When the Remy Ma vs. Nicki Minaj beef hit its peak with the release of Remy’s “SHether,” it was met by the female audience with mixed reviews. While some women saw it to be entertaining and true to the hip hop culture, others found the back and forth disheartening and expressed their desire for more unity amongst women. Regarding the latter perspective, it has been awhile since the entertainment industry has been blessed with a multitude of female collaborations in music. Fortunately, Nicki’s work with Ariana Grande and Beyonce has prevented music fans from experiencing complete withdrawal, but there is definitely more room and quite frankly, a need, for more estrogen-type alliances. Here are some of the female collaborations we would love to see come to fruition.
Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj
Despite these rappers’ current beef, there is nothing wrong with hoping the two could one day put their differences aside and come together. Jay-Z and Nas diffused their feud even after Nas released “Ether,” and considering Remy’s song is a playoff of that particular track, maybe we could hope the same for Nicki and Remy in the future. A reach? Well, it shouldn’t be ruled out completely.
Ariana Grande and Mariah Carey
Since being introduced to Ariana Grande, many people have compared her voice to that of Mariah’s, since they are both very much similar in range and tone. Could you imagine the beautiful ballads that would be a result of their flawless voices? With years in the industry, Mariah doesn’t look like she’s quite ready to pass her torch down to anyone, but a song with Ariana would be a nice and indirect way for her to acknowledge the talent of the next generation.
Beyonce and Adele
When Adele’s 25 won Album of the Year over Beyonce’s Lemonade at this year’s Grammy Awards, many people found themselves conflicted. People thought Beyonce was robbed. Lemonade not only gave us great music, but it helped to incite discussions about politics, race and feminism. However, Adele did give us some great music as well. When two great artists are pinned against each other in a category like this, what better way to solve the problem than by having them collaborate on a track that could be nominated for an award they can both win together?
Remy Ma and Cardi B
A Remy Ma and Cardi B collaboration has the potential to be a good one. The women have a very raw and aggressive approach to rapping and they are castmates on “Love and Hip Hop NY.” A record about growing up in the Bronx and overcoming other personal situations would be interesting to hear from two different perspectives: Remy being the older seasoned rapper with a rocky past and Cardi B, a rapper on the come-up who had to strip as means of survival. Mhmm…this could be deep and insightful!
Keyshia Cole and Mary J. Blige
If there is anything these two R&B stars have in common, it’s that they use their heartbreaks as fuel to make some great music. “I’m very happy to have been compared to such a wonderful woman, a strong woman,” Keyshia Cole said in a 2012 interview in response to comparisons with Mary. “The only thing that I would’ve changed, that I am now here to do for those that come after me, is to lend a helping hand.” Since then, there hasn’t been much reported on their relationship, but a picture the two took together in 2015. It seems that’s enough confirmation that there is no rivalry between them, so can someone get them together in a studio to make some boy-bashing tracks that will resonate with the brokenhearted women in the world?
Rihanna and Nicki Minaj
Rihanna and Nicki may have already collaborated in the past for “Fly” off Nicki’s Pink Friday album, but we must admit that a “Work” remix with a verse from Nicki would have surely been dope. The two should work on a song with Caribbean influences; one where they rap and sing in their patois, all while getting girls to whine to a reggae inspired beat.
Solange and Erykah Badu
Solange Knowles and Erykah Badu have successfully created music with their own sound, both of which incorporate soul with past, modern day, and futuristic influences. Hearing the two come together on a track would be not only amazing, but moving to the soul!
The moral of the story is, wonderful music is created through the synergy of female musicians, and it embodies women empowerment. It’s about time for some U.N.I.T.Y (Queen Latifah’s voice).
Written By: Sweenie Saint-Vil