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Remixing a song has long been a part of hip hop culture. From adding additional guest verses to completely changing up the core track, there have been countless rap remixes that have gone down in history as being superior to the original.

While Pete Rock might have a problem with Puffy’s claim of inventing the hip hop remix, it’s not a stretch to say that what Puff did during the mid to late ’90s is what defined this subset of rap music.

The undisputed king of the ’90s remix scene, Puffy breathed life into the genre by infusing his tracks with a rich fusion of R&B and hip hop to skyrocket the careers of Biggie, Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, The LOX, Mase and plenty others. However, Puffy was far from alone in the pantheon of reinventing greatness.

In the effervescent world of remixes, legendary hip hop producers like Large Professor, DJ Premier, and J Dilla have added their unique flair to tracks, transforming them into iconic anthems. By injecting fresh guest verses, altering the rhythm, or even turning the melody upside down, these visionaries reimagined songs in ways that transcended the originals.

From Eric B. & Rakim’s “Paid In Full (Seven Minutes Of Madness – The Coldcut Remix)” to Q-Tip’s reworking of Nas’ “The World Is Yours”, here are the 50 best hip hop remixes of all time.

50. Terror Squad – “Lean Back (Remix)”

Released: June 14, 2005

Producer: Lil Jon, Eminem, Scott Storch

Album: All or Nothing

Better than the original? No. The remix features superstar appearances from Ma$e, Eminem, and Lil Jon, but nothing will top the original version of just Fat Joe and Remy Ma. This is one of the cases where more superstar power really didn’t add much to the song.

49. DJ Khaled – “I’m So Hood (Remix)”

Released: August 28, 2007

Producer: The Runners

Album: We the Best

Better than the original? Definitely. The original line-up of “I’m So Hood” features T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross and Plies, but typical for anything DJ Khaled does, the remix needed to be way bigger. That’s why he grabbed Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman and a new verse from Rick Ross, to turn the track into one of the most iconic anthems of the 2000s.

48. Kanye West – “Power (Remix)”

Released: August 20, 2010

Producer: Mike Dean, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dawson, Happy Perez, Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, S1

Album: N/A

Better than the original? This one is a tough one. On one hand, I love the updated production which feels grander and bolder than the original, and of course, Hov’s appearance. On the other, I’m not sure how I feel about the second half of the song, where Kanye is rapping over a sample of Snap!’s hip house hit, “The Power,” while Swizz is yelling “show time” in the background. I think if pressed, I’m stick with the original, but it’s close.

47. Rick Ross – “Hustlin’ (Remix)”

Released: March 11, 2006

Producer: The Runners, Rick Ross

Album: Port of Miami

46. ASAP Rocky – “Pretty Flacko (Remix)”

Released: January 15, 2013

Producer: SpaceGhostPurrp

Album: Long. Live. ASAP

45. Ras Kass – “Soul on Ice (Remix)”

Released: November 26, 1996

Producer: Diamond D

Album: N/A

44. Trinidad James – “All Gold Everything (Remix)”

Released: September 18, 2012

Producer: Gallaspy

Album: Don’t Be S.A.F.E.

43. Busta Rhymes – “Touch It (Remix)”

Released: May 2006

Producer: Swizz Beatz

Album: The Big Bang

42. Migos – “Versace (Remix)”

Released: July 8, 2013

Producer: Zaytoven

Album: N/A

41. Chief Keef – “I Don’t Like (Remix)”

Released: September 14, 2012

Producer: Young Chop, Kanye West, The Twilite Tone, Noah Goldstein

Album: Cruel Summer

40. ScHoolboy Q – “THat Part (Black Hippy Remix)”

Released: July 8, 2016

Producer: Cardo, Yung Exclusive, Cubeatz, Sounwave

Album: Blank Face LP

Better than the original? Well, that’s a good question. Do you prefer hearing four dope verses from Schoolboy, Kendrick, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, or would you rather hear Kanye screaming “OK OK OK OK OK OK!”

39. Raekwon – “Can It Be All So Simple (Remix)”

Released: August 1, 1995

Producer: RZA

Album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

38. Jeru the Damaja – “You Can’t Stop the Prophet (Pete Rock Remix)”

Released: October 25, 1994

Producer: Pete Rock

Album: N/A

37. Missy Elliott – “Hot Boyz (Remix)”

Released: November 9, 1999

Producer: Timbaland

Album: Da Real World

36. 50 Cent – “P.I.M.P. (G-Unit Remix)”

Released: August 12, 2003

Producer: Mr. Porter

Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

35. The Game – “It’s Okay (One Blood) (Remix)”

Released: November 7, 2006

Producer: D-Roc, Reefa

Album: Doctor’s Advocate

34. Big L – “Ebonics (Premo Mix)”

Released: October 18, 1998

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: N/A

33. Black Moon – “I Got Cha Opin (Remix)”

Released: March 28, 1994

Producer: Da Beatminerz

Album: Enta da Stage

32. Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix)”

Released: March 17, 2013

Producer: Sounwave

Album: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

31. Young Jeezy – “Go Crazy (Remix)”

Released: August 16, 2005

Producer: Don Cannon

Album: Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

30. Future – “Mask Off (Remix)”

Released: May 23, 2017

Producer: Metro Boomin

Album: Future

29. Clipse – “Grindin’ (Remix)”

Released: August 20, 2002

Producer: The Neptunes

Album: Lord Willin’

28. 50 Cent – “I Get Money (Forbes 1-2-3 Remix)”

Released: September 17, 2007

Producer: Apex

Album: N/A

27. Pharoahe Monch – “Simon Says (Remix)”

Released: October 19, 1999

Producer: Lee Stone, Pharoahe Monch

Album: Internal Affairs

26. M.O.P. – “Ante Up (Robbin-Hoodz Theory) (Remix)”

Released: September 9, 2000

Producer: DR Period

Album: N/A

25. Unk – “Walk It Out (Remix)”

Released: October 3, 2006

Producer: Unk

Album: N/A

24. Nas – “Street Dreams (Remix)”

Released: October 22, 1996

Producer: Trackmasters

Album: N/A

23. Naughty by Nature – “Hip-Hop Hooray (Pete Rock Remix)”

Released: 1993

Producer: Pete Rock

Album: N/A

22. 2Pac – “California Love (Remix)”

Released: February 13, 1996

Producer: Dr. Dre

Album: All Eyez on Me

21. House of Pain – “Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix)”

Released: May 5, 1992

Producer: Pete Rock

Album: House of Pain

20. Rich Boy – “Throw Some D’s (Remix)”

Released: March 13, 2007

Producer: Lil Jon

Album: Rich Boy

19. Capone-N-Noreaga – “L.A., L.A. (Kuwait Mix)”

Released: June 17, 1997

Producer: Marley Marl

Album: The War Report

18. A$AP Ferg – “Work REMIX”

Released: May 14, 2013

Producer: Chinza, Fly Beats

Album: Trap Lord

17. A Tribe Called Quest – “Scenario (Remix)”

Released: March 13, 1992

Producer: A Tribe Called Quest

Album: N/A

16. Jay-Z – “A Million and One Questions (Premiere Remix)”

Released: 1998

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: N/A

15. AZ – “Doe Or Die (Remix)”

Released: 1996

Producer: RZA

Album: N/A

14. Kanye West – “Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix)”

Released: August 30, 2005

Producer: Kanye West, Devo Springsteen, Jon Brion

Album: Late Registration

13. Mobb Deep – “Quiet Storm (Remix)”

Released: August 17, 1999

Producer: Havoc, Jonathan “Lighty” Williams

Album: Murda Muzik

12. Nas – “Made You Look (Remix)”

Released: September 10, 2002

Producer: Salaam Remi

Album: N/A

11. Talib Kweli – “Get By (Remix)”

Released: March 11, 2003

Producer: Kanye West

Album: N/A

10. Method Man & Redman – “How High (Remix)”

Released: August 15, 1995

Producer: Erick Sermon

Album: Blackout! / How High

Method Man (Wu-Tang Clan) and Redman (Def Squad) were old friends and both well established artists when they dropped their first collaboration. “How High” would eventually spawn a movie. This hit remix on its soundtrack was built around a sample of the 70’s disco hit “Fly Robin Fly” by Silver Convention.

9. LL Cool J – “I Shot Ya (Remix)”

Released: 1995

Producer: Trackmasters

Album: Mr. Smith

By 1995 LL Cool J was already a decade into his iconic career. So he used the remix of “I Shot Ya” as an opportunity to highlight some emerging NYC rappers including; Fat Joe, Foxy Brown, Prodigy of Mobb Deep and Keith Murray. The latter two rappers used the platform to diss each other on the same track.

8. Lil Wayne – “Lollipop (Remix)”

Released: March 13, 2008

Producer: Deezle, Jim Jonsin

Album: Tha Carter III

The original “Lollipop” was a huge hit for Lil Wayne and featured artist Static Major who tragically died unexpectedly just days before the record’s release. The remix is notable for Kanye dropping one of his best guest verses of all time.

7. The Notorious B.I.G. – “One More Chance / Stay with Me (Remix)”

Released: June 6, 1995

Producer: Sean “Puffy” Combs, Rashad Smith

Album: N/A

This 1995 remix was really a complete reinvention of Biggie’s original single from a year earlier. This version paired largely new lyrics with an entirely new beat courtesy of 80’s R&B stars DeBarge. The rapper’s wife Faith Evans lent her soulful vocals. The hip-hop slow jam was one of Biggie’s biggest hits.

6. Eric B. & Rakim – “Paid In Full (Seven Minutes Of Madness – The Coldcut Remix)”

Released: October 19, 1987

Producer: Coldcut

Album: N/A

Eric B. & Rakim made the ground shake with their debut album Paid in Full, and the record’s title track is still considered one of the crowning achievements of hip-hop. Coldcut’s remix of the track made its own history as being one of the first remixes to achieve widespread crossover success.

5. Nas – “The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)”

Released: May 31, 1994

Producer: Q-Tip

Album: N/A

On his signature remix of this single from Nas’ now legendary debut, A Tribe Called Quest visionary Q-Tip throttled the groove back a notch to give the track a cool jazz funk. The laid-back beat gave the rapper room to drop new bars on this shoutout to the underdogs, from Philly to Queensbridge.

4. Method Man -“I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By (Remix)”

Released: April 25, 1995

Producer: RZA

Album: N/A

With the crossover king Puff Daddy at the board, this Grammy-winning track came together as the best of both the hip-hop and R&B worlds. The track pairs Wu-Tang’s Method Man with the original queen Mary J. Blige, and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s classic “You’re All I Need to Get By.” RZA also produced his own version with the Razor Sharp mix, which was equally dope.

3. Puff Daddy – “It’s All About the Benjamins (Remix)”

Released: August 12, 1997

Producer: Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie

Album: No Way Out

Although technically a remix of an earlier and relatively obscure mixtape track, this take on “It’s All About the Benjamins” is widely viewed as the definitive version of the song. An all-star cast featuring most of Diddy’s posse trade bars on a cool ensemble rap riding a classic Puff Daddy boom-bap soul groove.

2. Craig Mack – “Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)”

Released: July 26, 1994

Producer: Easy Mo Bee

Album: N/A

The success of this remix was a career defining moment for up-and-coming hip-hop artist Craig Mack. The record was also a significant boost for Puffy’s then fledgling Bad Boy Entertainment. The newcomer rapper benefitted from superstar features from  Biggie, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Rampage.

1. Public Enemy – “Shut Em Down (Pe-te Rock Mixx)”

Released: 1991

Producer: Pete Rock

Album: N/A

Legendary producer Pete Rock takes the usually hard Public Enemy style and softens the edges with a laid-back jazz-hop groove on his remix of Chuck D’s dystopian fantasy. Chuck’s rhymes about pulling the plug on the 1% by any means necessary carry even more weight with the soul sounds of the city behind him.

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