23 Rappers Rapping Over Other Hip-Hop Artists’ Beats Recently
Unauthorized remixes and lengthy freestyle sessions aren’t as popular now as they were during G-Unit’s heyday 13 years ago, but by no means have rappers left those once marquee impromptu creations completely in the past. Just ask folks like Joyner Lucas, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Lil Wayne and Vic Mensa, who’ve all taken the beats of other rappers for a test drive at different points this year.
Joyner Lucas wowed just about everyone when he pulled up on Future’s insanely popular Southside and Metro Boomin-produced “Mask Off” instrumental, seamlessly stringing together one impressively rhymed couplet after the other. On the more lighthearted side of things is “Wild Thots,” an A Boogie and Fabolous collab over DJ Khaled’s Rihanna and Bryson Tiller-assisted, platinum-selling single, “Wild Thoughts.” We’ll let you figure out how they flipped it.
Being one of the top songs of this spring and summer, it’s no surprise Playboi Carti’s “Magnolia” has been an instrumental a few rappers have dipped their toes in. Weezy dropped his version of the track last month, which made sense because the song references the Magnolia Projects, the place Weezy used to call home. He definitely did his thing, too.
Of course, it was Vic Mensa who recently did some serious damage in what was probably the mother of all freestyles in 2017 so far. Appearing on Sway in the Morning, Mensa attacked Kendrick Lamar’s “HiiiPoWer” as if he was engaged in a battle for his career. Kinda looks like he won.