Wiz Khalifa wants to rap over Mumford and Sons: Good idea?

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MTV’s Sway recently sat down with Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa and in the flow of their interview, asked Wiz what beat in the wide world of music he’d like to rap on.

Mumford & Sons,” he answered quickly, though not remembering the exact cut. “They got a really tight song that I wanna rap over, that I would totally rap over if I had the chance to. They’re tight and really musical. I like the instruments they use, like bongos.”

“That would be a good collaboration,” Sway responded. Really? I’m all for branching out. But a collaboration between those two sounds about as attractive as mixing orange juice with coffee. Hey, it’s just an idea, I know. And who am I to shoot down Wiz’s artistic right to explore? It could be good, maybe even a hit of gigantic proportions. I’m just betting otherwise.

The rock-rap collab is tricky, but high-quality cuts have certainly been produced in the past. Jay-Z and Coldplay have linked up for good results. Kanye West’s appearance on 30 Seconds to Mars’ “Hurricane” was also a hot one. And let’s not forget an all-time classic: “Walk This Way,” Run DMC’s hookup with Aerosmith, still cranks.

To me, Wiz sounds like more of an Avett Brothers kind of guy. I’d appreciate him giving “Tin Man” a go. While we’re at it, who would you like Wiz to collaborate with? Better yet, what rap-rock collaborations would you like to see from your favorite rhymers and rockers? Rick Ross and Arcade Fire? Drake and Grizzly Bear? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • True Blue

    Common and Radiohead?

    Lupe Fiasco and Regina Spektor?

    Slick Rick and Franz Ferdinand?

    Jay-Z and Jack White? Or Kanye with Jack?

    I think all of those would be nice. However, I’m not too keen on Drake and Florence & The Machine, which is a collaboration that will actually come to fruition…

    • Henry

      Regina and Lupe would be AMAZING. Daydreaming with Jill Scott proved beyond a doubt he can do an awesome and odd collaboration

    • Charlie’s Angel

      Regina and Lupe would be beyond amazing.

  • joe

    Common and Radiohead would be sick! Lupe Fiasco and Regina Spektor too!

  • Kevin

    Jay-Z has worked with Jack White before..still waiting on hearing whatever they did together.

    Childish Gambino went in on a Grizzly Bear track and it’s outstanding.

    Rap-rock collabs are nothing new, nor is people rapping over indie rock bands’ music. Listen to more mixtapes.

    • Harry

      I love Gambino’s Grizzly Bear song

  • Jackson

    “I like the instruments they use, like bongos.”

    Was this an EW typo or did Wiz misspeak…either way one of them MUST have meant ‘banjos’…right??

  • Shane

    Pretty much the same formula as Kid Cudi rapping over Vampire Weekend

  • GWS

    LOL at the Avett Brothers comment! That would be the most bizarre collab ever! :D

  • Rachel

    No,not a good idea at all.

  • ben

    Tyler the creator and Iwrestledabearonce would be sick.

  • MS Fan

    No, just no. Sorry.

  • PN

    I think that Wiz is looking for an atmospheric music under his raps not the usual hip-hop beat breaks. I think Mumford and Sons would be interesting for him to rap over.

  • Fletcher

    Anthrax and Public Enemy?

  • Jean Genie

    This is much TOO trendy for me to handle. Let’s see if either act is still popular in five years.

    • Kaylee

      who cares if they’re still popular in five years? the topic at hand is what they’re doing and who they’re collaborating right now, while they are at the top of their game. right now the music industry is changing every day and who’s popular today probably won’t be tomorrow. it’s a fact. but they might as well make some good music while they’re big.

  • Lex

    Is it just me…or are rappers now trying to capitalize on the now “popular” indie rock genre?? I mean people who would once only work with artist like Maroon V or Fall Out Boy, NOW want to work with The XX, Grizzly Bear, FATM, etc. Knowing damn well it’s just to inject their music into unlikely crowds who generally wouldn’t give a two. And/OR..to follow what’s trendy now, and to be “on top of things”. It’s pathetic really. Wiz Khalifa, Kanye, Jay-Z, Beyonce..all dressing like hipsters? And listening and working with Indie/Alts best of the best? Can someone say…pretentious and eager to fit in?

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