In honor of Miley and Tyler, here are 12 collaborations that we never saw coming.
Limp Bizkit and Method Man, "N 2 Gether Now"
To be fair, this "Significant Other" single has a pretty sick sample, and Method Man delivers a reliably solid guest verse. But listening to Fred Durst spit rhymes on "N 2 Gether Now" ("Where we gonna run/Maybe we can meet up on the sun!") is still a cringeworthy experience. Stick to "Break Stuff," buddy.
Jay-Z and Chris Martin, "Beach Chair"
One year before Kanye West recruited the Coldplay singer to provide the hook for "Homecoming," Chris Martin teamed up with Hov for the closing track on 2006's lackluster "Kingdom Come." The two talents on "Beach Chair" should work well in theory, but the song has no punch to it.
Public Enemy and Anthrax, "Bring The Noise"
One of the best songs on "It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back" gets the rap-rock treatment by Anthrax, a band that got a shout-out in the original. "Bring The Noise" tries to inject more head-banging into a classic hip-hop track -- never a great move.
Jonas Brothers and Common, "Don't Charge Me for the Crime"
Who doesn't love the Jonas Brothers' Disney-approved pop-rock antics and Common's wise street poetry? Sadly, this mash-up of the two styles played out like oil and water -- although it did confirm once and for all that, despite the opinions of conservative talking heads, Common is not a controversial hip-hop figure.
Jack White and Insane Clown Posse, "Leck Mich Im Arsch"
A 7-inch single in which Insane Clown Posse raps over a Jack White-produced song that interpolates an obscure Mozart piece that translates to "Lick me in the arse" sounds, not surprisingly, like a 7-inch single in which Insane Clown Posse raps over a Jack White-produced song that interpolates an obscure Mozart piece that translates to "Lick me in the arse."
Weezer and Lil Wayne, "Can't Stop Partying"
Remember when Rivers Cuomo wrote intimate, biting alt-rock songs like "Say It Ain't So" and "Tired of Sex"? With this "Raditude" cut," Weezer firmly declared that those days were long behind them.
DMX and Marilyn Manson, "The Omen"
Teaming up for the sequel to "It's Dark and Hell is Hot" track "Damien," "The Omen" is the meeting of two particularly angry minds, and a song that is wholly unsettling. This sounds like it was a really weird studio session, with results that should have been kept under lock and key.