Think about the first time you heard the beat drop at the beginning of “U.O.E.N.O.” in 2012. You were not alone in that euphoric regard, seeing examples in remixes being heard popping up from rappers within days of its release. This is a covetable side-effect to the blind elation felt by the producer, in this case Childish Major, after putting the finishing touches on a beat that is known to be a hit. Currently we are watching the growth of Boi-1da’s presentation “0-100” which was primarily a Drake cut. The very next day, we saw G-Unit’s rendition of the beat, looping one of Drake’s lyrics from the song and titling the remix “Real Quick” and smashing it (seen below being performed at Citi Field on June 14th). In the spirit of Boi-1da’s recent success, we decided to showcase some of the best remixes of the passed few years.
Not to make any of these instrumentals on the same playing field as untouchables like the “Dead Presidents” or “Ready or Not”, but there are some that will remain classics for this generation. Let’s take it back to 2008. Bangladesh’s production of “A Milli” hits us as a leak for The Carter III before the album released on June 9th. Before we knew it, we saw verses laid on this instrumental by Jadakiss, Cassidy, MIMS, Papoose, and others. In 2010, we saw a similar trend for the Pittsburgh Anthem “Black and Yellow” specially made for Wiz Khalifa by creation team, Stargate. The contagiousness of its energy spread quickly and brought forth a number of remixes, Wayne’s “Green and Yellow” exemplifying what could be done on the record alternatively.
Fast-forwarding to late 2011, we found DJ Mustard in his early stages of introducing us to the later iconic dance sound that we’ve come to associate with his name with “Rack City” for Tyga. Peaking the Billboard 100 charts at #7, this beat also traveled to the studios of other artitsts, popularly remixed by Wale. Mustard perfectly transitioned us into 2012, were we saw Young Chop’s “I Don’t Like” blossom from a Chicago banger into a national and international playback. G.O.O.D. Music could not wait to get their hands on it, placing Pusha T, Jadakiss, 2 Chainz and Kanye on the track with some original adjustments to the instrumental.
Producers allow rappers to untie those knots of their profession by displaying creativity and uniqueness. It is only natural that when a certain level of this is achieved that even un-bestowed rappers would want to mangle it. With a head-nodder like “Chiraq”, produced by Vinylz, getting remixed over and over, it is impossible to not appreciate the mind behind it and root for more.