Top Ten Collaborations Between American and German Hip Hop ArtistsAmerican hip hop and German hip hop are usually different worlds. They have a different history, a different sound, a different focus, a different reception, different fanbases, different trends, different gimmicks, even different types of people behind the music, and so on. Both of them, however, use rapping. Duh. And this is enough to justify a few collaborations between the two countries hip hop-wise. Back in the early 2000s when German hip hop just started becoming mainstream, a feature from an American rapper was seen as an honor, nowadays people sometimes feel the bilingual tracks with widely different flows feel a bit odd and out of place. But this needn't always be the case. Some actually came out pretty well.
The Top Ten
Both Kollegah and The Game have a cool, slow delivery on the spheric, mystical beat. What they essentially offer are two different interpretations of the same beat. Neither of them mentions the other in their verse(s) and it kind of doesn't feel as if they were in the same room (unlike, for example, when Kollegah raps with German horrorcore rapper Favorite, who has a different style, but you always get the feeling they developed the song together), but both of them do a great job on their own. Another highlight from the wonderful "King" album. - Martin_Canine
Melbeatz is a German hip hop producer who was big in the early 2000s just before Bushido made the genre mainstream and put gangsta rap on the map. She most infamously produced for Kool Savas and young Eko Fresh. Her beats were one of the few that were actually similar to American hip hop, having more of a smooth RnB outfit than the dark sinister orchestral beats that would become German hip hop's trademark sound.
Melbeatz produced an album for singer Valezka, but she quit just before recording started. So Melbeatz had a bunch of beats left from that session and released them as her own album, with several different artists providing vocals, one of them being young Kanye West, back in 2004. - Martin_Canine
On the German deluxe box set edition of the "Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf" album by The Game, there is a bonus version of the track "Or Nah" on whch the verse by AV was replaced by a verse by Kollegah with whom The Game collaborated a few months before on his album "King". Some people claimed his flow and lyrical style doesn't fit on the American beat (Kollegah's earlier records were eurodance inspired and his more recent ones were orchestral and blockbuster-ish), but I disagree. He does a great job in this line-up of awesome rappers. - Martin_Canine
I must say... Writer's and Bushido's flows work together very well, and on that sinister beat both sound pretty menacing. What I don't like is that Bushido mentions in the chorus that he has an American feature on the track. Considering Bushido is by far Germany's most successful and probably most respected rapper, it makes him appear like a fanboy. He should rather call Writer his homie or something like that. - Martin_Canine
I must say that if there is one German rapper on whose songs American features sound most natural, it's Eko Fresh, because he openly calls American hip hop his muse and his more light hearted songs have a certain Missy Elliott-like feel to it. His deeper tracks are usually a bit different, they have more "German beats", that are moody and use instruments such as strings or flutes, and some are inspired by traditional Turkish music. This song is somewhere in between. It's not "deep" in the sense of conscious rap, but it has a very dramatic atmosphere - and both the German and the American raps work perfectly on the beat. - Martin_Canine
This one is a bit weird, because DMX's verse on this 2015 song has been heard before as a guest verse on Junior Reid's 2006 song "Bad Boys". But it's not credited as a sample, but he is listed as a featured artist, so I guess it counts.
Also: despite it's a recycled verse, it perfectly plays together with the beat and Kay One's rapping. It's unusually harmonic for an American/German hip hop collaboration. - Martin_Canine
This song is from "Der beste Tag meines Lebens", a historical German hip hop album from 2001 every fan of the genre should know. It was produced by Melbeatz whose beats indeed do resemble American hip hop a little bit. Now something odd happens: both Royce and Tre sounds perfect on the beat, but Kool Savas, sandwiched between the verses of the other two, sounds a bit out of place, even though he delivers a wonderfully performed verse with a fitting flow, but the fact that he - as usually - doubles his voice so it sounds like two Kool Savas rap at the same while the other two don't sounds a bit odd. - Martin_Canine
Song goes so hard, they both kill it