By Chris Yuscavage
Has Gucci Mane officially lost his mind?
We're referring to the news that Gucci Mane is reportedly teaming up with — gasp! — Britney Spears so that the pair can record a new song called "Hit." Not even we could have predicted that one ... and we tried.
But didn't we already see what happened when Gucci went bubblegum pop on us back in 2009 on Mariah Carey's single, "Obsessed"? Not exactly one of his most gangster moments yet, we've got to admit: This Britney duet isn't the worst idea for Gucci. In fact, it could turn out to be the very thing that gives him a second wind. And to prove it, we came up with five reasons Gucci and Britney's collaboration makes sense. Call us crazy, but we think "Hit" could actually be a hit.
1. Britney currently has the No. 1 single in the country
In case you haven't heard, Kanye West came under fire again this week for taking a shot — a sarcastic shot but a shot nonetheless — at Britney on Twitter for topping his single, "H.A.M.," featuring Jay-Z, last week. And the pop star's "Hold It Against Me" looks poised to keep Britney's name in the headlines for at least a few months, which could greatly benefit Gucci if he scores a song with her as well.
2. Gucci and Britney have both had their "crazy" moments
Whether either of them were legitimately mentally incompetent or not, both Gucci and Britney had very public meltdowns that were perpetuated by the media. So getting them into the same room together could: A) Get them talking about their individual situations and sympathizing with one another, and B) Result in one hell of a song if they develop a chemistry between them as a result of it.
3. Britney is very calculated in her decision-making process right now
If Britney wants to work with Gucci right now, it's not because she feels like experimenting with her sound. She's also not doing it because she needs a rapper on her new album. Truth is, she doesn't need a Gucci Mane feature, she'll be just fine without it. So if she agrees to work with Gooch, she's obviously doing it for a reason. On the other hand, a Britney Spears collabo would look great on Gucci's resume, which is all the more reason for him to make sure he makes it worth Britney's while to work with him.
4. Gucci needs a hit record—not now, but right now
Gucci may have the bigger name, but to-date, his protégé Waka Flocka Flame actually has the bigger hits. "No Hands" was huge in the clubs and on the charts in 2010. Flocka looks poised to continue that run of success well into 2011. Gooch needs a hit of his own right now, so it's a no-brainer for him to do everything that he can to find it.
5. No one really thought a Christina Aguilera and Redman collaboration (um...?) would work, either
Sometimes, super obvious pop/rap collaborations don't work because they're too predictable for people to enjoy. So let's say Britney teamed up with Nelly or Flo Rida or even Kanye for a song. It might be cool, but it also might be terribly cliché. Choosing Gucci is a risk, but it's a risk that could offer a big reward. We have to believe 'Tina did the same thing back in 2002 when she chose to offer some guest bars to Redman on a remake of his 2001 song, "Let's Get Dirty (I Can't Get in da Club)." And we all know how that worked out, right? So before we shut it down, let's give this collabo a chance.
Are you looking forward to hearing Gucci Mane and Britney Spears on a record together? Do you think it'll actually happen? Tweet us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below!