Odd Couples: Unexpected Musical Collaborations

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  • Katy Perry and Kanye West
  • Anthrax, Public Enemy
  • Gucci Mane, Talib Kweli
  • Snoop, Katy Perry
  • RUN DMC, Aerosmith
  • Justin Bieber, R. Kelly
  • Bruno Mars, R. Kelly
  • R. Kelly, Lady Gaga
  • LL Cool J, Brad Paisley
  • Snoop Lion, Miley Cyrus
  • Katy Perry, Juicy j
  • Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah
  • Chaka Khan, 50 Cent
  • Nelly, Tim McGraw
  • Jay Z, Coldplay
  • Justie Bieber, Drake
  • Chance The Rapper, James Blake
  • KRS One, R.E.M.
  • M.O.P., L.F.O.

Run-DMC and Aerosmith

Rap's original odd couple is no doubt Run-DMC and Aerosmith. Aerosmith were a then over-the-hill rock group who'd fallen out of the spotlight, while Run-DMC were the most prominent group in rap that had yet to break through to the mainstream. But the two crews' pioneering 1986 rehash of "Walk This Way" solved both problems, resurrecting Aerosmith's faltering career and catapulting Run-DMC and rap music onto the pop charts.

(Photo: Arista Records)

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