From Marvin & Tammy To Big Sean & Jhene Aiko: 9 Modern Day Musical Duos

January 2, 2017  |  
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Back in the day, it was Marvin and Tammy, Teena and Rick, Kid n’ Play, and of course we can’t forget Nick and Valerie.

There’s something to be said about the collaboration of two talented artists. And while many of the following dynamic duos might not achieve, legendary iconic status for their work together, they certainly had their moment or two. And for that, we have to give props.


Nelly and Kelly

They wore “Dilemma” out didn’t they? And as tired as I got listening to that song, by the end of it, when Kelly takes center stage I can’t help but sing along.

Avant and Keke Wyatt

If you watched “R&B Divas,” you may remember there was a moment when Keke resented the fact that she was known as “the girl who sings with Avant.” But when they teamed up for “You & I”, their latest collabo, she had to admit that she’s proud that her name has been associated with his.

Bey and Jay

Even before we knew they were officially a couple, we could see the chemistry between Beyoncé and Jay Z. A handful of songs together, the On The Run tour and of course their greatest collaboration, Blue Ivy, and it’s clear that of any duo on this list, these two might just go down in history as an iconic pair.

Ashanti and JaRule

Perhaps these two had a little too much chemistry. We’ve all heard the rumors, that were particularly problematic since Ja Rule was and still is married. Either way, whatever was going on behind closed doors, we’re thankful that their music soundtracked the early 2000s.


Lil Mo and Fabolous

If you ask me, Fabolous should really do a lot more R&B features. Who can forget his work with Tamia. But before her, he was always working with that around the way girl, Lil Mo. These two have hits for days and still come out and support each other on stage when it’s time to tour.

Nate Dogg and any West Coast Rapper

Nate Dogg is something like the prequel to Anthony Hamilton but with a harder, more quiet gangster flare to him. His soulful vocals made any and every song he was a part of infinitely better.


Missy and Timbaland

The two buddies from Virginia. The list of the collaborations that we know of from these two are numerous. So who knows how much stuff they never released. We were so used to them being on the track together that we didn’t even need Missy to call his name after a certain point. It was just understood. This song from Missy’s debut album Supa Dupa Fly is one of my absolute favorites.


Big Sean and Jhene Aiko

When I first heard that Big Sean and Jhene Aiko were coming together to work on an album, I was hesitant, to say the least. But after listening, I actually ended up buying a few of their songs. Something about the sound of their voices together just works. And they’re pretty adorable as a couple as well.


Kendrick and J Cole

There’s a reason these two have Hip-Hop heads across the world waiting with baited breath for this album. As two of the strongest lyrical rappers in the game right now, it’s guaranteed to make you jam and think.


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