Written by brokencool writer @SlavaP
Part of the beauty in hip-hop is the camaraderie. It's not uncommon for two artists to meet unexpectedly, get to know each other, grow a mutual respect, and promise the general public a collaborative project. Sometimes these promises will materialize and turn out to be nothing more than a disposable mixtape (Fan Of A Fan) or an off-balance, reggae-fusion studio album (Distant Relatives). On the flip-side, sometimes you get Watch The Throne. But more often than not, these dream-duos don't even see the light of day. The list of canceled projects that resulted from a loss of chemistry or, just general laziness includes; I Can't Feel My Face, Nas-dot-com and Bugatti Boys; all of which are crucial to the evolution of hip-hop's landscape. So to pay respect to the fallen and forgotten, here are five more mixtapes that the industry doesn't want you to hear.
2 Chainz - Big Sean
After experiencing instant chemistry while working on G.O.O.D. Music's 'Mercy', 2 Chainz and Big Sean locked themselves in a studio for hours to craft this 12 track mixtape that was set to be released for free online. The first six tracks consist solely of ad-lib exchanges set to Lex Luger beats but on the second half, things get serious as Big Sean reminds us he's from Detroit and 2 Chainz tells us he is from Atlanta. The dispute as to whether or not 2 Bois would drop came from 2 Chainz insisting on Big Sean's name not being on the cover, or in anyway attached to the album.
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A$AP Rocky - scHoolboy Q
To capitalize on the popularity of their 'Hand On The Wheel' record, this collaborative project was agreed upon by both camps almost immediately. However, while in the studio scHoolboy Q accidentally fell asleep on the couch with a lit cigarette and production has been on hold ever since. Fortunately Rocky was not there during the blaze, as he was out looking for his green bandanna.
Danny Brown - MGK
Looking to cash in on the internet's recent love affair with blue-collar grunge rap, Machine Gun Kelly and Danny Brown took a brief sabbatical from starting tire-fires to get in the booth and record Corolla Boys. A stripped-down eight track effort, Corolla Boys shines a spotlight on the often-ignored benefits of growing up poor. For example, track two is a powerful ode to white tank tops, while track four lays out all the benefits available to you if you know how to properly take the rims off a car without setting off the alarm. Corolla Boys is set to come out whenever Danny or Kelly pay the engineer, so likely never.
Banned In Canada
Young Jeezy - The Game
The rest of Young Jeezy's Canadian tour was canceled after his appearance motivated enough Canadians to go out and illegally purchase guns, but that doesn't mean that the snowman is out of business. Ever since being detained for hours while crossing the border in 2011, The Game has also harbored a grudge on The North and with Jeezy's expulsion, the two met to create a full-length tape denouncing everything that Canadians hold dear. Though the tape features club-ready bangers like "Fuck Yo Bacon" and "I Don't (Health)Care", the project was ultimately put on hold due to The Game's vivid and unacceptable descriptions of what he would do to Justin Beiber's girlfriend with maple syrup.
The Hunger Games
Wiz Khalifa - Action Bronson
This unlikely duo linked up accidentally after the super-high Wiz started having a conversation with Bronson at a party, believing him to be a "healthier looking" Rick Ross. The only concept album of the bunch, The Hunger Games will take listeners on a journey as Action Bronson raps about preparing exotic and delicious food for Wiz Khalifa while Wiz Khalifa raps about not eating it. Oh, and smoking weed. Hosted by Amber Rose and Emeril Lagasse, look for The Hunger Games to drop in the next few weeks.