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Top 7 Hip-Hop Collaborations That Soared in Sales

Discover the power of collaboration in the music industry as we delve into the top 7 hip-hop collaborations that not only created incredible music but also soared in sales.
Words by Gabe Cruz
The photo from the song "Empire State of Mind" on Spotify is provided without any intended copyright infringement.

In the world of hip-hop, collaboration is a driving force. Throughout history, we’ve seen renowned rappers join forces to create timeless tracks that have left an indelible mark. Here, we present a selection of the most commercially successful hip-hop collaborations, taking into account both sales figures and media recognition.

“Say Something” – Timbaland feat. Drake

Say Something” emerged from the collaborative efforts of Timbaland and Canadian rapper Drake in 2009. This track achieved significant commercial success, reaching the 23rd position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and receiving platinum certification.

“Holy Grail” – Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake

“Holy Grail” marked a collaboration between hip-hop icon Jay-Z and pop sensation Justin Timberlake. Released in 2013, the song achieved notable commercial success, climbing to the 4th position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and securing platinum certification.

“Forever” – Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem

“Forever” came to life through a collaboration featuring Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem. The song was unleashed in 2009 and enjoyed substantial commercial triumph, reaching the 8th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and obtaining platinum certification.

“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys

“Empire State of Mind” emerged as a collaboration between Jay-Z and Alicia Keys in 2009. This track achieved monumental success, attaining the number 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earning a prestigious diamond certification.

“I’m the One” – DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne


“I’m the One” materialized as a collaborative effort featuring DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne in 2017. This track achieved significant commercial triumph, ascending to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and garnering an impressive 5x platinum certification.

“Umbrella” – Rihanna feat. Jay-Z

“Umbrella” marked a musical collaboration between Rihanna and Jay-Z in 2007. This track soared to immense commercial heights, securing the coveted number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and attaining a remarkable 6x platinum certification.

“One Dance” – Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla

“One Dance” emerged as a collaborative creation featuring Drake, Wizkid, and Kyla in 2016. This track reached extraordinary commercial heights, claiming the coveted number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and acquiring a distinguished diamond certification.

As we commemorate the triumph and influence of these enduring melodies, it becomes clear that the heart of hip-hop resides in its capacity to unite a variety of voices and artistic styles. These collaborative endeavors stand as a tribute to the genre’s storied legacy and its ongoing progression, challenging the frontiers of creativity and pioneering innovation.

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