Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ duet “Empire State of Mind” is the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. In honor of this new anthem, we celebrate the best collaborations between R&B divas and hip hop rappers. What is your favorite musical combo?

“03 Bonnie & Clyde”


Beyonce and Jay-Z make beautiful music with their classic collabo “Bonnie & Clyde ’03.”

“Can’t Knock the Hustle”


Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige represent R&B Hip Hop to the fullest. “Can’t Knock the Hustle” is one of the best collaborations of our time.

“Your All I Need”


Mary J. Blige and Method Man remixed the classic hit “Your All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

“Rainy Days”


The Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige and Ja Rule perform “Rainy Days.”

“Always On Time”


Ja Rule and Ashanti on stage at the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 23, 2009 in New York City.



Ciara and Ludacris got it crunk with the club banger “Oh.”

“Day Dreaming”


Perfect combination: Jill Scott and Lupe Fiasco make soulful music with their duet “Day Dreaming.”

“You Won’t See Me Tonight”


Riding a Latin beat, Aaliyah and Nas mixed the melody of R&B with the rock hard beats of hip hop.

“If I Ruled the World”


Lauryn Hill and Nas created an anthem with a hard beat and a Caribbean rhythm on the “If I Ruled the World.”

“One More Chance”


Faith Evans gospel tinged voice was the perfect balance to The Notorious B.I.G.’s syrupy sound and lyrics.

“Live Your Life”


Rihanna and T.I. perform “Live Your Life”onstage at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.