You love the beat and the verses are alright (maybe even really good), but you know they could be better or you wish your favorite artist were on the track because you know he/she would kill it. Well lucky for you, I look out for this type of stuff. Here is a list, in no particular order, of 10 remixes to popular songs you need to hear.
- U.O.E.N.O.- Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock)
Kendrick Lamar crushes everything he touches and this beat is no different. The original is not very good in my opinion (Future, Wiz, and Rick Ross aren’t the best lyricists), especially compared to the lyrical onslaught the members of Black Hippy put on here. These guys are all dope rappers and have such different styles, yet any time they work together, the music sounds so good. Ab-Soul has some of the most impressive wordplay I’ve EVER heard (seriously, check him out) and he displays that on this song. Also, Jay Rock’s verse is hard as fuck (nuff said).
- Power- Kanye West (ft Jay Z)
Well if you thought the original was dope, you are in for a treat. This remix is incredible. Anytime Jay and Ye come together, it’s pretty much a guaranteed hit. This song features new verses from both artists over a similar, yet different beat from the original version. I like this version better than the original, which says a lot about how good it is. Oh, and after the beat switch? Yeah, Kanye absolutely rips it.
- Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe- Kendrick Lamar (ft Jay Z)
I couldn’t leave this song off this initial list of remixes (yes, I’ve been inspired to do more in due time). I don’t know a fan of hip-hop that didn’t like the original version, but let’s be honest; we’ve heard it a million times by now. What better way to change things up than to add two new Kendrick verses and a verse from the legendary Hov? Now you can enjoy the song and learn some new words to rap along with. Needless to say, they both bring out their A game. I’ll state it again to make sure you get the message: Kendrick Lamar crushes everything he touches.
- A Milli- Los
This song is the one that gave me the idea to make this list. I’ve been a Los fan since the first time I heard him in sophomore year of high school. He is not well known by the masses but any fan of lyricists needs to know this man. I could have picked about a hundred remixes from his catalog but I picked this one because it’s the one that made me a fan. I don’t really need to say much more other than these two things: 1) he will be on every remix/freestyle list I write and 2) listen and you’ll learn why.
- Ima Boss- Meek Mill (ft T.I., Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, Lil Wayne, Birdman)
This song made the list because of how hot the beat is. The original is one of the ultimate turn up songs so adding a few new verses is fine by me. T.I.’s flow at the start is laid back and sounds really good. If there is a downside to this version, it would be that Birdman has a verse (but he’s had way worse performances so we’ll take this). If this song doesn’t get you amped, I don’t know what can.
- Drunk In Love- The Weeknd
Here you were thinking all I listen to is rap. Wrong. I listen to all kinds of music, it just so happens that rap is my favorite and it’s my specialty. While fellow writer DJ Stumpo is probably more of an R&B expert than me, I still get down to this kind of music. The Weeknd is my favorite R&B artist by far. This remix of Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” is spectacular. The way the producers put the sample of the original beat in the background and add the vintage Weeknd dark sound is truly impressive. This dude has such an incredible voice and it is on full display on this gem.
- Walk It Out- Unk (ft Outkast, Jim Jones)
2006 was an unbelievable time in music. Listening now to the songs we blasted in middle school is crazy. We probably heard words and phrases we wouldn’t understand the true meaning of for 4 years. But what I know now is this: those songs were straight bangers. If you have Pandora, listen to Dem Franchize Boyz radio and tell me you don’t recognize and love damn near every song that comes on. It might as well be called memory lane station (too corny?). Anyway, this song comes on all the time and it fills me with incredible joy. First off, “Walk it Out” bumps. Then, you add Outkast and Jim Jones. The finished product is one of my favorite remixes ever.
- Started From The Bottom- Ace Hood
I chose this song because, all though I love Drake, this song blows (I’m not sorry about it, that’s how I feel). Buuuuuutttt, the beat is hot. That’s why I’m happy to play this remix by Ace Hood anytime. Ace Hood is a very good lyricist with many different flows. I have been a fan since day 1 and encourage you all to check out some of his work. This is a little sample of what he can do.
- The Cure- J Cole
Seeing as how Kendrick and Cole are my two favorite artists right now, it’s only right I put them both on my first remix list. This beat is one of the least memorable off of “Watch the Throne” but J Cole delivers some heat. You might need to listen a couple times to catch everything he says but you will probably have trouble listening to this only one time anyway. What more can I say? J Cole. Bars. That is all. You should be listening already.
- Let The Money Build- Fabolous
I don’t think it’s possible to write a remix list and neglect Fabolous. He has put out years worth of fire bars over the most notorious beats spanning the past decade plus. Fabolous is one of the first rappers I started listening to on the reg. His “There Is No Competition” mixtape series is incredible (I must have played the first 2 front to back upwards of 40 times each). For someone with so much undeniable talent, he gets slept on a lot when the top rappers are discussed. Here’s one of the many examples I could have chose from, as he raps his witty punch lines over Lil’ Wayne’s “Let The Beat Build.”
There you go. The first of probably many (because I like a lot) remix lists. I would again like to stress that this list is in NO PARTICULAR ORDER. Don’t ask me why “Ima Boss” is ranked higher than “The Cure.” At no point in my rambling, well-written article was I even close to indicating that this could be considered a rational ranking. Everyone you’ve complained to about my rankings are now dumber for having listened to you. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.