Remixes/Mashups that are better than their original songs, Pt. 1

Thanks to some really creative people, every once in a while you may come across a remix or mashup of some songs that actually wins you over more than the original(s). These awesome remakes can often be hard to find, though, as there are so many  mediocre ones floating around on the Internet.

So, with that being said, a few of us are going to highlight our favorites in a series of posts and let you decide for yourself if they outdo their original efforts.

 

“Mo’ Free, Mo’ Fallin” – White Panda

(Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” vs. Tom Petty’s “Free Falling“) 

First off, let me just say that I don’t think this is a better song than “Free Falling” – that’s a timeless classic. But I do prefer this mashup to the original B.I.G. hit, even without Diddy’s verse in the middle. Actually, come to think of it…the less I have to hear Diddy rap the better.

Anyways, the White Panda mashup keeps the catchy chorus but gives the two verses (especially Mase’s) a more powerful feel to them. I don’t think I’ve ever played this song at a party without someone telling me how sick it is or asking where I got it from.

 

“Quelqu’un M’a Dit: We Outta Here Baby” – 500 Days of Weezy

(Kanye West & Lil Wayne’s “Barry Bonds” vs. Carla Bruni’s “Quelqu’un M’a Dit“)

I actually hated “Barry Bonds” when I heard the original beat but when I heard this mashup it was a completely different experience. Both Kanye and Wayne really bring it in their verses but this new backtrack brings a lot more energy and a whole different feel; subtle Bruni back vocals add a really nice touch. Like the rest of the 500 Days of Weezy album, this MySickUncle creation does a great job of fusing Wayne tracks with indie songs you’d never think could work with hip-hop.

Bonus – This is also a pretty solid “Barry Bonds” mashup.

 

“Cudderisback” – Kid Cudi

(Raps over Vampire Weekend’s “Ottoman“)

This is one my favorite Cudi tracks to date, due in large part because of the fact I’m a big fan of Vampire Weekend. I’m glad Cudi left in the opening VW vocals before he starts spitting, but overall I think this version is much more enjoyable than the original.

 

“Hate It Or Love It” - G-Unit

(Remix of 50 Cent & Game’s “Hate It Or Love It“)

This version is pretty similar to the original but it features a few extra guest appearances from other G-Unit (R.I.P) headliners, including Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and Young Buck. My favorite verse of the entire song is Buck’s – it might be his best EVER.

 

“Shine Wit It” – Sorry For Partying

(Dem Franchize Boyz’s “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It” vs. Sunloverz’s “Shine On“)

Sorry For Partying delivers big time on this mashup, fusing together Dem Franchize Boyz’s party-acceptable lyrics with a bouncier club  sound. It’s an unlikely marriage, but one that surprisingly works great.

 

“Stuntin’ Like Mufasa” – djDoYou

(Lil Wayne & Birdman’s “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” vs. Lion King’s “Circle of Life“)

Speaking of an unlikely marriage…did anyone see this one coming?

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Your Picks: “Ignition Remix” – R.Kelly

(Remix of original “Ignition“)

Submitted by Kyle (@KylePatrickIgoe)

 

“In The Air Tonight Remix” – Phil Tupacollins

(Tupac’s “Starin’ Through My Rear View” vs. Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight“)

Submitted by Dan (@BruinsHockeyNow)

 

“Promises” – Nero & Skrillex

(Remix of Nero’s original “Promises“)

Submitted by Greg (@greg_payne)

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If you have any favorite remixes/ mashups you want us to know about, tweet ‘em at us or post the links in the comment section below and we’ll include them…the good ones anyways. T-Pain’s favorites will be coming in Part 2.

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Pete Blackburn
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