Even though a solo single gives an artist their time to shine, sometimes there's nothing better than the perfect collaboration. In celebration of the hip-hop and R&B artists who have opened the velvet rope and added musical peers to their song guest list, the BoomBox put together 25 favorite video collaborations, in no particular order. From Kanye West to Rakim, all grounds are covered, celebrating the new and paying homage to the legendary. 'No Diggity,' Blackstreet ft. Queen Pen & Dr. Dre
Blackstreet frontman Teddy Riley is known for creating the "new jack swing" era of the early '90s, but when he and his group members released 'No Diggity' in 1996, they took things to a whole new level. The Grammy-winning single was made sweeter with the addition of Queen Pen, whose raspy yet feminine flow made her a standout competitor next to hip-hop veteran Dr. Dre's bars, while the Hype Williams-directed video was a quintessential sign of the times.
'Monster,' Kanye West Featuring Rick Ross, Jay-Z & Nicki Minaj
Love him or hate him but when it comes to Kanye West, the music speaks for itself. Banding together hip-hop's all-star MCs -- Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj -- West unleashed his lyrical fury on this self-produced track originally released as a G.O.O.D. Friday weekly offering. The eye-catching music video complete with necrophilia, ghouls, goblins and a very sexy Minaj-on-Minaj lap dance, will go down as the perfect visual interpretation to a 'Monster' hit.
'Flava in Ya Ear (Remix),' Craig Mack