This is a very specific post. It’s a list of my three favorite male-male live music collaborations, the best performances. I just thought of it while watching YouTube this morning while trying to wake up for the day (we don’t drink coffee). It doesn’t include every performance; it’s the first three that popped into my head but they did for a reason. They are three of my favorite songs of all time, easily top 100 list for each. Potentially top 10 and probably top 20. Here they are, in order, and why.
1. MOBO 2007 – Kano ft. Craig David – This is the Girl:
First of all, this is the second most played song of all time
on my iTunes, out of well over 8000 songs over the past seven-ish years. Kano is one of the most underrated rappers ever, and in my opinion, the best
out of the U.K. Off his London Town album, this track has a great energy
to it and I can use it in any workout. Nothing vulgar, not a bad message. It’s classy
. And it has Craig David
on it, arguably my favorite
artist of all time. Born to Do It
is my favorite album of all time and was ranked the 2nd best album ever
by MTV viewers in a large poll. As for the performance, it’s pretty simple. Some flashy lights and big screens, but mainly these two guys just going at it. No lip syncing, no faking… this is top notch live performing just the way everyone should do it.
2. The King Stays King Sold Out at Madison Square Garden – Romeo Santos ft. Usher – Promise:
This 75% Spanish/25% Englis
h bachata based love song was my song of the year for 2011 along with the last live performance. It makes sense that they both make the list then, since they are fresh in my mind. Romeo Santos
, the lead singer of Aventura
(band of Dominican boys from the Bronx
), is a large man with a soft delicate voice that comes out of nowhere. He is the king of modern bachata
and royalty in New York City. Not everyone can sell out MSG: it’s big
, especially in this economy.
Usher can dance and his style and voice fits bachata nice as well. So what makes this performance worthy of the list other than the fact that I like the song. It was at the end of the concert and no one actually knew Usher was coming. Everyone went crazy when he emerged from under the stage. They both brought top notch vocals, the band has great skill and energy, tons of smooth dance moves and the two worked off one another, harmonizing beautifully. At one point, about four minutes into the over ten minute performance, the band breaks it down and everything melts like butter. One of the best moments in a live performance I have ever seen. Good work, boys, keep making teenage girls across the country happy.
3. SBS Inkigayo 2011/10/30 – Tablo ft. Taeyang – Tomorrow
: This performance is on the top three list more so because of its significance than anything else. This is one of my favorite songs, and top two from 2011 along with Promise, but this isn’t the best possible performance they could have done. Tablo
, the leader of Korea’s “founding” rap group Epik High
, had some background tracks running throughout his verses. I did like how they made it seem that Taeyang
, Big Bang’s
smooth moving and singing heart throb, wasn’t actually there as they were just using the film from the music video. When he came out for the last minute it made it that much better.
This was so exciting because it was Tablo’s first release after signing with YG, my favorite Korean music label. When the two “dapped” (NY’s terminology for the hand shake hug) it signified Tablo’s joining of YG with one of YG’s most popular and marketable artists. Throw a little big of Taeyang’s dancing and vocals in there, along with Tablo’s lyrics and style and this was one great moment on Inkigayo. (Inkigayo is a weekly television show with small audiences that features popular artists and songs in Korea at the time.)
So there you have it, top three live male-male crossover collaborations. I’m not surprised there is an English, Spanish, and Korean song. Maybe if MC Solaar and Garou threw something together there would have been a French one too.
Cheers! Listen and love your music and don’t let anyone tell you to stop listening to something you like!