Early 2000’s. My middle school days (however that may age me). Before David Guetta had breached the gap between hip hop and dance music and every Top 40 hit was either commanding you to put your thing down or flip it or possibly even reverse it. I didn’t have a car yet, nor did I have a subwoofer … or a clue, to be honest. Did you also sit at your computer or beside your CD player in middle school or high school? Did you listen to the same wonderful songs over and over again? Did your subpar sound system consists of 6-inch computer speakers? Well, after you wipe away tears of deep regret for your younger self, here are some new remixes of old favorites. So, get up and dance.
1. “Shut ‘Em Down / Music Flow” – Sharam Jey & Vanilla Ace
What exactly does “DMX” stand for? Please let me know. I’m too afraid of Googling random letters and words after thinking “Dirty Sanchez” was a cute nickname for a certain handsome NFL quarterback.
If jumping around to housey beats is more of your thing than getting low to hip hop, this remix of a dirty dance floor staple might be the remix for you. Vanilla Ace is at it yet again, bringing you some of the most danceable remixes out of London this year. He may even have erased any memory of dancing to this song at a school dance, so we may as well call him Miracle Ace.
2. “I’m Real” – Jennifer Lopez & Ja Rule (Pegato Remix)
Yes, I’m capitalizing on the fact that society is currently in the throes of a Ja Rule Renaissance or “Ja Rule-aissance”, similar to when Ja Rule briefly capitalized on his flawless six-pack back in the day. Otherwise, we would’ve just know him as the “poor man’s DMX”.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Tanya, WHY would ANYBODY remix Ja EVER? Every song of his is perfect and OMG STOP.” So, let’s consider this an homage / tribute to the sultan of Murder, Inc. and enjoy the music.
3. “Halo” – Alex Cruz & No One 32 (ft. Ane Brun)
Destiny’s Child dazzler Beyonce Knowles, now married to Def Jam hard hitter Jay-Z, once released a song called “Halo”, and this reboot is even better than the original.
Okay, okay, I’m cheating on the timeline here, so let’s call this throwing one to the younger crowd. Were you in middle school or early high school when Queen Bey’s ultra ballad “Halo” was released in 2008? You’re welcome, kiddos!