Born Maxie Lee Ryles III, drill rapper Fivio Foreign, rose to fame in 2019 with his single "Big Drip.” The track would later receive a Lil Baby and Quavo assist remix. However, the following year proved even more prosperous after he was featured on Drake’s 2020 “Demons,” which peaked at no. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the emcee’s first Billboard-charting record.
Since then, New York has gradually become the face of the popular rap genre and has been tapped by several industry heavy hitters to guest appear on hit songs, including the likes of Kanye West and City Girls. Before this year's BET Hip Hop Awards 2022, let's check out some of his best collabs.
Kanye West — “Off the Grid”
For his tenth studio album, Donda, Grammy award-winning musician Kanye West called upon the rising rapper and fellow emcee Playboi Carti to lay verses on a track titled “Off the Grid.” The record peaked at number 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
During an appearance at Power 106 studios, Fivio reflected on the creation process, telling the hosts, “He gave me my space, but every eight couple bars, "I'm like yo look, I got some shit,” and he's like, "Yo, keep going,” he recalled. “That’s why it is so long. He kept telling me to keep going, keep going like three times. Like how much more, "Just keep going….” An invitation from a music veteran like Kanye West and the added creative push speak volumes about Fivio’s talent.
Nicki Minaj — “We Go Up”
New York natives team up in this newly released single “We Go Up” from Queens native Nicki Minaj, featuring the Brooklyn-born rapper, marking the pair’s first collaboration. The duo co-wrote the song, whose music video has already been viewed over twenty million times on Youtube. Fivio’s effort with the legendary female emcee landed them at no. 15 on Billboard’s US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Nas - “Spicy” feat. Fivio Foreign and A$AP Ferg
In 2020 Nasir Jones released his thirteenth studio album King’s Disease, featuring a solo bonus track titled “Spicy” with guest appearances by Harlem-based rapper A$AP Ferg and the “Richer Than Ever” emcee. Fivio's has earned legendary collaborations up-and-coming artists dream about.
Young M.A. "Hello, Baby"
In 2021 Young M.A. recruited Fivio for her single “Hello Baby” from her project The Yak, a follow-up to her 2020 release Red Flu. The song finds the two collaborators rapping about the usual topics over a drill-inspired instrumental produced by Mike Zombi.
Chris Brown - C.A.B. (Catch A Body) feat. Fivio Foreign
C.A.B. (Catch A Body) featuring Fivio is a mid-tempo r&b record that mixes the iconic sound and drill music, bringing the increasingly popular subgenre to a broader audience. The Damien Sandoval-directed neon-glowing music video finds the pair driving around in foreign cars and enjoying a night out on the town.
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