11 Unexpected Musical Collaborations


When two musically disparate acts collaborate, the end results can be ... interesting. 

1. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Phil Collins: “Home”

Bone Thugs N Harmony Feat. Phil Collins Home by Robinho68

While the song “Home” from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s fifth studio album, Thug World Order, failed to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2003, the rappers’ collaboration with British singer/songwriter Phil Collins gained commercial success in the United Kingdom. The Cleveland-based rappers used a sample from Phil Collins’ 1985 hit song “Take Me Home” as the foundation for “Home,” and would later make Collins an honorary member of their rap collective, even giving the 62-year-old a new moniker: “Chrome Bone.”

2. Weezer and Lil Wayne: “Can’t Stop Partying”

The song “Can’t Stop Partying” was featured on Rivers Cuomo’s collection of demo songs, Alone II: The Home Records of Rivers Cuomo, released in 2008. In 2009, the 43-year-old rock star released a full version on Weezer’s seventh album Raditude. Co-written and produced by Jermaine Dupri, the catchy pop song featured a rap verse from Lil Wayne. The line “OK b**** it’s Weezer and it’s Weezy” perfectly sums up this strange musical collaboration.

3. Lou Reed and Metallica: LuLu

Lulu, the last full-length record from Lou Reed, was a collaboration between the singer/songwriter and heavy metal giants Metallica, released in 2011. The unlikely pairing stemmed from playing together during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Concert a few years earlier. Lulu is a concept album that features heavy instrumentals from Metallica and mostly spoken word compositions from Reed that were loosely based on two plays from German playwright Frank Wedekind. While the collaboration record received mostly negative reviews from critics, Lulu debuted in the #36 spot on the U.S. Billboard 200.

4. The Jonas Brothers and Common: “Don’t Charge Me for the Crime”

Released on the Jonas Brothers' fourth and final record, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, the song “Don’t Charge Me for the Crime” featured their first real rap collaboration (the trio's bodyguard contributing a verse to "Burnin' Up" doesn't count) with rapper Common. Tom Brelhan at Pitchfork said the collaboration was "the weirdest teen-idol/credible-rapper team up since at least Blake Lewis/Lupe Fiasco. ... The way the song is structured, it actually sounds like a story about Common and the Jonas Brothers teaming up to rob a bank, which is probably the funniest image I've had in my head all day."

5. Public Enemy and Anthrax: “Bring the Noise”

In 1991, Public Enemy re-recorded their hit song “Bring the Noise” in a collaboration with Thrash Metal band Anthrax in a way to bridge the gap between the Rap and Heavy Metal music genres. The song was featured on Public Enemy’s fourth record Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black, and it also appeared on Anthrax’s compilation record Attack of the Killer B’s. The collaboration spawned a joint tour that featured the unlikely bands, and each show ended with Public Enemy and Anthrax on stage performing the song.

“Bring the Noise” would go on to inspire the Rap Metal genre and would influence bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park.

6. Jack White and Alicia Keys: “Another Way To Die”

The song “Another Way to Die” is a duet featuring Garage Rock singer/songwriter Jack White and R&B superstar Alicia Keys. Written for Quantum of Solace in 2008, the song was the first duet released for a James Bond film. While the song received a mixed critical response when compared to other songs from James Bond movies (which include Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger,” Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die,” and Nancy Sinatra’s “You Only Live Twice”), “Another Way to Die” peaked at #9 on the U.K. Singles Chart and was Alicia Keys' first hit song in various countries throughout Europe.

7. Kanye West and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver): “Lost in the World”

In 2010, Kanye West released the song “Lost in the World” from his record My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The song featured Indie Folk artist Justin Vernon as well as a sample from his band Bon Iver’s song “Woods” from their 2009 Blood Bank EP. While the unlikely pairing stemmed from West’s sampling Bon Iver’s song, Vernon ended up producing 10 tracks for West’s fifth studio album. Vernon also worked with West on his 2013 album Yeezus.

8. Nelly and Tim McGraw: “Over and Over”

In 2004, rapper Nelly released the song “Over and Over” for his fourth album, Suit. The song featured country music superstar Tim McGraw and centered on the artists coming to terms with a nasty breakup. The song was a certified Platinum hit in 2004, and peaked at the #3 spot on the Billboard Top 100. The music video for “Over and Over” featured Nelly and McGraw in split screen as the pair went through their individual days performing the same errands on their way to different luxury private jets.

9. Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith: “Walk this Way”

The song “Walk this Way” was a big hit for Aerosmith in 1975. But by the time the '80s rolled around, the band had lost the favor of young listeners, as new music genres such as Glam Metal and Pop Music swept music charts. Enter Run-D.M.C. In 1986, the rap trio covered “Walk this Way” as a hip-hop re-imagining with the help of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Produced by hip-hop icons Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, “Walk this Way” peaked at the #4 spot on the Billboard Top 100 and was the first hip-hop song to crack the Top 5. Run D.M.C’s “Walk this Way” popularized hip-hop in the United States and revived Aerosmith’s career.

10. Brad Paisley and L.L. Cool J: “Accidental Racist”

Appearing on Brad Paisley’s 2013 album Wheelhouse, the song “Accidental Racist” featured hip-hop recording artist LL Cool J. The song examined the state of racism in the United States and was a call to reappropriate the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern heritage. The result was one of the most controversial songs of 2013.

11. Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson: “Whatzupwitu”

In 1993, Eddie Murphy released the song “Whatzupwitu” featuring the King of Pop, who decided to collaborate with the actor-turned-recording-artist because he felt the song had a positive message. While the song saw moderate success on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at #74, its music video is considered one of the worst of all time. It wasn't the first time the duo collaborated: Murphy appeared in Jackson’s music video for “Remember the Time" in 1992.

From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State

There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

A chart showing the top slang words in each state
20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer

They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]


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