Jay-Z’s 6 Most Off-The-Wall Collaborations, From Linkin Park To Blue Ivy Carter

Emily Zemler | July 4, 2013 5:30 am

Jay-Z is a master of collaboration. Just look at his back catalog for proof of the massive list of artists he’s worked with. But while Hova’s features with Kanye West, Rihanna and his wife Beyonce are interesting and make for great singles, the rapper hasn’t always made the most usual choices when it comes to collaboration. In fact, he’s made some pretty weird decisions that have yielded some pretty weird songs. From Linkin Park to Lenny Kravitz to his mom, Jay-Z has taken the road less traveled when it comes to collabs — for better or worse. Below we lay out six of his strangest.

Linkin Park, Collision Course (2004)

This 21-minute album is basically a collection of mash-ups combining Linkin Park’s pop metal aggression and Jay-Z fast-talking rhymes. The disc, produced by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, sold over 5 million copies, which is apparently the number of people in the world who equally like hip-hop and Chester Bennington.