Wednesday, February 14, 2007

we did NOT invent the remix.

wex wednesday's presents...

the remix.

now, this one could get heated... because this subject seems to be a very passionate one for a lot of hardcore hip hop heads. so feel free to contribute the one's that i may have overlooked, didn't like, or whateva whateva.

the best remixes...

1. The Choice is Yours (Revisted) - Black Sheep (many people don't realize that the version of this song that we all know and love, was actually a remix)
2. Scenario (Remix) - ATCQ, Kid Hood, LONS
3. Buddy (Native Tongue Decision) - De La Soul, Jungle Bros, ATCQ, Monie Love
4. One More Chance (Stay With Me Remix) - Biggie
5. Flava In Ya Ear (Bad Boy Remix) - Craig Mack, Biggie, LL, Rampage, Busta
6. Shut 'Em Down (Pete Rock Remix) - Public Enemy
7. Made You Look (Remix) - Nas, Luda, Jada
8. Resurrection (Large Pro Remix) - Common Sense
9. Check Yo'Self (Old School Remix) - Ice Cube, Das EFX
10. Real Hip Hop (Pete Rock Remix) - Das EFX (included for Diggedy's sanity)

-- wah wah wah wex.


Blogger Charlie said...

jump around remix

12:45 PM  
Blogger Kev frum BROOKLYN! said...

Suit beat me too it, but here's some others...

Nappy Heads (Remix) - Fugees

You Can't Stop The Prophet (Pete Rock Remix) - Jeru

Gettin' Money (The Get Money Remix f. Notorious B.I.G. & Lil' Kim) - Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Simons Says (Remix f. Lady Luck, Redman, Method Man, Shabaam Sadeeq, & Busta Rhymes) - Pharoah Monche

And we take it to R&B with hip-hop artists who take over the track...

Freek'n You (Remix f. Raekwon & Ghostface Killah) - Jodeci

I Wanna Be Down (Remix f. MC Lyte, Yo Yo, & Queen Latifah) - Brandy

6:00 PM  
Blogger Tennis Talk, Anyone? said...

Here's one that I'm sooo glad y'all have on the song list: the Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down Diamond D remix. It's something how throwing in some horns and upping the tempo a little can totally transform a song. The album version siggity sux!

And Suit, what about the Shamrocks and Shenanigans remix with the hard-rock beat? (That's strictly an honorable mention one.)

6:37 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

word. i was holding back on the lesser known house of pain joints due to the lack of love for dem irishmen on this blog, but now that we're at it ...

best house of pain remix ever, in my opinion -

ON POINT lethal dose remix

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

De La Soul: Stakes Is High (not the Jay Dee remix, although that's fine, but the one on the Itsoweezee B-side with Mos Def & Truth Enola) -- dope remix of an already beyond-dope song.

Raekwon (feat. Ghostface Killah): Can It Be All So Simple. More a sequel than a remix, but still great.

Beatsie Boys: So What'cha Want (Soul Assassins Remix, feat. B-Real). Yeah, I said it.

And possibly the greatest remix of all time:

Busta Rhymes: Woo-Hah! (Worldwide Remix feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard).

"Busta Rhymes, you rhyme first?" "Yeah you rhyme after me." "O-kay."
"I had a wet dream that I was bonin' Jody Watley..."

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...although, it seems there are two kinds of re-mixes, so maybe it's not fair to lump them all together. Some remixes are just producer jobs, new beats for old vocals (i.e. Jump Around). Others are entirely reimagined from the original (i.e. Scenario.)

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo rdj... and as you all probably know cuz i play it all of the time... but i LOVE that soul assassins remix of sowhatchawant... and i'm not even a beasties fan. but that beat is so hard...

11:17 AM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

rdj, good call on the WooHah remix, love that shit.

On the New school tip, two of my favorite somgs from 2006 were remixes:

Watch How it Go Down Remix: Termanology ft Papoose & Lil Fame (MOP), produced by Premo.
[FIIIIIIIRRRRE!! way better work from premier than that nas, krs, rakim joint posted earlier]
Make it Rain Remix: Lil Wayne ft Fat Joe, TI, Rick Ross, Baby, and R.Kelly
[i just cant get over hearing r. kelly sing "i make it rain on them Hoooees" dave chappelle couldnt have it done any better, hilarious]

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wex did a good job compiling the list..

I'm a huge fan of most of them...

A couple of "add ons" :

The Madlib remix of Tha Liks "Mary Jane" is outstanding.

If you're an Artifacts fan, the "Come On With The Get Down" remix with Busta Rhymes (this is when he started showing up on EVERY remix) is a must have.

If I think of any more I'll post..

12:57 PM  
Blogger Tennis Talk, Anyone? said...

Here's one I had to dig in the memory vaults for: Juvenile's "Ha" remix with Jay-Z: "They got big guns that go brrrrrrrap, brrrrrrrap, brrrrap!"

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Beastie Boys fan to a large extent -- although they exist outside of hip-hop for me, it's sort of a parallel dimension thing -- and I think they are one of the most remixable groups of all time. Don't know what y'all think of that, and I can't say why. But their remixes are always really surprising and cool. Maybe it's cause their original beats are so busy and wacky and off-beat (esp. Paul's Boutique up to Hello Nasty) that putting them in the hands of real smooth hip-hop producers lends them a strange new twist. For instance, anyone heard DJ Green Lantern's Beasties remix album, "New York State Of Mind"? It's fantastic, including "Rhyme The Rhyme Well" remixed to Biggie's "Got A Story To Tell" beat. Also check out DJ BC's mash-up album The Beastles. "So What'cha Want" over "Lady Madonna." It's great.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To tell the truth... the original beat of "So What'cha Want" is pretty slammin', too.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

i totally agree with your beasties summation, rdj, i always liked them too, but not exactly as a hiphop group. the only album they ever made that used rap as the primary medium on every track was To The 5 Buroughs. I feel similarly about The Roots lately. The albums have become neosoul. and the shows vary from rock to funk to jazz.

But I digress. Back to Remixes:

Why Remix: Jadakiss ft. Styles P, Nas, and Common

Shut em Down remix: ONYX ft. NORE and Big Pun.
(Both Pun and Sticky Fingaz give among of the best verses of their careers.)

9:03 AM  
Blogger Paul Haney said...

Pete Rock's remix to "Jussumen" by Das EFX was also ridiculously great. A lot of classic Das shit was remixed into the most well-known versions: "Mic Checka," "They Want EFX," "Microphone Master"....all of it very ill.

I'd also like to add these gems:

Nas - "The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix)," "It Ain't Hard To Tell (Large Pro Remix)"
Organized Konfusion - "Stress (Large Pro Remix)"
Peanut Butter Wolf with Planet Asia - "Definition Of Ill (Madlib Remix)"
A Tribe Called Quest - "Jazz (Re-Recording)"
Craig Mack - "Get Down (Q-Tip Remix)" (very overlooked...Tip used to hold it down on the production tip way back when)
Ultramagnetic MC's - "Poppa Large (East Coast Mix)"
Black Moon - "I Got Cha Opin (Remix)"
Public Enemy - "Nighttrain (both Pete Rock remixes)"
Jungle Brothers - "On The Road Again (Q-Tip Remix)"
Too Short - "In The Trunk (DJ Premier Remix)" (very simple, very incredible)
KMD featuring Busta Rhymes and Brand Nubian - "Nitty Gritty (Dog Spelled Backwards Mix)"

And may I also throw in a mention for the Bad Boy remix of Supercat's "Dolly My Baby" with the Herbie Hancock sample and early appearances by Biggie, 3rd Eye, and P. Diddy doing his best Onyx impersonation.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very surprised at all of you taggers here. No offense RDJ but HOW DARE no one mention what is possibly the greatest (if not it's top 3 in my book) remix of all, the Mafia remix of Kool G. Rap's "On The Run"(there were actually 2 remixes)? As for others I'll add Money,Cash,Hoes feat. Beanie Siegel and Memphis Bleek & MOP's Ante Up. Serious joints....

7:33 PM  
Blogger facet.squared said...

Yeah Paul, I was getting ready to say "Get Down (Q-Tip Remix)".

I don't think I saw this yet...
I'll Be There For You / You're All I Need To Get By (Puff Daddy Mix) (feat. Mary J. Blige)

2:39 PM  
Blogger Paul Haney said...

Shawn J. -

Damn, good looking out! Both "On The Run" remixes are incredible, especially the video version. I think Trackmasterz produced both of those back when they were still doing rugged-ass beats for folks like Pudgee and Kane (see "How U Get A Record Deal").

9:49 AM  

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