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His beard may be gray now, but he still thinks he can "rap."
The news that Lil Wayne and Limp Bizkit had collaborated on a

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Unlikely Bedfellows: The 10 Strangest, Most Unholy Collaborations in Rock

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His beard may be gray now, but he still thinks he can "rap."
The news that Lil Wayne and Limp Bizkit had collaborated on a new single, subsequent to Durst and co.'s equally-befuddling signing to Cash Money label, was confusing at best, alarming at worst. (Actual quote from label co-founder Bryan "Birdman" Williams: "We have always admired how they have been able to blend rock and hip-hop and will bring a unique sound to the label.") The song, "Ready to Go," arrived sooner than expected, and yes, it's an early contender for worst song of the year. Don't believe me? The chorus hinges on the phrase "rickety rock the roll." Give a listen for yourself below, then take a stroll through some of the weirdest collaborations in music history.

10. David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails, "I'm Afraid of Americans," 9. David Bowie and Mick Jagger, "Dancing in the Street," 8. David Bowie and Bing Crosby, "The Little Drummer Boy"

Sensing a theme? The chameleon that is David Bowie sometimes shapeshifts into unfortunate positions. Though the Thin White Duke's penchant for experimentation (or love of money) leads to some strange places at times, there's also sublime collaborations like "Under Pressure" to balance it out.

7. The KLF and Tammy Wynette, "Justified and Ancient"

Country legend Wynette appeared on this track by British acid-house collective KLF. The result is undoubtedly one of the most bizarre songs of all time.

6. Bono and Luciano Pavarotti, "Miss Sarajevo"

This one-time-only collab between U2's Bono and the opera great was produced by Brian Eno and released under the pseudonym "Passengers." Bono has called the bizarre result his favorite U2 song.

5. Weezer and Lil Wayne, "Can't Stop Partying"

One of the worst attention-grabbing schemes in Weezer history. Come to think of it, that sentence could be applied to everything Raditude-related. I don't know who is more to blame in this scenario, given that Weezer has also tapped Kenny G for a live performance and Weezy's worked with Joe Jonas and the aforementioned Limp Bizkit debacle.

4. Jay-Z and Coldplay, "Lost+"

I'm not sure how this collaboration came about (except Brian Eno was somehow involved, again), but the version of Coldplay's song "Lost!" featuring Jay-Z made it to #40 on the Billboard charts after the pair performed it at the 2009 Grammys.

3. Eminem and Elton John, "Stan"

Battling accusations of homophobia (you don't say), Eminem redeemed himself somewhat when noted gay man and apparent Em fan Elton John appeared with the rapper at the 2001 Grammys. The resulting collaboration shook the music world.

2. Jack White and Insane Clown Posse, "Leck Mich Im Arsch"

Jack White producing an ICP take on a Mozart song about ass-licking? I don't know who's trolling harder.

1. Metallica and Lou Reed, Lulu

These guys went further than just a single, producing an entire album to celebrate their unholy alliance. While I believe they truly meant to explore new horizons in the name of art, (the songs were based on a series of German plays about a prostitute) Lulu was deemed unlistenable by most critics.

Got someone you'd like to nominate for weirdest/worst collaboration of all time? Add 'em in the comments!

 
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