This one is tough. Kendrick Lamar is one of the most talked about rappers right now and his sophomore album is going to be one of the most anticipated albums of 2014. The world is his oyster and he could get in the lab with anyone. But if we had to play imaginary A&R, we'd throw him in the studio with Hit-Boy.
The two worked magic with the excellent "Backseat Freestyle" which shows just how great a duo they can be. But really, we'd put them together because Hit-Boy's beats have a nice mix of big hits like The Throne's "Niggas In Paris," G.O.O.D. Music's "Clique," and Lil Wayne's "Drop The World" and lyrical bangers like A$AP Rocky's "1 Train" (which Kendrick, of course blacked out on) and Pusha T's "My God." In other words, it could give Kendrick the musical canvas to get a few Top 40 hits but also rap like a lyrical maniac. All we could ever ask for! — Insanul Ahmed
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