6 Times Joyner Lucas Killed a Remix
Joyner Lucas came into the rap game with the reputation of being a rapper's rapper, and he upholds that distinction nearly every time he steps to the mic—particularly, when he drops one of his signature remixes.
Freed from concepts like coherence or song structure, Joyner pulls out every trick in his lyrical bag. Think Kyrie Irving at the NBA All-Star game, dribbling to his heart's content and leaving players and fans astonished with a wide array of crossover dribbles and slick spin moves. That's Joyner Lucas on your favorite song's instrumental, serving up a remix that you didn't even know you needed.
With the dexterity of a carpenter, the fresh enthusiasm of a lifelong rap fan and a flow that can only be earned through years of cypher-dwelling, Joyner always comes correct when putting his own twist on popular songs. Take, for instance, his version of Future's "Mask Off," on which the Worcester, Mass. rapper lets loose a barrage of tight rhyme schemes while playfully going at the necks of folks like Lil Yachty and (less playfully) Logic. If you liked 50 Cent's "How to Rob," you probably love how Joyner hijacked Future's highest charting song to date.
"I don't take no fucking percocets/Molly, Percocets/No ecstasy, promethazine/No lean, no purple mess/No dirty Sprite but bitch, I got that Kyrie Irving step/If you don't think that I'm the shit, it's just you ain't heard me yet/I'm 'bout to put my mask on, my mask on/Stick all these industry niggas up until they cash gone," he spits over the ice-cold, Southside & Metro Boomin-produced gem.
With a genuine love of rhyme, a supreme knack for freestyling and the spontaneity to flip tracks from your favorite artists, Joyner Lucas has some of the best remixes in the rap game. XXL takes a look at some of Joyner's best bar work when he's jacking for beats.