Pete Rock invented and perfected the remix, this is not debatable. The remix to “Searching” can be used as Exhibit A in the defense of this claim. Pete effortlessly utilizes “The Look Of Love” and creates a brand new version of the already brilliant track from The Main Ingredient. There is a certain playlist of Pete Rock remixes that I could seriously listen to from the rest of my life. The man is a genius.
Producer !llmind continues his remix tirade, pairing Biggie and Jay-Z perfectly over some extra funky Boom Trap music. Taking elements from Notorious’ “Sky’s The Limit” and Jay’s “Success” and creating a new song, most importantly he creates the same chemistry the duo shared on tracks together. You can see the two Brooklyn born emcees trading verses on stage over the beat, he mixes in Sheek Looch vocals on the hook to complete the track. It works very well . If you aren’t familiar with !llmind by now, get familiar.
20Syl is still at it, on the eve of Oxymoron dropping, the French producer remixes “The Purge” which happens to be a verse from Schoolboy’s Rapfix Cypher also. Word to Curtis and the Impressions, “Get On Board” and check it out. 20Syl sure is killing it with his latest series of remixes. Check out the Jason Goldwatch directed video for “Break The Bank” below too.
14KT remixed, French West Indies born, Meemee Nelzy’s “James Bond Girl”. The track was originally was featured on her EP Moon Reflection. He took it from Deep House to the D. 14KT’s production is uniquely Detroit, that’s the best way to describe it. When I hear it, I conjure up visions of driving through the city at 3am, street deserted with light snow falling.
Maimouna Youssef aka MuMu Fresh, hails from the District Of Colombia and does an incredible job with Lorde’s Grammy winning “Royals” track. She flips it up, takes ownership, and makes it beautifully uplifting. She changes up the hook and adds a rap verse at the end. She is just as talented as an emcee as she is as a vocalist. Props to Davey D for drawing attention to this song.
Another excellent mashup/remix/edit from Big Boi’s Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors album. Seems Andre Patton is getting ready for these Outkast shows and his next album. Going to be a big year. Here we get Dre’s “Gossip” assisted by Krizzle, Bun and Chad mixed with Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla” I think I dig this one a little more than the Sade track that dropped before.
Plan B is working Kendrick, and the hearts of the people are worth more than platinum and gold. Imagine Dragon’s remix to “Radioactive” features the Compton rapper murdering everything. In the grander scheme of things this is going to strengthen Kendrick’s brand. David Dennis at Smoking Section wrote a great article on it yesterday, check it out here. You can also pick up the track on iTunes. It’s going to be a HUGE year for TDE, Schoolboy Q’s album, Oxymoron, is getting ready to drop in a couple months and you can believe that there will be some fall out hype for his project.
Ben Marc gives Ayanna Witter-Johnson’s “A Single Sun” from Black Panther a new feel. Also be sure to check out the video for “Black Panther” the title track from Ayanna Witter-Johnson’s new project below.