Dua Lipa & Megan Thee Stallion have come through with their new collaboration Sweetest Pie. It's the latest installment in a decade that has been all about the all-female collab. From Ariana Grande's Rain On Me to Meg and Cardi B's WAP, the top of the charts are filled with these kind of collaborations. Time will tell whether Sweetest Pie makes it to the top but it's got us thinking about the moments this decade where a pop girl and a rap girl teamed for a genre-defying collaboration. Here's a rundown of our favourites so far.
Dua Lipa & Megan Thee Stallion - Sweetest Pie
Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion are two of the main pop girls right now so a collab was always going to set the internet alight. And it has. Sweetest Pie has a little slice of disco, a little slice of '80s hip-hop and a big dollop of personality from both parties. It also comes with an instantly iconic video directed by Dave Meyers.
Lizzo - Rumors (Feat. Cardi B)
Lizzo and Cardi B always seemed like they would be a perfect pair on paper but they really proved it with 2021's Rumors. It was Lizzo's first single since her breakout album Cuz I Love You and she came through with the budget. The video is an all-female Hercules featuring a then-pregnant Cardi B. "Teach me about big girl coochie," is an A-grade Cardi line.
Little Mix - Confetti (Feat. Saweetie)
Little Mix have teamed up with Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott in the past but they went with Saweetie for the remix of Confetti - the title track of their sixth album. The accompanying video is brilliant, featuring Little Mix dressed as male versions of themselves, but Saweetie's verse also elevates.
Doja Cat - Say So (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj's Say So was the first all-female rap collab to hit the top spot on the Billboard 100, winning in a tough battle with Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé's Savage. Minaj took Doja Cat's '70s-tinged hit and took it somewhere else with her '80s-referencing beat-switch. "Every time I take a break the game be so boring," Minaj rapped in one her first verses for a while.
Megan Thee Stallion - Savage (Remix Feat. Beyoncé)
The second place getter in the aforementioned battle eventually hit number one and also collected a Grammy for good reason. Texans Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé are a natural fit and they proved it with an all-time collab. Beyoncé brought bars and harmonies forcing Meg to go back and record new parts to Savage which had already been released on her Suga project. An unbelievable moment in pop culture.
Doja Cat & SZA - Kiss Me More
Doja Cat and SZA felt like a second attempt at recapturing the magic of Say So upon release but over time it eclipsed it. It's a slippery, effortless track that melds Doja Cat and SZA's voices together perfectly. SZA deliver A-grade vocals while Doja handles the rap verses with some of the most likable bars we've heard this decade.
Saweetie - Closer (Feat. H.E.R.)
While we're on that '70s tip, we're going to shout out the new Saweetie single that employs a sugary hook courtesy of H.E.R. This is a new lane for both artists but they body it, bringing both sensuality and power to the table. H.E.R.'s chorus is sultry while Saweetie's verses and cheeky and forthright. It's the sort of song that instantly sounds like expensive champagne.
Mahalia - Jealous (Feat. Rico Nasty)
Mahalia continues to level-up with her confidence in her music and Jealous felt like a real arrival for her. Going back to early '00s Matrix vibes, she pulled out the shiny black latex for her hit with Rico Nasty. It's Rico who really surprises here coming through with one of her most melodic verses yet. Two of the best doing it right now.
Ariana Grande - 34+35 (Feat. Doja Cat & Megan Thee Stallion)
Ariana Grande had already collaborated with Doja Cat on Positions with Motive but she went back for more. She recruited both Doja and Megan Thee Stallion for a remix of 34+35. It's the perfect combination, bringing together two women who have absolutely no filter on a song that takes it straight to the bedroom. "Come make the cat purr, come make my back hurt," Doja raps while Megan adds, "This pussy good for your health, call it superfood."
Normani - Wild Side (Feat. Cardi B)
Word has it that when Cardi B delivered her verse for Normani's 2021 hit Wild Side, Normani asked her to go back and make it dirtier. "It's my dick and I want it know," Cardi raps in the final version making it pretty clear that she took on Normani's notes. Wild Side has a confidence we've never seen on Normani and Cardi obviously matches that with a supremely charismatic verse. A great moment for both of them.