Times when Leading Ladies joined forces for epic collaborations

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words by: Kai Acevedo
Sep 29, 2020

Times When Leading Ladies Joined Forces for Epic Collaborations 

Cardi B once again proves that it can be difficult keeping a good one down. As the news of her impending divorce from her husband of three years, Migos star Offset became public, Cardi made her return to the top of the charts with “WAP.” Fueled by girl power, the Invasion of Privacy rapper’s song with Megan Thee Stallion debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August and has since pulled in the record-breaking streaming numbers. The success of “WAP” and the accompanying video, which features appearances from Kylie Jenner, Mulatto, Normani and Rosalía, also shows that teamwork can make the dream work and create a hit song. Here’s a look at a few times when leading ladies joined forces for epic collaborations. 


“Ladies First” — Queen Latifah featuring Monie Love 

Year released: 1989

An early hit for Queen Latifah, her Monie Love-featured feminist anthem, “Ladies First” spent 13 weeks on the Hot Rap Songs charts, peaking at No. 5. 



“Not Tonight” (Ladies Night Remix) — Lil’ Kim featuring Missy Elliott, Da Brat, Left Eye and Angie Martinez 

Year released: 1997

Featuring appearances from Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, T-Boz, SWV, Xscape and Total, the video for Lil’ Kim’s all-female posse-cut was full of star power. 



“The Boy Is Mine” — Brandy and Monica 

Year released: 1998 

More than 20 years prior to their recent record-breaking Verzuz showdown, Brandy and Monica had the No. 1 song in the country for a total of 13 weeks with their Grammy Award-winning duet “The Boy Is Mine.”


“Lady Marmalade” — Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink

Year released: 2001

Crafted for the soundtrack to the film Moulin Rouge!, this Missy Elliot production, which sampled a Labelle hit from the 1970s, spent five weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the early 2000s. 



“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” — Eve featuring Gwen Stefani

Year released: 2001

This throwback from the Ruff Ryders’ First Lady featured smooth vocals from No Doubt’s lead singer and production from Dr. Dre and Scott Storch. In 2002, Eve’s first top 10 hit on the Hot 100 won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.



“Fancy” — Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 

Year released: 2014

With more than 8 million units sold in the U.S. alone, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” is one of the highest-selling tracks released by a female rapper. The Charli XCX collab also was No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks.  



“MotorSport” — Migos featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B 

Year released: 2017

The first time Nicki Minaj and Cardi B faced off was when they traded bars with the Migos on the lead single to the trio’s Culture II album. The triple platinum song peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.



“Thot Box (Remix)” — Hitmaka featuring Mulatto, Young MA, Chinese Kitty, Dreezy and DreamDoll

Year released: 2019

Since the original version of Hitmaka’s “Thot Box” featured a lineup consisting of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Tyga and YBN Nahmir, the artist and producer had to take things to another level for the remix.  



“Say So” (Remix) — Doja Cat featuring Nicki Minaj 

Year released: 2020

With an assist from Nicki Minaj (as well as millions of TikTokers), Doja Cat’s “Say So” topped Billboard’s singles chart.  



“Savage” (Remix) — Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

Year released: 2020

The Internet almost broke when the Houston Hot Girl linked up with Queen B for the chart-topping “Savage” (Remix).



“WAP” — Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion

Year released: 2020

The lead single to Cardi’s hotly anticipated sophomore effort became her fourth No. 1 song ever and Hot Girl Meg’s second chart-topper of 2020.



Photo via Cardi B/Atlantic Records