9 Hip-Hop Remixes to Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” That Will Have You So Deep in Your Feelings
Singer Ella Mai's breakout smash "Boo'd Up" is one of 2018's most unlikely hits—mostly because the song, which has peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, dropped more than one year ago. Debuting in February 2017, "Boo'd Up" went from a fan-loved favorite by a rising R&B starlet to a full-blown pop sensation.
The Mustard-produced track's irresistible midtempo vibe and lovey-dovey lyrics have even got hip-hop artists so deep in their feelings. Since the British singer's track began to really bubble earlier this year, quite a few rappers have taken it upon themselves to try their hand at Ella Mai's hit record by dropping their own remixes. 2015 XXL Freshman K Camp was the earliest to revamp "Boo'd Up" in April, but hip-hop really began taking notice when Plies tackled the track one month later. This week, Mai dropped an official remix to "Boo'd Up," featuring Nicki Minaj and Quavo.
"It was dope to know that people love that song enough to remix it on their own," the 23-year-old artist told XXL last month of "Boo'd Up," before its official remix landed. "It's one of those beats that’s easy to ride to. So it's been really cool to see people from hip-hop appreciate that song and want to make it their own."
The fact that rappers are flipping Ella Mai's music is ironic, considering that she was first discovered by doing the same. Her rise to fame came via covering popular songs in short Instagram clips. The first cover she posted was Fetty Wap's "679" back in 2015, which helped the unsigned singer land on The Shade Room. Three years later, Fetty is among the rappers revamping her music.
To celebrate the official remix of "Boo'd Up"—as well as the other remixes already released and yet-to-drop—XXL rounds up nine alternate versions of Ella Mai's big record.