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The 50 Best R&B Songs That Flipped Rap Beats

44. Shai f/ Jay-Z "I Don't Wanna Be Alone (Remix)" (1996)

Producer: Marley Marl

Jay-Z just knows how to float over Biz Markie samples. His widely celebrated verse on part two of Mya's "Best of Me" was over a flip of "Make the Music With Your Mouth," and this S. Carter Collection cut offers a take on "Nobody Beats the Biz." The song was Shai's last charting hit in 1996, and got a verse from Jay in the same year. It seemed like the record would be the last we'd hear from the group until Hov re-upped on the remix and threw it on his mixtape seven years later. —Ernest Baker

Inspiration: Biz Markie "Nobody Beats the Biz" (1988)

Producer: Marley Marl

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