Linkin Park's 5 Best Hip-Hop Collaborations
Since Linkin Park's 2000 debut album Hybrid Theory, the band has proven unafraid to tap into various genres -- especially hip-hop. Because of their love for experimentation, Linkin Park always left their imprint on every song they tackled. In 2004, they made a huge splash in music when they teamed up with JAY-Z for the collaborative EP Collision Course, topping the Billboard 200 in its debut week.
Take a look at some of Linkin Park's best rap collaborations below:
Linkin Park feat. Rakim - "Guilty All the Same"
Though the God MC rarely hands out guest verses, he drooled at the thought of teaming up with one of his favorite rock bands. In 2014, the group enlisted Rakim for the track "Guilty All the Same" as part of their album The Hunting Party. In an interview with XXL in 2014, Rakim gave Linkin Park glowing reviews regarding their musicianship. “I got a lot of respect for Linkin Park,” he said. “I’ve been a fan since they came out.”
Busta Rhymes feat. Linkin Park - "We Made It"
Originally slated to appear on Busta Rhymes' eighth album Back on My B.S., "We Made It" was a victorious anthem that found the veteran MC speaking on his triumphs. With Chester Bennington delivering an empowering hook, Rhymes and Linkin's Park Mike Shinoda penned edgy verses to make the record a poignant one. They even shot a video for "We Made It," despite the song not making it on Back on My B.S.
JAY-Z & Linkin Park - "Numb"/"Encore"
In 2004, JAY-Z joined forces with Linkin Park to release the collaborative EP Collision Course. The tandem mashed up their respective classics and whipped up a new batch of records for their core demographics. The rap/rock fusion lured in fans from both genres and scored a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. The album also spawned a No.1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Numb/Encore." Later, the record would clinch a Grammy in 2006 for best rap/sung collaboration.
Linkin Park feat. Stormzy & Pusha T - "Good Goodbye"
Even in 2017, Linkin Park's affinity for hip-hop remains intact. For their latest album, One More Light, Linkin Park tag-teamed with U.K. grime star Stormzy and Pusha T for the single "Good Goodbye." The storied band allowed the MCs to dive into their world and feast on the rock-laden track. "Wings up, now I'm airborne/ King Push, they got a chair for him/ Make way for the new queen/ The old lineup, where they cheer for 'em," spits Pusha T.
Interestingly enough, Shinoda revealed to Genius that the song was inspired by his love for basketball. "I’m a basketball fan," he said. "When I was writing this song, I wanted to capture that moment at the game when someone fouls out, and the cheerleaders sing and kick out the ejected player."
Bennington added: "We wanted this song to apply to two things at the same time: Someone getting kicked out of a game and someone getting out of a bad relationship."
X-Ecutioners feat. Linkin Park - "It's Goin' Down"
The X-Ecutioners' 2002 album Built for Scratch had several gems, most notably their collaboration with Linkin Park titled "It's Goin' Down." With the notorious DJ crew shredding the turntables, this allowed Shinoda to engage in some lyrical warfare. "The combination of a vocal caress/ With lungs that gasp for breath from emotional stress with special effects/ And a distorted collage/ Carefully lodged between beats of rhythmic barrage," he rapped.