Critics Reveal Ariana Grande’s Best Hip-Hop Collaborations

by Ivana Hamilton February 21, 2019

Critics Reveal Ariana Grande’s Best Hip-Hop Collaborations

On January 18, 2019, Ariana Grande dropped “7 rings” as a part of her fifth upcoming studio album “Thank U, Next.” This song is currently No.1 on Billboard 100. Just weeks after the official release, the pop-singer shared a remix of “7 rings” featuring rapper 2 Chainz. The new song samples his 2011 track “Spend it.” Ariana Grande is a regular visitor to the Billboard 100 both alone or accompanied by some of her pals from the world of music. In honor of the singer’s newest remix with 2 Chainz, critics have ranked her top five hip-hop collaborations.

5. "Break Your Heart Right Back," feat. Childish Gambino

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“Break Your Heart Right Back” featuring Childish Gambino is not one of those songs that got everyone obsessed. According to the critics, this record deserves a spot among Ariana Grande’s top hip-hop collaborations. The singer herself admitted that this is her second favorite song from the 2014 “My Everything” album. The song is about a guy who cheats her with another guy.

Rumors were circulating that Grande sings about her ex-boyfriend, Jai Brooks, but she denied those speculations. The collaborative song samples “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross as well as “Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G. Back in 2014, Childish Gambino revealed that “Break Your Heart Right Back” was love on the first sight for him and Grande.

4. "Problem," feat. Iggy Azalea

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“Problem” is another 2014 collaboration that made it on the top five list. Iggy Azalea was one of the hottest female rappers at that time releasing hit after hit. Ariana Grande recognized Iggy’s hit-making potential and invited her to collaborate on a song on her second studio album “My Everything. Iggy Azalea’s part infuses this dance-pop piece with a dose of R&B vibe.

The melody is an interesting blend of drums, trumpets, and saxophones. When it comes to the lyrics, the singer has described the song as “the feeling of being absolutely terrified to re-approach a relationship that’s gone too sour - but you want to more than anything.” The single was a huge success, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

3. "Side to Side," feat. Nicki Minaj

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The ultra-popular song “Side to Side” featuring Nicki Minaj is part of Ariana Grande’s third studio album “Dangerous Woman,” released in 2016. The reggae-pop beats together with the cheeky lyrics proved to be a winning combo. In this song, Grande and Minaj talk about their sexual temptations. To match the theme of the song, the two ladies recorded a dangerously sexy video filled with steamy scenes and shirtless men. Rob Sheffield of Rollin Stone magazine described “Side to Side” as “an ode to having so much sex you can’t walk straight the next day.”

The song made it to No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj have worked on two other collaborations: the 2014 pop smash “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and the 2018 promotional single “The Light is Coming.”

2. "Right There," feat. Big Sean

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Grande’s “Right There” features her then-beau Big Sean. The lovebirds were singing about endless love and romance:

And I’ll never let you go

You should know

I’m never gonna change

I’m always gonna stay

Despite the promising lyrics, Ariana Grande and Big Sean called it quits after nine months of dating. However, according to critics “Right There,” is alive and well! The then-couple also collaborated on two other songs "Best Mistake" and "Research." “Right There” is a throwback to the ‘90s R&B music, a sound that that’s all over her debut studio album “Yours Truly.” Ariana Grande considered this song as the "the sequel" to "With You," the first single from the album.

1."The Way," feat. Mac Miller

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Critics state that “The Way” is the best Ariana Grande’s hip-hop collaboration. The song is also a part of the debut studio album “Yours Truly and has gone triple-platinum. The backing track samples Brenda Russell's 1979 song "A Little Bit of Love. Lyrically and melodically the song also reminds of Big Pun's 1998 song "Still Not a Player."

The music video sparked rumors of a possible romantic connection between Ariana Grande and Mac Miller. The video shows the two stars kissing and flirting with each other. They denied the rumors back then but three years later confirmed their relationship. Apparently, the collaboration on Miller’s “My Favorite Part” in 2016 led to a romance that would last about two years. In May 2018, Ariana Grande announced their split via an emotional Instagram story. Mac Miller died months after the breakup of an accidental overdose.

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