A Year in Collaborations: Our Favorite Unholy Unions of 2012


2012 was a great year for collaborations, and an even better year for surprises. The rising stars of rap, pop, and indie all worked together as we might have expected, but some of the best pairings took place in the form of odd couples. We saw some things we never would have expected, and the year was better off for it. Here are some of our favorite unholy unions of the year.

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  • Pete

    One of my friends was blown away by the John Mayer and Frank Ocean collaboration. It got me thinking, having seen him collaborate and work with/on hip-hop and r&b, has anyone actually chronicled his work throughout the years in this field? It’s interesting to see that despite him working with many artists outside the pop/rock scene, so many people (that I’ve encountered at least) don’t know about his influence or whatever it is.

    Anyways, El-P and Killer Mike was such a great collaboration. I hope they continue to make music together. And I was pleasantly surprised by the Thom Yorke and Flying Lotus song on one of my favorite albums of the year.

  • Ash

    Glad to see Big Boi made the list. Those Phantogram collabs were fire.

  • shish

    Thank god gaga wasn’t allowed to be on the best song on Kenrick’s album. Gaga completely ruins Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe for me…

  • Max

    The irony in bitch dont kill my vibe….. gaga killed my vibe in that song

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