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The 50 Best R&B Songs That Flipped Rap Beats

40. Mary J. Blige "I'm Goin' Down (Remix)" (1995)

Producer: Andre Harrell, Puff Daddy

The certified funk of "The What" doesn't seem apt for an R&B record, at first. Hell, it hardly sounded like the average rap record with it's gently imploding knock. But Mary J. Blige isn't your average singer. Mary's vocals co-existed with the track well enough, but the breakdown at the end is where the record really clicks. Mary wails the hook while Method Man and Biggie's rhymes from the original version are cut into the track. The result is a perfect mix of vocal control by a singer and producer-induced chaos. —Insanul Ahmed

Inspiration: The Notorious B.I.G. f/ Method Man "The What" (1994)

Producer: Easy Mo Bee

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