2022 has been a whirlwind year for the rap music industry. With the world still grappling with the effects of a global pandemic, artists have found solace and creativity by joining forces with other talents. This year has seen an abundance of collaborations and features that have not only pushed the envelope but also left a significant mark on the industry. As we approach the final quarter of the year, it is fitting to look back and appreciate the most remarkable partnerships that have shaped the landscape of rap music this year.
2022’s Finest Fusion: Unraveling the Best Rap Collaborations
One of the most talked-about collaborations this year was the divine duo of Drake and Future in "Way 2 Sexy." Both artists brought their unique flavors to this track, with Future’s melodious hook complementing Drake’s witty rhymes perfectly. The result was a chart-topping hit that has since become the anthem of 2022.
Another collab that took the industry by storm came from the legendary Kanye West and Jay-Z on the track "Jail" off Kanye’s album Donda. This marked their first joint effort since 2011’s "Watch the Throne," and fans welcomed their reunion with open arms. The emotional depth of the lyrics, coupled with Kanye’s ethereal production and Jay-Z’s hard-hitting verses, made this collaboration one for the ages.
Running on a similar vein was the collaboration between Doja Cat and SZA on "Kiss Me More." The track is a pleasing mix of rap and pop, with both artists delivering irresistible verses over a groovy beat. This collaboration topped several charts and demonstrated the power of blending varying styles in a single track.
Mic Check, Feature Check: Standout Rap-Feature Moments of the Year
Next, we have the standout features of the year. Lil Nas X’s "Industry Baby" featuring Jack Harlow was hands down one of the most successful. Harlow’s verse injected a new energy into the song, turning it into an anthem for hustlers everywhere. His effortless flow combined with Lil Nas X’s catchy chorus made for an unforgettable hit.
The most intriguing feature this year, however, came from Kid Cudi on Pop Smoke’s posthumous album, "Faith." On the track "8-Ball," Cudi lent his distinct vocal style to Pop Smoke’s drill beats. The result was a hauntingly beautiful sound that paid tribute to Pop Smoke’s legacy.
Lastly, let’s not forget Polo G’s impactful feature on Migos’ "Malibu." With his heartfelt verse about his rise to fame, Polo G beautifully balanced out Migos’ flashy boasts, creating a captivating dynamic that left listeners begging for more.
From the power pairings to the standout features, 2022 has proven to be a dynamic year for rap music. These collaborations and features not only delivered hit songs but also presented a fresh and immersive sound that pushed boundaries. As the year draws to a close, we can only look forward to what the rap game holds in store for us next. Here’s to hoping for more surprising duos, fascinating features, and groundbreaking music in the years to come.