No genre of music loves a remix more than hip-hop. While EDM fans might feel jilted, rappers have been remixing each other’s tracks since the birth of hip-hop, a trend that’s continued through to the present day. Whether it’s sampling a classic track and adding a couple of verses or enlisting a bunch of high profile rappers for the ultimate posse cut, rap remixes are still all the rage.
A prime example is rising rapper and feminist icon Saweetie’s epic remix of her blockbuster hit Tap In. Not only does the Californian starlet recruit arguably the biggest name in the game, Post Malone, but also enlists the services of breakout stars DaBaby and Jack Harlow. So, in ode of the remix, here are 10 of the best from the last decade featuring the who’s who of hip-hop.
G-Eazy – No Limit (Ft. A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, French Montana, Juicy J & Belly)
G-Eazy’s success is as mystifying as those who refuse to wear masks during a pandemic, but the man born Gerald Earl Gillum sure knows how to rock a remix. While the original No Limit features A$AP Rocky on the hook and Cardi B spitting typically filthy lyrics, the remix takes things next level. While French Montana and Juicy J do their usual macho shtick, it’s Canadian rapper Belly who comes through with the standout verse that doubles as a subtle tribute to rap icon Master P.
Jack Harlow – WHATS POPPIN (Ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne)
This track is all about Lil Wayne. While Harlow holds his own against rising star DaBaby and the often problematic Tory Lanez, it’s Tunechi who schools this new breed of rappers with a verse referencing everything from The Godfather to Apple watches. It’s the equivalent of Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel.
Megan Thee Stallion – Savage (Ft. Beyonce)
Savage is one of the best songs of 2020, so when Beyonce jumped on and turned it into a chart-topper, the haters couldn’t help but admit Megan Thee Stallion is the real deal. The Houston native bodies the beat as she trades verses with Queen Bey on a track that even got the seal of approval from Barack Obama, making his 2020 summer playlist.
A$AP Ferg – New Level (Ft. Future, A$AP Rocky & Lil Uzi Vert)
This is quite the collection of modern rappers with different styles coming together for a banger. A$AP Ferg and Rocky bring the New York flavour, Future a taste of the south and Lil Uzi Vert his own unique vibe, with all four rappers flows merging seamlessly on this heater.
Fat Joe – All The Way Up (Ft. Remy Ma, Jay-Z, French Montana & InfaRed)
Jay-Z doesn’t spit that often these days, so when he turned up on the remix of Fat Joe’s All The Way Up it was big news. As you’d expect, Jay outshines everyone else on the track, helping All The Way Up become Joe’s highest-charting single in over a decade.
Lizzo – Truth Hurts (Ft. DaBaby)
DaBaby flexes his lyrical chops on this entertaining remix of Lizzo’s smash Truth Hurts. While it’s hard to outshine Lizzo who is clearly the star of the show, DaBaby ups the clout level and showcases his innate ability to rap over any beat.
Future – Mask Off (Ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Easily Future’s most popular track, Mask Off was everywhere in 2017. Future’s auto-tuned mumblings over a flute-sampling beat is a match made in heaven. Then the remix dropped. Future scored a guest verse from Kendrick Lamar who obliterates the beat with a braggadocious verse confirming what we all know, Kung-Fu Kenny is hip-hop royalty.
YG – My Ni**a (Ft. Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill & Nicki Minaj)
Taken from YG’s gangster influenced debut, My Krazy Life, posse cut My Ni**a is a G-funk infused anthem featuring Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj. While everyone puts in the work, it’s Minaj who comes out on top, proving why she’s one of the greats.
Post Malone – Wow. (Ft. Roddy Ricch & Tyga)
Posty hooks up with newcomer Roddy Ricch and former Kardashian beau Tyga for this energetic remix of his chart-topping track Wow. This one is about flexing, with all three artists bragging about their wealth and lavish lifestyles with an accompanying film clip featuring expensive cars, beautiful women and Malone performing live.
Meek Mill – I’ma Boss (Ft. T.I, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Swizz Beatz & DJ Khaled)
Posse cuts don’t come more stacked than Meek Mill’s remix of I’ma Boss. The track features a host of big hitters trying to outdo each other, and while Rick Ross comes close to stealing the spotlight, it’s Lil Wayne who wins out with his immortal line, “I just fucked an Avatar, now I got a blue dick.” Never change Wayne.