Black News, Entertainment, Style and Culture - HuffPost Black Voices
iOS app Android app More
March 31, 2015

Dear Apologetic Racists: Cry Me A River

Levi Pettit ASSOCIATED PRESS

When a child actress is called a vile name by an long-running satire site, a beautiful young singer is labeled a stoner for wearing dreadlocks and a phenomenal 13-year old-female athlete is called a slut, they deserve more than a canned, robotic mea culpa.

NBC's Next Musical Will Be 'The Wiz'

The Wiz Movie
John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive via Getty Images

Here's What You Need To Know About Trevor Noah, New 'Daily Show' Host

Trevor Noah
NBC via Getty Images

Here's The Truth About Interracial Dating... Mostly

Interracial
YouTube

Democrats and Republicans In Congress Actually Found Something To Agree On

Cory Booker
Gilbert Carrasquillo via Getty Images

Michelle Obama Declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

Michelle Obama
Gilbert Carrasquillo via Getty Images

All Hail The Pinkett-Smith Family!

Pinkett Smith
Bennett Raglin/BET via Getty Images

WaPo's Jonathan Capehart Urges Forgiveness For Expelled Oklahoma Student

Jonathan Capehart
Bryan Bedder via Getty Images

We Need Real Talk About Black Girls And Women

Black Female Graduate
David Malan via Getty Images

Man Killed By Police On L.A.'s Skid Row Had Studied Physics, Wanted to Be Actor

Skid Row Shooting Africa
MARK RALSTON via Getty Images

Gorgeous Black-And-White Portraits Explore The Meaning Of Multiracial Identities

Sigourney
Global Black Voices
 

Double Vision: Meet the Pairs of Twins Who Are Revolutionizing African Fashion (PHOTOS)

Jumeaux Twins
urbanbushbabes

A Boston Cop Shooting And Our Post-Truth Era

Gun Violence
Berggren, Hans via Getty Images

Nigeria Is Holding Elections While Thousands Are Still Displaced By Violence

Nigeria Election
PIUS UTOMI EKPEI via Getty Images

Powerful Short Film Challenges Beauty Ideals That Govern Skin Color

Yu

Troubled Waters: Why Africa's Largest Lake Is In Grave Danger

Lake Victoria Tanzania
DEA / K. MULLER via Getty Images

Roger Moore: Comments About Idris Elba Were Taken Out Of Context

Idris Elba
Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Ferguson Mayor Thinks DOJ Report Put Too Much Focus On Race

James Knowles
Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Kenyans Sweep Races At World Cross Country Championships

Geoffrey Kamworor
Kevin Lee via Getty Images

Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Unarmed Man Shot By Police

Tony Robinson
AP

Taraji P. Henson Apologizes For Racial Profiling Allegation

Taraji Henson
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

I Wasn't Prepared For The Horror Story That Is Online Dating While Black

Online Dating
Zeba Blay

Nigeria Votes In Election Amid Boko Haram Violence

Nigeria
- via Getty Images

Student Indicted For Hanging Noose Around Ole Miss Statue Honoring James Meredith

James Meredith Statue
Wesley Hitt via Getty Images

Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women's Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory

Dreadlocks
Leland Bobbe via Getty Images

FOLLOW HUFFPOST

    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    3. View all RSS feeds

Nathalie Emmanuel Sizzles In GQ

Nathalie Emmanuel
David Burton/GQ

Jamie Foxx Slammed For 'Transphobic' Jokes

Jamie Foxx
Kevin Winter via Getty Images

Rihanna Channels Lil' Kim At iHeartRadio Music Awards

Rihanna
Kevin Mazur via Getty Images

It's A Destiny's Child Reunion!

Destinys Child
Kevin Mazur via Getty Images

Rihanna's 'Home' Beats Out 'Get Hard' At The Box Office

Home
DreamWorks

Orange Carpet Style From The 2015 Kids' Choice Awards

Kids Choice Awards 2015
Getty Images

Larry Wilmore Knows The Real Reason Men Call Women 'Sluts'

Larry Wilmore
Johnny Louis via Getty Images

Does Ballet Have a Color?

Ballet Slippers
Antonio Gravante via Getty Images

Kevin Durant Is Done For The Season

Kevin Durant
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ludacris Did Not Like The Paul Walker Jokes At Justin Bieber's Roast

Ludacris
HuffPost Live

Unlocking The Truth's Journey From Viral Craze To Label Hostages

Unlocking The Truth
Kevin Winter via Getty Images

Kendrick Lamar Has The First No. 1 Album With 'Pimp' In The Title

Kendrick Lamar
Chris Weeks via Getty Images

Whatever Happened To Meshell Ndegeocello?

Meshell Ndegeocello
Naïve Records

Karrueche Tran Opens Up About Her Love Triangle With Chris Brown And Rihanna

Karruche
OWN

Watch Mariah Carey Casually Sing Along To Her Greatest Hits

Corden Carey
CBS

Cookie Heads To 'SNL'

Taraji P Henson Empire
FOX via Getty Images

This $12.95 Million Penthouse Is The Clear Answer To Your 'Empire' Withdrawals

Empire Penthouse
Phil Skowron

Tweet





10.
The Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon and Keith Murray), 'Rapper's Delight' (Sugar Hill Gang)
Giving props to the Sugar Hill Gang, the trio sticks closely to the original song's script. The video features b-boys dancing, retro fashions and the infamous "chicken that tastes like wood."





9. Ben Folds Five, 'Bitches Ain't Shit' (Dr. Dre)
In this unlikely cover from Ben Folds, the piano man transforms the bouncy (albeit misogynistic) original from Dr. Dre's 1993 album, 'The Chronic,' into an impossibly sweet-sounding rebuke of scandalous women. Sounds like a paradox, but it works.





8. Black Star, 'Children's Story' (Slick Rick)

When Mos Def and Talib Kweli combined as Black Star in the mid-90s, the Brooklyn rappers paid homage to Slick Rick on this remake of the Bronx icon's classic track about dodging the police. At this live performance, the duo run through their version in which the lyrics are a pointed critique the music industry.





7. Rage Against the Machine, 'Pistol Grip Pump' (Volume 10)
Before these rockers parted ways in 2000, they satisfied their hip-hop jones by including a few hip-hop remakes on their last studio album, 'Renegades,' a collection of cover songs from artists such as Devo, MC5, Cypress Hill and others. This underappreciated cut by Los Angeles rapper Volume 10 gets an overhaul that really makes you want to jump in a mosh pit. Or cock back the ratchet.





6.Tricky, 'Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos' (Public Enemy)
On his 1995 debut album 'Maxinquaye,' Tricky enlisted Martina-Topley Bird to assist on the vocals of this remake of this bracing Public Enemy song (from their influential 'It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' album). The track is an indictment of the prison system and a retelling of a prison riot. Somehow the pair makes the track sound even more menacing and urgent.





5. Rage Against the Machine, 'I'm Housin' (EPMD)
Off the same 'Renegades' album, Rage clocks in again here. This time their interpretation of EPMD's 'I'm Housin'' becomes a growling, sneering declaration of intent. It's so far from the laidback yet steely-eyed attitude of the Long Island trio's original but this rocked-out rendition works so well as an unrepentant chest-beater.




4. Jay Electronica, 'My World (Nas Salute)' (Nas)
For this New Orleans rap eccentric to remake "The World Is Yours' from Nas' classic album, 'Illmatic,' shows that the upstart has guts. He adds his own lyrics, rhyming over a jazzy beat that's arguably better than the original. If Jay Electronica has designs on being considered rap's next great lyricist, this song is could easily make his case.





3. Snoop Dogg, 'Lodi Dodi' (Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh)
On his 1993 debut album, 'Doggystyle,' Snoop Dogg honored his rap heroes Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh when he re-recorded this classic party jam. Snoop's elastic delivery is every bit as memorable as Rick's Bronx-British accented rhymes. If only he could beatbox like Doug...





2. The Roots, 'Raw' (Big Daddy Kane)

No matter how much the critics praise their studio albums or how cushy their job as Jimmy Fallon's talk show band seems, the Roots don't rest on their hip-hop laurels. If you catch them live, Questlove, Black Thought and crew are liable to spend just as much time performing their own songs as covers of vintage rap tracks. Here, Thought keeps the pace with Big Daddy Kane as the duo trade verses on the Brooklyn rapper's 'Raw.'




1. Lil Wayne, 'Hail Mary' (Makaveli aka Tupac Shakur)
During Weezy's recent 'Unplugged' performance on MTV, he did an excellent and emotional rendition of Tupac's 'Hail Mary.' He might not have the vocal range of the late rapper to be able to reach those sing-songy parts of the chorus. But Wayne proved he's every bit as good as Pac at interpreting music with feeling, depth and truck loads of charisma.


What's your favorite remake of an old school rap song? Let us know in the comments.
Tagged as: black music month, black music month 2011, BlackThought, CoverSongs, Def Squad, DrDre, epmd, ErickSermon, Illmatic, Jay Electronica, keith murray, Lil Wayne, LilWayne, martina topley-bird, mos def, nas, public enemy, Questlove, Redman, snoop dogg, SnoopDogg, Talib Kweli, TheRoots, volume10

Comments: (2)

Add a comment

Page 1 of 1

More Black Voices Features

Follow Us

Most Commented Articles

Daily Drama

The Best Clips From TV's Hottest Shows


More Daily Drama >>

Get Closer to BV

BLACK MUSIC NEWS
The latest news and updates on a multitude of music stars.
Check It Out!

BLACK MUSIC NOTES

       

MEN OF MCCAFÉ SEARCH
McDonald's continues its nationwide search to find five community-service minded black men during this year's CIAA tournament.


LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN

       
 

Find a Message Board

Discover conversations on everyone from Barack to Beyonce. There are nearly 50 forums, so click on a category below and find the right one for you.

Blog Roll