Remixes weren’t anything new when Flava In Ya Ear dropped. We had Paid In Full, we had the Buddy celebration and the heavily slept-on Scenario remix, that featured the tremendous and equally tragic debut of Kid Hood. LL had a slew of great remixes and I can’t forget Shut ‘Em Down, Grand Groove, I Gotcha Opin, Check Yo Self, On The Run & Poppa Large to name a few. When Puff said he invented the remix, he didn’t, he just revolutionized it. He made the remix, THE REMIX! Think about all the remixes he’s been “involved” with from Real Love, One More Chance, Big Poppa, Mariah’s Fantasy and Honey to Method Man’s I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By. And yes, I know Tone & Poke technically did that Meth remix, the same way K-Def did many Marley joints but the association is what I’m referring to. Puff changed the remix game all together. He made it the remix more important than the original track. He made it an all-star gala. Whether it was jackin’ catchy samples or gathering the right emcee, he knew the formula behind a classic remix. We know Easy Mo Bee produced Flava In Ya Year, but it was Puffy’s idea to put Big on there. I still use the “don’t be mad, UPS is hiring” line to this day! It was Puff’s idea to get Busta and by doing so, allowing Rampage to grace the track too. It was his idea to bring LL back from hip-hop purgatory to resurrect his career with just the line “Hee-shee, uh, blowticious/Skeevy, delicious.” WTF does that even mean? But it was LL and he has a knack for setting off his rhymes, commanding our attention, plus the video revealed what we all thought years ago, LL was indeed as bald as Andre Agassi. This remix wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last of its kind, but it will probably goes down as the most memorable remix there ever was!
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