9 Guest Rap Verses That Saved Crappy Pop Songs

Pop songs with guest rap verses are gold. They reach a wider audience, forge relationships between artists, and get tons of air play. Guest rap verses have a history of bettering rap songs, and in the examples that follow, we’re arguing that they make pop songs better, too. From Kanye West on Katy Perry’s “E.T.” to Nicki Minaj on Justin Bieber’s “Beauty And A Beat,” these are nine rap verses that saved entire pop songs.

Wiz Khalifa on “Payphone” by Maroon 5

One more f-cking love song and we’d be sick, too, Adam Levine. “Payphone” marked Maroon 5’s entrance into the pulse of popdom, as the band that gave us Songs About Jane traded in guitar rhythms for dance beats. Wiz Khalifa’s appearance on the song helped promote Maroon 5’s new image as a pop band.

Guest lyric of choice: Made it from the bottom / Now when you see me I’m stuntin’ / And all of my cars start with the push of a button


Eminem on “Numb” by Rihanna

Rihanna was Unapologetic about how bizarre this song is, and Eminem was just as unapologetic about calling himself the “butt police” on it.

Guest lyric of choice: Homie can you show me where the gosh darn bath salts are / ’Cause I’m sick of sniffing asphalt


Kanye West on “E.T.” by Katy Perry

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