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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Joell Ortiz did a top notch job on his new Covers The Classics mixtape over at OnSmash, but not everyone is worthy of putting their own stamp on classic hip-hop staples. As Ricky Bobby‘s pop told us, if you’re not first, you’re last. Here are five rap remakes that win:
Buckshot – ‘No Joke’
The first (and still the best) interpretation of Rakim’s declaration of MC supremacy. The BDI Thug doesn’t get too ambitious here, but manages to pay tribute to the classic in a suitable respectful manner.
Ill Bill – ‘How To Kill A Cop’
Before the Non-Phixion album, Bill unleashed his own version of Redman‘s blunt-rolling anthem and made it a thousand times more hardcore.
Pete Rock feat. Large Professor & Kool G Rap – ‘Truly Yours ’98’
How can you lose with this line-up? Plus Pete fires a well-aimed shot at the non-DJ mixtape dudes at the start of his verse.
Royal Flush – ‘Gots To Have It’
Everybody knows that Ed OG beat – even Mary J. used it on some shit. Flush reworks the track with an unmistakable Flushing flavor that hits the spot.
Big Pun feat. Fat Joe – ‘Twinz (Deep Cover 98)’
Best. Remake. Ever.
And five remakes that need to be buried deep below the surface of the earth:
Mr. Cheeks feat. Journalist, Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Reminisce 2003’
This is horrible on every level. Taking one the most popular and recognizable beats ever and adding some shitty rhymes and a weak chorus is never forgive action. Getting Pete and CL to cameo doesn’t excuse the crimes committed here.
Ali Vegas – ‘Story To Tell 2007’
I appreciate what he was trying to do here, but the execution really lets it down. This is what being out of your depth sounds like.
P. Diddy – ‘PE 2000’
You know how people get drunk and think they can sing at karaoke bars?
NORE feat. Kool G Rap – ’40 Island’
Great idea on paper, but just doesn’t work. Even G Rap sounds a little off here.
Rampage – ‘Flipmode Enemy #1’
Remember this guy? He was Spliff Star V.1.0. Another example of why trying to mess with Public Enemy songs is effin’ retarded.
Next up, we’ll look at at rapper’s remaking their own songs.
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