Best Remix Record of 2013
For a while, it looked like Rocko's U.O.E.N.O. would be remembered primarily as that song where Rick Ross spiked an unsuspecting woman's champagne with molly—which is a damn shame, since it also boasted one of the year's dopest instrumentals. In May, Black Hippy swooped in and saved the record's legacy by giving it the remix it—or, at least, Childish Major's beat—truly deserved. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and ScHoolboy Q each contribute standout verses, and the end result is one of the rare remixes that clearly surpasses its prototype.
Sometimes, the distinction between a remix and an original record gets a little bit blurry, and No New Friends is a case in point. The lead single off DJ Khaled's Suffering for Success LP began life as a revamped version of Drake's smash-hit Started From the Bottom, but few would have guessed that from the end product, which packs a brand new beat by Boi 1da and Noah “40” Shebib along with fresh verses from Drizzy, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. Whatever it was, we were feeling it—and we weren't the only ones, judging by its impressive performance on the Billboard charts and its Gold RIAA certification.