In 2017, listeners and lovers of hip-hop were forced to listen to a plethora of collaborative albums. A phenomenon that has existed for quite some time but saw an increase in production after the moderately successful “What A Time To Be Alive “ from Drake and Future. However, there is one slight problem with some of our favorite artists coming together and “collaborating”. It doesn’t sound good. Outside of “Watch The Throne” a hip-hop classic from Jay Z and Kanye West, most of these collaborative albums prove to be underwhelming. Perhaps it has to do with the emailing of tracks in the modern era. Or the fact that almost always one artist submerges themselves in the sound of the other. At the end of the day, these collabs do not work.
In 2017, the listeners and adorers of Hip Hop were blessed with a project known as “ Super Slimey” a collaboration between Young Thug and Future. Something no one asked for and after listening no one really needed. This joint project unlike some others, presented two artists who already make similar music making music together that they could have easily made by themselves. The sound of this album is not terrible just unnecessary.
One of the worst projects to come out in 2017, collaborative or not, was “ Double or Nothing”. This project was announced as a collaboration between Metroboomin and Big Sean. However, the album just doesn’t work much at all. The two sound misplaced together, like the wrong last piece being jammed into a puzzle, after you’ve given up.
Without Warning may be the best collaborative project of 2017. It provided a couple stand out tracks and the joining of 21 Savage and Offset actually makes sense. The unfortunate part is that a majority of the album still isn’t that great, just alright. However in the age of collaboration saturation, Without Warning is about as great as you are going to get.
In 2018 along with your new year resolutions hopefully, you made the same wish I did. That these artists would just leave the collabs in 2017.