Werner von Wallenrod: Now, there have been a couple of Fast Life remixes already released. There’s the killer Norfside remix by Salaam Remi (sometimes wrongly credited to Buckwild), which was on Epic’s promo 12″. And there’s also the Vinyl Reanimators’ remix from their remix sampler 12″. Both of those trumped the LP version, but this one tops them all. This one’s smoother and grittier than any of the other mixes…this one feels like it should be the original, the definitive version of the song.
Buckwild: I worked on this somewhat later then I should have. Even though I did the album version and it was the single, Salaamâ€™s remix was chosen before I even turned this in. I was going to use it on the white label, but went with the NaS and AZ songs instead.
While I’m showcasing how we’ve been ahead of the game, we posed this same question around this time two years ago as part of our Who Flipped It Better? series, before there was word of a true Buckwild remix. So now we return with another viable candidate, one that quite possibly may swoop in and take the cake as the most fitting one around, featured on the new Celph Titled related project, the Buckwild Presents EP, on No Sleep Recordings.
Vote for your selection as to which of them is the best of the bunch after the jump.
Here’s an idea of what DJ Shame of Vinyl Reanimators had to say a few years before all this, back in mid 2006:
DJ Shame: For me, at that time, when NaS had killed the streets with Illmatic, to be on a track with motherfucking G Rap and be rhyming over Happy by Surface just wasn’t doing it! Don’t get me wrong, I love the track Happy, but these were two of the most respected MCs on a street level and it completely lacked the element of raw hip hop. I had already done that track and the a capella fit it perfectly, so I added some cuts to fit the track as well.
Rebel to America: What was the campaign like to get Epic to accept your remix?
DJ Shame: We figured we’d blow the remix up on radio which would hopefully force the label to pick it up. We also went through a couple cats we knew that worked at the label as well…but nope.
Rebel to America: How much of a missed opportunity did it feel like?
DJ Shame: It was unfortunate, I guess…but oh well. I also had a chance of doing work with NaS prior to that while he was still on Ruffhouse, but he switched to straight Columbia.
Rebel to America: What did you think of Remi’s remix?
DJ Shame: It was alright, but I don’t think it compared to the remix I did. And it didn’t make nearly as much noise either.
Rebel to America: You’ve done official remixes, but then also, like with the Fast Life situation, had to resort to white labels. Can you talk about the importance of that avenue for your music?
DJ Shame: It was just a way of putting out stuff without having to deal with some of the record company morons. We tried dealing with a bunch of A&R people but found that most didn’t know what time it was.
Now remember, Shame and Salaam were not only remixing the same vocals, they were also using some of the same samples around that time as well.
Kool G Rap â€“ Fast Life ft. NaS (Produced by Buckwild)
Kool G Rap â€“ Fast Life (Buckwild Remix) ft. NaS (Produced by Buckwild)
Kool G Rap â€“ Fast Life (Norfside Remix) ft. NaS (Produced by Salaam Remi)
Kool G Rap â€“ Fast Life (Vinyl Reanimators Remix) ft. NaS (Produced by The Vinyl Reanimators)
(As a bonus, I’ve included Funkmaster Flex’s mix from the Hot 97 promo 12″.)
People have been talking about the remixes to this track for years and probably will for many more. Well, what’s your pick? Remi‘s Norfside mix? The VR sampler mix? The newly released Buckwild? Or do you just wanna stick with the original? Leave your reasoning in the comments and / or cast a ballot for your choice below.