Best Remix Record of 2012
While this version of Rittz' Bloody Murdah fell into our "remix" category, you can think of it as more of a director's cut. Slated to appear as a guest on the album version of the record, Strange Music general Tech N9ne (now the artist's label boss) had to pass due to an overpacked schedule. In March of 2012, the Kansan underground icon finally got around to lacing DJ A's banging street production with that promised guest 16, which the headliner complemented with a brand new verse of his own. The result? A revamp that not only elevated the original to its full, intended glory, but beat out efforts by bigger names to become Booth readers' pick for the year's best.
Trae Tha Truth - I'm On 2.0
A good remix doesn't just add or change an existing song, it transforms the existing song. Case in point the K'NAAN Nothing to Lose (Elev8tor Remix), which finds producer Rashad giving the original a harder-edged overhaul featuring a moody, cinematic new beat and a grittier, flowed hook. Better than the original? The debate is out...but it's still a debate, and that's saying something.