The history of the remix has been a crucial aspect to the culture of rap music. In the late 1990s there was a shift that changed the landscape of the standard of a remix as rappers began to collaborate with pop stars and vice versa. The door opening for such crossovers trace back to the likes of Jay Z and Mariah Carey and then slowly became more prominent in the early 2000s with Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez. The era of the remix gave fans the excitement of expecting a fresh new take to an already beloved song, transforming the original into something brand new. But as the remix slowly and slowly beginning to lose the premise of what made them special in the first place, it started to become a strategic formula for record labels to sneak their artists up to the charts. Eventually the organic crossover of unusual collaborations became redundant and instead rappers were seen as rent-a-rappers with simple copy and paste verses added right before the final chorus of a song.
Now in present day, the excitement of a remix has seen a resurgence. The unlikely effect has been due in part to female rap, courtesy of the new age stars, Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat. Creating hits that allowed both female emcees to score their breakthrough singles, both stars owe their success due to the viral capabilities of TikTok. Both Savage and Say So have become inescapable on social media with dances of both songs dominating the landscape of the internet. As both songs have started climbing up the charts, both artists received incredible co-signs that ignited a new life to the hits. On the last week of April, two new remixes broke the internet, more specifically with hip-hop fans and stan twitter, as Megan Thee Stallion released a remix to Savage with Beyoncé and Doja Cat released a remix to Say So with Nicki Minaj.
Enlisting fellow Houston native, Megan Thee Stallion links up with Beyoncé for the completely transformed remix to Savage. Manifesting a collaboration with Beyoncé is not an easy feat, but Thee Stallion accomplished it on a song that has the entire world talking. With background ad-libs courtesy of the singer, Megan kicks off the remix with a new verse that hints at the lifestyle of the rich and the bougie. Comparing herself to Lil Wayne, the emcee lives up to her potential as she taunts with a ferocious flow that rivals her fellow new school peers, informing them to catch up. The anticipation builds as Beyoncé arrives with an effortless rap verse that references TikTok dances, and the NSFW subscription service OnlyFans. As she reassures that she’s a natural born savage thanks to her mother Tina, Beyoncé is ruthless as both she and Megan trade verses and reignite the spark of a remix. Savage remix is the best showcase of a good old throwback to the early 2000s rap remix.
Meanwhile, Doja Cat gets the ultimate co-sign from Nicki Minaj as the two emcees come together on the official remix to Say So. One of the notable songs that owe their success to TikTok, has skyrocketed to the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. The retro 70s sounding song gets a fresh modern spin as Minaj sides with a beat switch with fresh new production that’s not present on the original. Despite tag-teaming with a newcomer that’s currently thriving, Nicki Minaj claims that the game is boring as she revisits her skillset and even references the current on-going pandemic. While there’s no notable differences with Doja’s verse and chorus, Nicki remains present throughout the song with ad-libs and then closes out the song with a disrespectful outro that has fans speculating on who exactly is the veteran talking about. Unfortunately the outcome wasn't as exciting as it could've been. On a track that is as lively as Say So is, Nicki Minaj needed to match the carefree energy of Doja Cat, instead went the more personal route that wasn't necessary, when she should've revived the animated and charismatic Nicki that everyone once fell in love with.