The 10 Best Posse Cuts of 2010 (So Far)
Posse cuts are like friendlier versions of the WWE's Royal Rumble -- a platform designed to showcase all of the stars in the game, both up-and-coming and certified. Think back to the Main Source's 1991 "Live At The Barbecue," featuring Akinyele, Joe Fatal, and the debut of a rapper named Nas, or Big Pun's "Banned From TV" remix, featuring the murderer's row of N.O.R.E., Nature, Cam'ron, Jadakiss, and Styles P. More recently, there's been 2008's "Swagger Like Us"--T.I., Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and M.I.A.--or last year's "Forever," featuring Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, and Lil Wayne.
This year in particular, the posse cut seems to be in vogue. Kanye West has been the most visible artist to use the posse cut approach recently, stacking the majority of his G.O.O.D. Friday freebies with numerous MCs and singers. West also recently announced "All Of The Lights", the third single from his upcoming album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, will feature 11 artists (including Elton John!). But it's not just West calling all MCs to the booth. For whatever reason, great rappers have been teaming up a lot lately, and the result has been a hip-hop fan's wet dream. Every week, there's either some new remix or original song with numerous MCs trying to lay down the verse fans will talk about long after the song is playing. Here are ten of 2010's best posse cuts so far, complete with a verdict on who won each one:
Song: "Fat Raps (Remix)" (produced by Chuck Inglish) Lead Artist: Chip Tha Ripper/Big Sean Artists In Order of Appearance: Chuck Inglish (of the Cool Kids), Dom Kennedy, Big Sean, Boldy James, Asher Roth, and Chip Tha Ripper
If rap had an all-rookie team, most of these guys would be on the list. The original "Fat Raps" was led by Chip Tha Ripper and featured Big Sean and Curren$y. The remix landed on Big Sean's Finally Famous Vol 3: BIG mixtape, with the same beat as the original and a bunch of rappers who were either on a XXL Freshman cover or might be sometime in the near future. Best Verse: Big Sean
Song: "Get Big (Remix)" (produced by Nitti) Lead Artist: Dorrough Artists in Order of Appearance: Dorrough, Diddy, Yo Gotti, Bun B, Diamond, Shawty Lo, Wiz Khalifa, and Maino
Say what you want about Dallas-based rapper Dorrough, but it's obvious he has the ear for beats everyone else wishes they had. His previous hit, "Ice Cream Paint Job," was everywhere below the Mason Dixon line last summer, and had its own huge remix. This year he repeated the feat, getting seven MCs to appear on this remix of his current album's title track. Best Verse: Bun B
Song: "Mechanics (Remix)" (produced by Swizz Beatz) Lead Artist: Reek Da Villain Artists in Order of Appearance: DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, Vado, Cam'ron, Method Man, and Nelly
A member of Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad, Reek calls in a lineup dominated by New York MCs, including Method Man--fitting, since the beat is a sample of Jerry Butler's "I'm Your Mechanical Man", the same song Meth used for his song "Bring The Pain." DJ Khaled is also a welcome presence with his introductions for every MC, including the highlight: "NELLY AKA 35 MILLION SOLD!!!!" Best Verse: Method Man
Song: "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley (Remix)" (produced by Prime) Lead Artist: Lloyd Banks Artists In Order Of Appearance: Lloyd Banks, Ludacris, The-Dream, Jadakiss, and Yo Gotti
Unfortunately Juelz Santana, featured on the original, couldn't get a call back for the official remix. Instead we're stuck with an odd verse from The-Dream in the middle of some very strong verses from Luda, Jada, and Yo Gotti. Oh well. The original, meaty beat is kept (mostly) intact and the rest of the MCs sound like they are more than ready to go in and brag about some variation of whatever they're riding. Best Verse: JadakissNext Page
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