Best Collaboration Record of 2012
When you're one of the top two artists in the rap game, and your inner circle also contains the other member of that top two, it's hardly fair to judge others by your coterie's standards. That said, there wasn't anybody f*cking with Kanye West's Clique in 2012. The fourth single off Cruel Summer reunited Yeezy with Watch the Throne partner-in-rhyme Jay-Z over stark, bass-heavy boardwork by the aptly-named Hit-Boy. That's already one hell of a collabo, but the record's premise demands an appearance from at least one other member of the G.O.O.D. Music stable; Big Sean's flossed-out middle verse is just the finishing touch needed to make this cut the ensemble jam of the year.
Getting Drake on your track? That's a big deal. Getting Drake and 2 Chainz? A bigger deal. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar? Now we're talking one of the biggest collaborations of the game, and with A$AP Rocky leading the way, you just knew F*ckin' Problems was going to be, well, a f*cking problem. Noah "40" Shebib provided the set up on the beat and each emcee knocked their verse down just as we hoped they would - now that's f*cking teamwork.