On "Everything I Am," Kanye West coolly announced, “Common passed on this beat, I made it to a jam.” It wasn’t so much a prophetic declaration as it was a demonstration of the perplexities of the rap game. Hindsight is 20/20, but history has shown us time and again that one artist’s leftover can become someone else’s biggest hit ever. That's not to say that if history was altered and the original artist had kept the beat they would have made the same song as it eventually became. But it does show how life is filled with so many "What if?" moments.
From Jay-Z and Nas to D12 and more recently Pusha T, being presented a beat and passing only to see another rapper conceive a significant record with it is a common occurrence, so much so we couldn't possibly catalog them all. But there are a few instances that have become folklore, so here's 10 Famous Beats Rappers Passed On. A few of them might even make you say, “Whoa.”
Written by Edwin Ortiz (@ItunesEra)