The 2010 Remix Report Card, Vol. 8

"Power (Remix)" by Kanye West featuring Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz
I thought the original was a big lumbering bore, and when I heard the remix was gonna be another big hyped up Jay collab, my hopes were dim. But thankfully Kanye went in and toyed with the beat and tried some new shit, and Jay, as far gone as his once great skills once were, has been on a run of decent verses like this and the new Usher single. Kanye starting with that start-stop chant flow and rhyming "power clap" with "half an hour nap" on his first verse was super lame, but then when Swizz and that Snap sample came in, I gotta admit, I got a little hype of that, even if Kanye just kept rapping way too fucking long.
Best Verse: Jay-Z
Overall Grade: B

"Shine Blockas (Remix)" by Big Boi featuring Bun B, Project Pat and Gucci Mane
This song was just one of the many singles Big Boi dripped out in the 2 year run up to Lucious Leftfoot, and like most of the others it wasn't really a hit at all, but for some reason this so-so track took on a life of its own as THE BEST RAP SONG OF 2009 in a lot of internet circles. And that's probably the only reason they bothered to do a remix for the album, although the lineup might as well have been more Pitchfork-friendly since that's the presumed audience here. Still, it's kinda dope. As one YouTube commenter noted, "This is the happiest beat´╗┐ Pattuh has ever rapped´╗┐ over," and it really is fun to hear him on this.
Best Verse: Project Pat
Overall Grade: B-

"Teach Me How To Dougie (Remix)" by Cali Swag District featuring Jermaine Dupri, B.o.B., Red Cafe and Bow Wow
The So So Def remix of "Oh I Think They Like Me" is kind of a classic and one of the best things JD and Bow Wow ever did, so I love that they're calling back to it with this, JD even recycled the tom-tom drum from that record here, but it just ain't the same, partly because "Teach Me" is just a shitty song. It's amazing that on a track with like 7 different mediocre rappers, B.o.B. still sticks out as insufferably corny. Also, apparently one of these little kids from the group whose name I won't bother to type twice sounds like Magoo.
Best Verse: Red Cafe
Overall Grade: C
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Amazing Review!
 
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