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This Week's Rapper (and Producer): Sammus
This Week's Subject(s): The top five songs for rappers to hijack for remixes
Ask A Rapper: For the past few weeks, everyone has been going yo-yo for Ricky Ross's "B.M.F." beat. Remixes have popped up all over. You really don't even have to look outside of Houston to find any. Bun did it. Trae did. Lil Flip did it. Lil' Ray did it. So here's the question, rapper/producer: Name your five favorite "Oh, Man, I Have To Make My Own Version Of This Song" tracks and why.
Extra credit if you don't include Wayne's "A Milli." Double extra credit if you can name a Houston artist who did a remix of the song that you pocked.
And you're off...
1. The Isley Brothers, "Between the Sheets"
Sammus says: Production-wise, [it's] one of the smoothest, sexiest pieces of music I've ever heard. I melt and clutch my pearls every time I hear it, no matter who's rapping over it.
Rappers Who Have Hijacked It: Gwen Stefani with Slim Thug ("Luxurious"), Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, J. Cole, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Royce Da 5'9.
2. Kid Cudi, "Day and Night"
Sammus says: One of the most haunting pieces of production I heard from 2009 with a compelling hook that can take on so many meanings depending on the context in which its rapped around (love, hustling...)
Rappers Who Have Hijacked It: Lil Wayne, Jim Jones, Young Cash, Styles P, Young Dro, Aidonia, K'naan, Chamillionaire, Chiddy Bang
3. M.I.A., "Paper Planes"
Sammus says: The beat and hook [from M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes"] are undisputably gripping, whether placed under M.I.A.'s sing-songy hypnotic rapping or mashed up with the funk of DFA. Nuff said.
Rappers Who Have Hijacked It: DFA Remix, Diplo Street Remix feat. Bun B & Rich Boy, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross, Jadakiss
4. Jim Jones, "We Fly High"
Sammus says: I'm not a big fan of Jim Jones, but [the original] (and its complementary hand motion) are catchy, and every artist I've heard killed his remix.
Rappers Who Have Hijacked It: Jay-Z, Weezy, Cassidy
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Rich Boy, "Throw Some D's"
Sammus says: I love the original song, but I'm particularly drawn to the various remixes because I love hearing what kinds of things rappers feel need to be thrown on that B, or what words can be put to the rhyme scheme: "Oh-some-ee." Blow some weed, for example.
Rappers Who Have Hijacked It: Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Kanye West, DJ Whoo Kid and Young Buck, Hell Rell