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Music is a fluid thing, crossing over genres, sub-genres, and stereotypes everyday. Still, some collabs catch even the most eclectic music lovers off guard… like the time Darryl McDaniels (a founding member of the hip-hop group Run–D.M.C.) and Sarah McLachlan (the singer from those ASPCA commercials) collabed on “Just Like Me.” Who honestly saw that one coming?
McLachlan and McDaniels weren’t the first nor the last pair of unlikely musicians to end up on a song together. Here are the most WTF collaborations of 2017.
Carly Rae Jepsen & Lil Yatchy
Accompanied by a Target themed music video — because this collab is Target sponsored — Carly Rae Jepsen and Lil Yatchy’s track “It Takes Two” is an ode to the 1988 version by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock.
Produced by Mike Will Made-It, the song debuted during the Grammy’s live broadcast earlier this year.
Eminem & Beyoncé
When Eminem scored a feature with Beyoncé for “Walk On Water,” it was so wild that it made headlines for days. The song was one of two singles preluding the rapper’s highly anticipated album, Revival.
During an interview for Rick Rubin’s Broken Record, a podcast started by the producer to “tell stories about music,” fans learned how this collab came to exist. As fate would have it, Rubin played the record for Jay-Z, knowing that he would identify with its message. Jay-Z then sent it to his wife Beyoncé, whose vocals perfectly match the song’s vibe, ending in one killer track.
Beyonce & Ed Sheeran
And speaking of Beyoncé… She shocked the Beyhive again with the release of her and Ed Sheehan’s collab. “Perfect Duet” is the remix of Ed’s “Perfect,” which topped the Billboard charts all on its own.
The English singer shared the details of working with Queen Bey on Entertainment Tonight‘s Keltie Knight at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball early this December. According to Sheeran, him and Beyoncé worked for about four hours, then Beyonce went in to record her vocals. Of course, it only took one take.