7 Fantasy Musical Collaborations That Would Make Me Wee My Pants If They Actually Happened

There’s something magical about musical collaborations—rather than just being plain old “excited” about your favourite artist releasing a new album or single, you get to be “double”, “triple” or “super” excited to see two or more of your favourite artists performing together (remember how you felt the first time you heard “All About You”?). With the release of Watch The Throne, as much as I’m enjoying the album, the pairing is somewhat of a let down (come on guys, love you together but you need to organize some kind of open relationship because VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE. P.S., Thanks for including Bey), and I’ve been thinking about the collaborative efforts that I’ve loved in the past, big names attaching themselves to one another like Snoop Dogg & Justin Timberlake, Ja Rule & Ashanti, Kate Bush & Peter Gabriel, Bryan Adams & Mel C, Sting & Craig David, Destiny’s Child & Lil Wayne, Britney & Madonna, Kanye West & everyone, Santana & Rob Thomas, to name a few. I’ve started compiling a list of some of my collaborative music wet dreams, in case any big music execs happen to be reading Thought Catalog and see the merit in my suggestions (note: I am available for creative consulting, call me). So here are the top 7 fantasy musical collaborations that would make me do a little wee in my pants.

1. Jay-Z & Bruce Springsteen

From my perspective, Jay & Bruce (the other B) are emblems of American music—the stars and the stripes, if you will. Absolutely nothing on this earth would make me happier than Born In The Mother Fucking USA, bringing Jersey and Brooklyn together in the most epic, inspiring musical pairing in the history of the world ever. I’m getting a boner just thinking about it.

2. Beyonce & Janelle Monae featuring Karen O

Imagine the coolest, funkiest, most colorful, fashionable, inimitable, dance fueled girl power anthem ever. This is it.

3. Frank Ocean & Theophilus London

In my opinion, FO and TL have the best albums of the year with Nostalgia, Ultra and Timez Are Weird These Days. It only makes sense that the two should collaborate on what I can only imagine to be some kind of super album, the release of which will have people arguing about whether they are men or Gods, and Jay & Yeezy would start feeling incredibly uneasy.

4. Lykke Li & Warpaint featuring Kimbra

More girl power—I’d love to see these young, angsty music things get together and come up with something. Individually, they’re mesmerizing, compelling; together I imagine their collective presence would be utterly intoxicating.

5. The Flaming Lips & Kanye West featuring George Lewis Jr.

Yeezy produces, raps; George guitars, croons; the Lips bring the melodies, the harmonies, and stage direction.

6. Dirty Projectors & Arcade Fire

Every time I hear “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” I imagine Amber Coffman singing the lyrics and I wish my two favorite bands would get into bed together and make something powerful, real and pretty.

7. Ja Rule & Paul Simon (with apologies to Stephanie Georgopulos)

Jeffrey Atkins is going to need to make a come back when he gets out of prison, and Paul Simon is the exact message one should be sending following a stint in the slammer. Already knowing that Ja is a fan of Toto’s “Africa”, Paul Simon’s tribal beats should be a no brainer. It’s the next “Always On Time”. Failing this, our own Stephanie Georgopulos has expressed a keen interest in future collaborations with Paul Simon (to hell with Ja! Stephanie FTW!). TC mark


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  • yeezy

    …….i like jay z and kanye

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

    Jay-Z featuring in: Mamma Mia! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707272007 Alex Thayer

    neil young and sufjan

  • Brogan

    Theophilus and Frank Ocean. You know what’s up

  • http://thefirstchurchofmutterhals.blogspot.com/ mutterhals

    Josh Homme and Mike Patton.

  • Guesty

    Not only are you the worst person ever, but you are also horrible at liking music. Jay-Z, Kanye and Bruce
    Springsteen are talentless. Well, not as talentless as you but that isn’t saying much

    • habitualtruth

      no one that is “talentless” makes THAT much money from art

      • Guesty

        You are a logical genius!! So, from your way of thinking the food at McDonald’s must be tasty because they make THAT much money from food.

      • Anonymous

        …but it is tasty…sometimes

      • Guesty

        But it ~is tasty.

    • disagree

      i’m sorry but there is just no way that you can say that jay z isn’t an incredibly talented lyricist or that kanye isn’t one of the best, if not the best, producers in the game today. i can understand if you don’t like hip hop but that doesn’t mean they’re anywhere near talentless.

      • Guesty

        But I love hip-hop. Wu-Tang, Talib, Tech N9ne, Dead Prez and others blow them out of the water. Kanye and Jay-Z  are for middle school girls and frat bros who are mindless and have no taste in music.

        And btw you would be surprised on how much music that is “produced” by Kanye is actually done by ghost-producers. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612928768 Samie Rose

        Astronautalis is the best rapper in the universe. Go listen to him. His voice is like having sex on a gravel driveway and not caring about the little pink and red marks all over your ass afterwards.

        Okay, bad metaphor, but seriously, the guy is awesome.

    • disagree

      i’m sorry but there is just no way that you can say that jay z isn’t an incredibly talented lyricist or that kanye isn’t one of the best, if not the best, producers in the game today. i can understand if you don’t like hip hop but that doesn’t mean they’re anywhere near talentless.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49300307 Andrea Nero

      thought catalog is ryan, bsg and sometimes guest contribs.
      everyone else makes me wish I were 30 already.

    • Anonymous

      lol sure bro. why you trolling KG like that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612928768 Samie Rose

    Kanye & everyone ELSE.

    • Katgeorge

      No, not everyone ELSE. Kanye is great with Kanye too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612928768 Samie Rose

        Kanye, everyone else, Kanye, and some eggs. Breakfast time.

      • Ashes

        Sounds like the name of a new single…I smell a hit.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612928768 Samie Rose

        I just smell bacon.

  • vejrubia

    The Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Karen O collaboration would be orgasmic.  They are the holy trinity of my playlist (maybe not Karen O, more Robyn or Feist, but I’d still love your idea).

  • ANG

    I love Swim Good by Frank Ocean and all, but best album of the year? Realllllyyyy? That is a bold statement.

  • NSA


    • Guesty

      the future of what

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612928768 Samie Rose

        You don’t wanna know.

  • Anonymous

    Kat George and Ryan O’Connell. 

  • Mashka


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000642567777 Walter Price

    radiohead and portishead

    • Guest

      and Motorhead, Oysterhead and Head Automatica, 

  • Guest

    While the idea of your favorite musicians working together sounds good, I’m a big believer in the best work coming from them solo.  Hip hop can be an exception because a collaboration is more like when jazz musicians ‘guest’ on each others’ albums/songs and less like Animal Collective and Deerhunter somehow adding up to being even more awesome together just because you like their music separately.

  • Connor

    Who cares what if Jay Z or Kanye make money. They make good music as much as Nas, Chiddy Bang, Talib or anyone else does. Everyone is in it for the game. If you believe different, then you’ve never reached a point when money was the only option and you’ll never look back. Or you’re just an a troll.

  • Anonymous


  • sopo55

    duh nickleback and arcade fire

  • sopo55

    duh nickleback and arcade fire

  • http://rmimms.tumblr.com Renee

    I would pay good money to see #2.

    • http://twitter.com/galette_rois Julian Galette


  • http://rmimms.tumblr.com Renee

    I would pay good money to see #2.

  • http://twitter.com/ayecaleb Caleb Ray

    I seriously made the awfullest “ASTOUNDING YESSS!” face when I read 4. Lykke Li & Warpaint featuring Kimbra. 

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