5 Times DJ’s Made Rap Songs Better

Rap and EDM is a beautiful mixture. With the rise of popularity in EDM the past decade in the United States, and rap music continuing to be a mainstay, it was only a matter of time before the two mixed to create music heaven. Although there are countless examples of this beautiful marriage, let’s start with 5 rap songs that DJ’s remixed and made better (in no particular order).

Old Thing Back (Matoma Remix) – Biggie Smalls ft. Ja Rule and Ralph Tresvant

“Want That Old Thing Back” was a track that was posthumously released by Biggie Smalls in 2007. The track featured Ja Rule and Ralph Tresvant over a hard, classic 90’s style beat. Matoma took the song, however, and elevated it to a feel good hit with trumpets and a piano in the background and made the song sound a lot cleaner by turning it into a dance remix.

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Burial (Skrillex Remix) – Burial ft. Pusha T

This remix brings subtle Skrillex flavor to an already club banging rap song. Skrillex takes his own drop onto the track. You can here the differences in the two at around the 1:17 marker.

Original

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Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (Fare Soldi Remix) – Kendrick Lamar

The best remixes of rap songs incorporate the song, while still making it different than the original. This remix of Kendrick Lamar’s hit song “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” makes the song different, while keeping it familiar. The beauty of this remix is that it turns an otherwise slow song into something you can dance to.

Original

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Pursuit Of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix) – Kid Cudi ft. MGMT

What has been probably the best example of EDM and rap mixing well is Steve Aoki’s rendition on Kid Cudi’s stoner classic “Pursuit of Happiness”. This takes you from sitting on your couch enjoying the sounds of Kid Cudi and MGMT to doing the same, except raging your ass off. Simply a beautiful production by Aoki on a classic song.

Original

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The Next Episode (Hedegaard Remix) – Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg

“Smokeee weed everydayyy” is probably the most memorable line from west coast classic “The Next Episode”, and this remix brings that to life with a remix that takes the song from a high summer day to a long night at the club. This is yet another example of how to make a classic out of another classic.

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