Hip-Hop & R&B Remixes That Were Better Than The Original! Vol.1

Hip-Hop & R&B Remixes That Were Better Than The Original! Vol. 1

We’ve compiled a list of songs (In no particular order) that we felt were hot but the remix version happened to be hotter. It’s very rare that you can take a classic song and improve upon it. Just like it is very rare that Hollywood could achieve this feat. Here’s our list see if you agree.

1. Flava In Ya Ear (Remix) Artist: Craig Mack

Craig Mack

Craig Mack

Label: Bad Boy Entertainment

Producer: Easy Mo Bee

Features: Notorious B.I.G, LL Cool J, Rampage, Busta Rhymes

Why Was It Hotter?: Don’t get me wrong the original Flava in Ya Ear is retarded too. Craig Mack’s unorthodoxed flow might have confused a bunch of people in the original but when the remix dropped we understood him a lot more. Not to mention Biggie setting it off with a ill verse. A young energetic Busta Rhymes along with his cousin Rampage. Legendary LL Cool J, and Puff with his adlibs.

2. The Scenario (Remix) Artist: A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

Label: Jive

Producer: Q-Tip

Features: Leaders of The New School, Kid Hood

Why Was It Hotter?: This record right here is straight up Hip-Hop royalty, by far one of the best Hip Hop posse joints ever recorded. That’s saying a lot when you include the original version to the mix which is retarded. Everybody’s verse fit the song perfectly. Opening verse was by a up and coming rapper named (Kid) Hood, who bodied this song and in my opinion had the best verse. He was later killed 3 days after recording it, he never got a chance to hear it completed. There is a bit of a mystery as to who exactly produced this song, though many people seem to think it was Q-Tip. this will forever go down as one of my favorite Hip Hop songs of all time.

3. I Need A Girl (Remix) Artist: P. Diddy

P. Diddy

P. Diddy

Label: Bad Boy Ent.

Producer: P. Diddy & Mario Winans

Features: Loon, Mario Winans, Ginuwine

Why Was It Hotter?: hmm let’s see, how about we start off with that infectious beat. Who would think that you’d have a song with Usher on it, it blows up then you do a remix. That remix turned out to be in my estimation hotter than the original joint, and Usher was replaced by Ginuwine & Mario Winans. A bold move seemed like this was a if ain’t broke don’t fix it scenario. However good thing Puff didn’t use this logic his temperment and flow fit seemless on this version just as it did in the original.

4. Let’s Get Married (Remix) Artist: Jagged Edge

Jagged Edge

Jagged Edge

Label: So So Def

Producer: Jermaine DuPri

Features: Rev Run

Why Was It Hotter?: Old school meets new school meets old school all over again. Let’s Get Married is my favorite Jagged Edge song and then the remix came out…New School lyrics with an old school beat, smh. JD nailed this one and then you add Rev Run on there spitting his Sucka MC flow. This song had everything you need in a remix. Tempo, Energy, Different Beat, Great Lyrics. Whenever this joint comes on in the club people will go bananas!

5. One More chance (Remix) Artist: Notorious B.I.G

The Notorious B.I.G

The Notorious B.I.G

Label: Bad Boy Ent.

Producer: P. Diddy &Trackmasters

Features: Faith Evans & Mary J. Blige P. Diddy (Background)

Why Was It Hotter?: Biggie was in full bloom when this record came out. It was the rise of Bad Boy. His lyrics on this record changed the game. No longer could MC’S take commercial records and add average lyrics to them, nah. They had to be layered, the flow had to be right, the beat had to have that perfect melody to it. Biggie came of age on this song in a major way. This is not to say he wasn’t nice before hand it just means he found his groove and the throne and he never relented. Everything was perfect on this song, the video, the background vocals and production was impeccable. The original version felt/was more like and album cut his one was meant to tear up the charts and radio and it did. But don’t sleep Big also destroyed the original version too.

6. Anything (Remix) Artist: SWV



Label: RCA

Producer: Allen Gordon, Jr

Features: Wu-Tang Clan

Why Was It Hotter?: Another Remix that used the same beat & lyrics but oh there was a major addition to this version. Wu-Tang Clan more specifically ODB, Method Man & UGod. This song was already hard hitting and was a hit but when you heard ODB warming up near the bridge it took it to a higher peak. followed by Method Man who at that time was arguably the hottest MC in the game. The ladies delivered well in this joint but they might have been a lil outshined by the killer B’z.

7. One Blood (It’s Okay) Remix Artist: The Game

The Game

The Game

Label: Interscope

Producer: D-Roc & Reefa

Features: Jim Jones, Snoop Dogg, Nas, T.I., The Game, Fat Joe, Lil Wayne, N.O.R.E., Jadakiss, Styles P, Fabolous, Juelz Santana, Rick Ross, Twista, Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt & Daz Dillinger), WC, E-40, Bun B, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Young Dro, Clipse (Pusha T & No Malice), Ja Rule & Junior Reid

Why Was It Hotter?: Simply put same beat as the original but a whole lot of guest appearences from the who’s who in Hip Hop. I love posse records and this one is no different, everybody was spitting. 25 MC’s on one record, Classic!

8. No, No, No (Remix) Artist: Destiny’s Child

Destiny's Child

Destiny’s Child

Label: Columbia

Producer: Wyclef

Features: Wyclef

Why Was It Hotter?: This song pretty much gave birth to Destiny’s Child. Their first single No, No, No was a good record but many people felt it was too slow and that they needed a party joint to get peoples attention. Insert Wyclef very hot hot at the time he ramped up the beat andded his vocals to the song and there you go a hit. Beyonce and the ladies (some of the group members have sinced changed) never looked back ever since.

9. I Got Ya Opin (Remix) Artist: Black Moon

Black Moon

Black Moon

Label: Duck Down

Producer: Da Beatminerz

Features: None 

Why Was It Hotter?: You take An underground Hip-Hop group and you mix Barry White’s music, with raw lyrics what doo you get? A Hip Hop classic… This joint really solidified the Boot Camp Clik. They had joints up util this point, Who got Da Props, How Many Emcees but this joint ruled. Buckshot was on point, the video was gritty and they were peaking this was a clear and drastic upgrade from the original version. It essentially made me a fan of Barry Whites music. Bucktowns Finest delivered on this joint Hip Hop Hall of Fame Worthy Record.

10. Fantasy (Remix) Artist: Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

Label: Columbia

Producer: P. Diddy

Features: ODB

Why Was It Hotter?:Same Beat, same lyrics hell even the same video but one change was made. The addition of Wu Tang clans’ ODB. Changed the song drastically i can not listen to this song if it’s not the ODB version. I love Mariah Carey but ODB really brought htis song to life, Great job Puff. This was the perfect concoction.

That’s just vol 1 we’ll keep coming back with more joints. Hit us up and let us know what should be on the list #TellMeHowiLookNow

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