Filed under: Features,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Running a little low on creative inspiration and have an album to hand in by the end of the week? Don’t sweat it – just update one of your old hits with a slightly updated version of the original beat and/or lyrics and throw on a ‘2K at the end and you’re good to go.
Just-Ice – ‘Freedom of Speech ’88’
Pretty much just the original break being cut-up with some bonus movie sound effects thrown in for good measure…which equals another winner for Sir Vicious.
Big Daddy Kane – ‘Raw ’91’
One word: filler.
EPMD – ‘You Gots To Chill ’97’
They couldn’t even bring themselves to tweak the beat in their excitement to remake this old favorite for their first re-union album. The rhymes are a step backwards also.
QB’s Finest (MC Shan, Tragedy, Nas, Cormega etc.) – ‘Bridge 2001’
So what if Shan had to have his rhyme written for him? Where else are you gonna hear Capone, Cormega, Mobb Deep, Nas, Nature and Tragedy Khadafi on the same song?
AMG – ‘Bitch 2001’
Squeeky-voiced ignorant LA rapper remakes his hit, minus the catchy beat and amusing raps.
Scaramanga – ‘Mine IC Mine 2005’
Sir Melanaik gets dumb over the drums for this worthy update of his Showbiz laced banger.
KRS-One & DJ Premier – ‘Criminal Minded 2008’
Better than ‘Illegal Business 2004’ but that doesn’t make it right. Even the C. Martin co-sign can’t save this one.
Common – ‘The Light 2008’
If you ever feel the need to listen to rap with your grandmother, Com’s got you.
Q-Tip – ‘Midnight 2008’
Replacing the original track with this euro-beat fueled synth-fest is wrong. Tip’s uninspired delivery is even worse.
Sadat X – ‘One For All ’09’
Fuck it, this comes off. ‘New York – don’t put the South in ya mouth!’
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