Gunna has gone from Young Thug’s protege to bonafide rap star in less than three years’ time. Tag-teaming with fellow ATL staple Lil Baby, the artist born Sergio Kitchens has been at the forefront of a new pack of Atlanta rappers leading the cultural conversation — and he’s even redefined how we “drip” in the process, thanks to his lavish raps and array of tight designer fits.
With a series of mixtapes and one studio LP under his belt, Gunna has entered America’s mainstream in part due to his ability as a prolific collaborator, which has resulted in numerous show-stealing performances. Whether that’s handling silky chorus duties on Travis Scott‘s “YOSEMITE,” or letting the hip-hop community know there’s a changing of the guard coming on “Drip Too Hard,” the 26-year-old’s affluent rhymes can sound at home on just about any new record.
Prior to his performance next Thursday (Sept. 19) in his hometown as part of the Billboard Hip-Hop Live series, we break down the 10 best collaborations in Gunna’s discography thus far.
10. Moneybagg Yo Feat. Gunna, “Dior”
As both are lovers of high fashion, it was only right that Moneybagg Yo and Gunna linked up for the flashy “Dior,” off Bag’s 43VA HEARTLESS project. The Atlanta native rides the icy piano keys for another swaggering assist. Even though it’s technically Bag’s record, Gunna is really the one setting the tone by handling the first half of the chorus and opening verse.
9. 21 Savage Feat. Gunna, “Can’t Leave Without It”
Gunna shows some range with his content on 21 Savage‘s i am > i was fan favorite, as he switches up his flow to a woozy whisper on the menacing Wheezy-produced heater. Gunna traded in his usual rhymes about materialistic items to get candid about his rags-to-riches story: “We don’t abide by the law/ You don’t know what I just saw/ Can’t leave without it/ I keep a stick for the war,” he raps.
8. Chris Brown Feat. Gunna, “Heat”
Not one to typically collaborate with R&B artists, Gunna widened his pallette to clash with Breezy on “Heat,” which rose as the cream of the crop on Brown’s Indigo album. With this being their first collab, the duo’s chemistry worked better than most would think. Following the release of a memorable visual, which saw the duo as employees at a designer clothing store, “Heat” hit No. 77 on the Hot 100.
7. Lil Durk Feat. Gunna & YK Kravitz, “Home Body”
After picking up serious steam on his Just Cause Y’all Waited project, Lil Durk made sure “Home Body” also landed on Signed to the Streets 3 later in 2018. Gunna somehow compares the women in his life to his fleet of sports cars: “My whips just like my women, ’cause they all exotic,” he raps. There’s no stopping the self-proclaimed fashion god.
6. Gunna Feat. Young Thug & Lil Baby, “Oh Okay”
Following the release of Drip Season 3, Gunna was officially on the radar of most rap obsessives. “Oh Okay” showed that the doors of mainstream hip-hop were about to be busted open. Throughout his slurry raps, the ATLien finds his pocket of space and operates with precision: “Young Gunna Gunna, I’m in my prime/ Hey, so authentic, I ain’t tellin’ you lies,” he rhymes. Thugger, Gunna and Lil Baby could have a shared greatest-hits album by the time their careers are over.
5. Gunna Feat. Lil Baby, “Sold Out Dates”
“Sold Out Dates” could’ve easily been a lead single for a Gunna or Lil Baby project, but unfortunately, the track was leaked online, forcing the YSL artist and Baby to release the song without much promo. Either way, the string-laden tune features a thumping 808 to give the track a cinematic feel, and is a staple in both of the rappers’ discographies. This was only the tip of the iceberg, as Lil Baby warned Billboard in 2018 that they had a ton of heat in the stash.
4. Young Thug Feat. Gunna & Lil Baby, “Chanel (Go Get It)”
Remember when Hulk Hogan teamed with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to form New World Order? Now picture that being Young Thug with Lil Baby and Gunna. Bound together by a speedy chorus courtesy of Thug, Gunna’s melodic rhymes find him in familiar territory, spewing about his embarrassment of riches and prized collection of icy jewelry.
3. Gunna & Lil Baby, “Drip Too Hard”
“Drip Too Hard” lit the flame heading into the duo’s Drip Harder collaborative project. After coming into the game in similar fashion and seeing their hard work begin to pay off, it was only fitting the duo notched their first top 10 hit together. The scintillating anthem would peak at No. 4 on the Hot 100, solidifying that the Atlanta stars were here to stay.
2. Travis Scott Feat. Gunna & Nav, “YOSEMITE”
Gunna effortlessly delivers an opulent hook to set the tone for the ASTROWORLD standout, on which he brags about enjoying the fruits of his labor. La Flame would eventually dub “YOSEMITE” to be his Grammy-nominated album’s third single.
1. Young Thug Feat. Gunna, “Hot”
A new fan favorite on Thugger’s No. 1 So Much Fun album: the duo knew the song would be a smash, as they even argued over whose track it would actually be. With Thug being the boss of YSL Records, he obviously ended up winning out there. Gunna gets slimy over Wheezy’s triumphant production, while Thugger takes the baton and incorporates animal screeches into his syrupy verse, making listeners feel like they’re traveling through the Amazon. “Hot” debuted at No. 26 on the Hot 100, and marks a new high-water mark in the partnership of the two MCs.