all over the place.

Wale feat. Lady Gaga, "Chillin'"

Wale and Gaga collaborated on the lead single from the rapper’s 2009 debut album, Attention Deficit. Sampling the highschool marching band traditional “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Steam, the electro-pop celebration jam incorporates a hook written by The Fame-era Mother Monster herself.

DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”

Featuring a veritable who’s who of celebrity friends together with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled’s 2017 hit “I’m The One” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and immediately turned a serious contender for track of the summer season, thanks partly to Bieber’s trop-pop-infused refrain. The following 12 months, Khaled tried to catch lightning in a bottle once more by reuniting the entire crew, sans Wayne, for 2018’s “No Brainer.”

French Montana feat. Mariah Carey & Swae Lee, “Unforgettable (Mariah Carey Remix)”

This 2017 French Montana single with Swae Lee acquired a serious help when Mariah Carey jumped on the official remix. The new model opens with Mimi including her unforgettable melisma to the unique refrain, crooning “It’s not adequate for me/ Since I been with you/ It’s not gonna give you the results you want/ Nobody can equal me, ooh” in her signature diva trend earlier than Swae joins in over MC’s dreamy ad-libs. feat. Britney Spears, “Scream and Shout”

You are actually, now rockin’ with and Britney, bitch! Britney Spears went full fembot for this slinky, club-ready banger off The Black Eyed Peas MC’s fourth solo album #willpower, donning the unforgettable quasi-British accent she would replicate as soon as once more on her personal 2013 single “Work Bitch.”

Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Beyoncé, “Lift Off”

While Beyoncé’s spectacular resume of hip-hop visitor hooks contains Nicki Minaj, husband Jay-Z, DJ Khaled and extra, this album reduce from Jay and Kanye West’s collaborative 2011 album Watch The Throne sends Queen Bey's vocals hovering sky-high with lyrics like “We gon' take it to the moon, take it to the celebrities/ How many individuals can take it this far?/ I'm supercharged/ I'm 'bout to take this entire factor to Mars.” Lift off achieved.

Diddy feat. Christina Aguilera, “Tell Me” 

Christina Aguilera’s assured hook helped flip this single right into a standout observe off Diddy’s 2006 album Press Play. “Tell me/ What you’re excited about when your palms is all on me/ Cause I’ve been thinkin’ about all the probabilities,” Xtina urges over a booming beat in between Diddy’s sauntering verses.