DJ Khaled Turned a Lot of Rappers Down for “Hip Hop” Remix
It’s commonplace for a big record to be remixed. But ask DJ Khaled if his instant classic record “Hip Hop,” featuring Nas, Scarface and DJ Premier will ever be remixed and the boisterous Cash Money DJ says there’s no chance.
Khaled recently told XXL that several rappers have reached out to him after hearing the record off his Kiss the Ring album, which dropped August 21, about the possibility of jumping on the record for a remix. Khaled's told them all the song is so special with Premier, Nas and 'Face—the former regarded as one of the best hip-hop producers to ever do it, followed by the latter two renowned among the greatest lyricists of all time—that he has to leave this track untouched.
“A lot of them want to get on there, but I tell them that, ‘This is something that can’t be tampered with,’” Khaled said. “‘This is done. This is documented already. This is a sealed package.’”
“I got calls weeks after they heard it, like, ‘Khaled, what the fuck?’” Khaled continued.
Nas brought out Scarface to perform Khaled’s standout cut, “Hip Hop,” during his Rock the Bells performance at the PNC Banks Arts Center in New Jersey on Sunday (September 2). Lauryn Hill and Large Professor were also amongst the Queensbridge rapper’s special guests.—Mark Lelinwalla