The greatest posse cut ever? Sure. But Marley Marl‘s signature Juice Crew anthem also stands as the most remade rap song of all time, doubling the number of songs that recreate “The Bridge”. Marley’s first shot at a sequel was luke-warm on all fronts (Little Daddy Shane?), lacking the energy of the original, although G Rap still kilt it. The man once known as NYC Cutter had a third stab at it on his Re-Entry album, assembling a rag-tag bunch of MC’s including the dude from Real Live, a member of World Renown and some random dame called Miss Man (?!) for “Foundation Symphony”. Frankie Cutlass couldn’t track down Master Ace so he grabbed Shante instead for his “Cypher Part 3”, but then forgot to get G Rap to write her verse. Biz Markie also has no business on appearing on a “Symphony” remake, despite his J-U-ICE membership.
Even worse are the remakes that don’t involve Marley or any of the original members. I’m still scratching my head over the inclusion of both “Symphony” and “Symphony 2000” on that shit-tacular Out Of Business album that EPMD released. As if that’s not retarded enough, it’s actually exactly the same song (beat, verses and the whole nine) with different guests inserted on each version! That’s worth a Fuckouttahere award right there. There’s also another imaginatively named millennium version
that never really came out, as KRS-One somehow convinced the House of Hits to re-do the song for the talentless Truck Turner, who has to rate as the worst BDP weed carrier of all-time. If not for appearances from Big Pun and the Kool Genius, this version wouldn’t have even rated a mention.
Master Ace’s remake is just plain weird. Not sure if he ran out of beats when he was making Take A Look Around, but he decided to make a dolo version over the original. Guess he didn’t want anyone to forget he was once on a song with Kane and G Rap. The intro piano that you hear on the video version of “The Symphony” has also gotten a little run, as it forms the basis of the classic “Hip Hop Drunkies”, courtesy of Tha Alkaholiks and that drunken maniac ODB. The trend shows no sign of stopping, as UGK recruited Kane and G Rap for yet another shot at the old favorite for their new album. At this stage, I think it’s only right that there be some sort of charter drawn-up to prevent any further remakes, tributes or even lyrical references to “The Symphony”, lest they tarnish the memory of this great song and the fine work of “Dusty” Marl. Please show your support for this important cause at the bottom of this post.
Marley Marl feat. Master Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane – “The Symphony”
Marley Marl feat. Master Ace, Craig G, Big Daddy Kane, Little Daddy Shane and Kool G Rap – “The Symphony II”
Marley Marl feat. Larry-O, Seven Shawn, J-Wells and Miss Man – “Foundation Symphony”
Frankie Cutlass feat. Craig G, Roxanne Shante, Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane – “Cypher Part 3”
EPMD feat. M.O.P – “Symphony”
EPMD feat. Redman, Method Man and Lady Luck – “Symphony 2000”
Master Ace – “Four Minus Three”
Tha Alkaholiks feat. ODB – “Hip-Hop Drunkies”
UGK feat. Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap – “Next Up”
Marley Marl – “The Symphony” video:
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