Diddy may have invented the remix (or, at least, likes to take credit for inventing it), but if there's one guy you want spitting bars on your remix, it's Jay-Z. Yesterday, we finally got to hear the remix to Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," which Jigga was generous enough to hop on, blessing young K-Dot with one of rap's most coveted co-signs. Still, as the artwork for the song (which finds a young Kobe playing against an aging Jordan) suggests, there's more to the remix than just Hov thinking Kendrick had a dope beat worth flipping.
Jay's history of remixes is just as diverse as his own catalog. He doesn't always hop on the latest hit ("Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" isn't even a single), he's more selective, often choosing songs with other sorts of impact and significanceâ€”and if they don't have either, his mere presence will give them some. Inspired by his latest verse, we took a look back at Jay-Z's 25 Best Guest Verses on Remixes and found underground anthems, crossover hits, favors for friends, and, straight up sonnings of the "new hot rapper." Please, don't throw rocks at the throne.
Written by Ernest Baker (@newbornrodeo), Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin), and Rob Kenner (@boomshots)
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