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Greats like 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G. aren’t the only artists to pop up on a posthumous collaboration. As ‘Pac’s surprising guest appearance (“Mortal Man”) on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly illustrates, we’ll always be interested in hearing bars from some MCs long after they’re gone.

Kendrick Lamar and 2Pac

photo: WENN

An enterprising artist can capitalize on that interest as well as their own by opening up the budget if the occasion calls for it. These 12 rappers hooked up posthumous collabs before Kendrick realized the opportunity and took advantage.

Photo: WENN

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