TOP 10 COLLABORATIONS of 2012
There is nothing as amazing as when two (or more) artists come together to create a beautiful piece of art. Imagine if Picasso and Van Gogh came together to create a masterpiece; now hold that thought as we run through the top 10 collaborations of 2012 as selected by our technical team.
Fear Nobody – EL ft. M.anifest & C-Real: Even though this song was never released as a single, fans of EL, C-Real and M.anifest who heard it on Something EL.se tip the song as one of the highlights of the album. With EL on the hook and the boards, the 3 emcees wax poetic about the need to focus on making your dreams come true and ignoring all haters.
Bye Bye – Asem ft. Kwabena Kwabena: In a year when the Azonto riddim dominated the playlists of DJ’s all over the country, this song managed to receive massive airplay and sneak into those playlists based on the quality of music alone. Asem tells the story of distance love as Kwabena Kwabena assists with an infectious melody of a hook (this combination was a no-brainer if you ask me).
Bayla Trap – R2Bees ft. Sarkodie: This is a combination we have seen work 2 times already (TEMA, check, Fair Warning, check) but on this song they exceeded our expectations with Paedae in particular pulling a surprisingly incredible verse whilst Sarko and Mugeez did their usual magic. They topped it up with a hood video that was as proper a reflection of the song as any video could be.
Y3 B3 Huri Wall – Cabum ft. Yaa Pono: With one of the funniest titles in the world of music last year, two of the most underrated artists in the industry came together to create a beautiful piece which was enjoyed by their cult-like followings all over the country. With Cabum on the beat and hook, Tema and Kumasi came together in a manner that was supposed to shake the music world. Too bad not everything goes according to its plan.
Well Well – Rumor ft. Stone (BRADEZ): This was not only one of the best collaborations of the year but it was also one of the most slept-on. Rumor of Skillions teamed up with the Flow-King to belt out a nice tune to that special lady without sounding negative, patronizing or fake. As a plus, they added a dope visual (personally I consider it one of the top 3 videos this year) and were able to atleast hold the attention of the true music connoisseurs across the country.
Woara – Okyeame Kwame ft. Raquel: Bra Kwame is already a legend in this game and with prior collaborations with the likes of Daddy Lumba, Kojo Antwi, Kofi B, Kwabena Kwabena etc. he has proven time and again that he knows how to pick them when it comes to ‘collabos’. This was another brilliant piece as he came together with Raquel to craft a duet reminiscent of Paapa Yankson’s ‘Tsena Me Nkyen’.
Vera – D-Black ft. Joey B: This was one of the songs that surprised everybody including Desmond Blackmore himself (he didn’t officially release it until after it leaked and people started hyping it). The switch from Hip-Hop to the Azonto riddim is not an easy task but D-Black pulled it off nicely and topped it up with a scene stealing verse from Beezy.
Lie Ben – Ko-Jo Cue ft. Asem: This is a collaboration most people had been expecting since a lot of comparisons were being drawn between these two emcees. Over a banger of a beat from Peewezel, Asem handles the hook whilst the punchline king delivers bars deep enough to drown sharks. When all was said and done, the two had delivered a smash, too bad Asem didn’t drop a hot 16.
Go Go Wind – Eazzy ft. Jupita; before leaving Lynx Entertainment last year and after returning from the BBA house, Eazzy dropped one of the best songs in her career so far. With Richie on the boards, and the young up-start Jupita on the hook, she spit a complimentary verse in Twi, Pidgin and Patois as the trio laced us with one of the best dancehall tunes in 2012. This song just had to make the list based on the ruckus it causes when it drops in the club alone.
Antenna – Fuse ODG ft. Wyclef: Fuse had a smash whilst riding the Azonto riddim and sold the dance as well as the music to the world. His undeniable chemistry with Killbeatz also came in handy when he had to prove to the rest of the world that he is not a one-hit-wonder. After making waves with the original, Wyclef blessed the remix and had the whole worked going crazy screaming TINA.