“Get Money” by Junior M.A.F.I.A. feat. The Notorious B.I.G. (1995/Remix, 1996)

When The Notorious B.I.G. blew up at the end of 1994, he wasted no time putting his people on. The Junior M.A.F.I.A. (Masters at Finding Intelligent Attitudes) boasted a bunch of Big’s homies from Bed-Stuy, and their debut album, Conspiracy, hit stores in the summer of ’95, just as their mentor was topping the charts… Read More “Get Money” by Junior M.A.F.I.A. feat. The Notorious B.I.G. (1995/Remix, 1996)

“Get It Together” by The Beastie Boys feat. Q-Tip (1994)

I’m pretty sure Q-Tip was the first featured rapper on a Beastie Boys track, and that’s gotta count for something. Even though I want to knock “Get It Together” down half a point for Tip’s repeated use of the word “nigga” on a track where the main artists are three white dudes, the song is… Read More “Get It Together” by The Beastie Boys feat. Q-Tip (1994)

“The Game Of Love” by Santana feat. Michelle Branch (2002)

There was never a period with Santana during which I was like oh, man; I’ve gotta dig deeper into this guy’s catalog. That changed with 1999’s Supernatural. Placing a ’60s guitar legend in a contemporary setting with modern-day vocalists was, at the very least, a marketing masterstroke. And I dug most of Supernatural the first… Read More “The Game Of Love” by Santana feat. Michelle Branch (2002)

“Friends” by Jody Watley feat. Eric B. & Rakim (1989)

Nowadays, it’s beyond commonplace to see a popular singer team up with a rapper. When Jody Watley did it with “Friends”, it was a rarity–if even that. I’m actually struggling to think of a team up that predates friends, outside of gimmick collaborations between rappers and rock and roll has-beens (see: Run-DMC & Aerosmith¹ and… Read More “Friends” by Jody Watley feat. Eric B. & Rakim (1989)

“Flava In Ya Ear (remix)” by Craig Mack feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Rampage the Last Boy Scout, LL Cool J & Busta Rhymes (1994)

Puffy didn’t invent the remix. Even the idea of reconstructing a song so it was almost completely different from the original and calling it a remix existed before Puffy. However, his re-rub of Bad Boy’s first hit set a couple of precedents and served several purposes. Oh, and it might also be the best hip-hop… Read More “Flava In Ya Ear (remix)” by Craig Mack feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Rampage the Last Boy Scout, LL Cool J & Busta Rhymes (1994)

“Feel The Fire” by Peabo Bryson (1978)/Stephanie Mills (1979)/Teddy Pendergrass (feat. Stephanie Mills, 1980)

I first heard “Feel The Fire” as recorded by Stephanie Mills. It was the final track on her 1979 breakout album What’cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ and got major burn in the house I grew up in. Someone in my family must’ve been going through it. It also apparently got burn in lots of… Read More “Feel The Fire” by Peabo Bryson (1978)/Stephanie Mills (1979)/Teddy Pendergrass (feat. Stephanie Mills, 1980)

“Fantasy (Bad Boy Remix)” by Mariah Carey feat. ODB (1995)

There was Mariah Carey before the “Fantasy” remix and Mariah Carey after the “Fantasy” remix. Prior to this remix, Mariah seemed to be headed down a direction that could charitably be described as “middle of the road”. Inspirational ballads, soft-rock covers, and the occasional dance-informed tune to remind her fans that she was a) still… Read More “Fantasy (Bad Boy Remix)” by Mariah Carey feat. ODB (1995)