Record companies have never been shy about jumping on the bandwagon when
there’s a chance of reaping some dough.
That explains why this July, in the wake of successful remix albums by P.
Diddy and Jennifer Lopez, Columbia Records will release remix discs by Nas,
Cypress Hill and Jessica Simpson, with EPs by Jagged Edge and Overseer to
The tentative title for the Nas disc is From Illmatic to Stillmatic,
and guest stars include AZ, R. Kelly and Foxy Brown, a Columbia spokesperson
said. The six-song release will feature remixes of three songs from the
rapper’s 1994 album, Illmatic, “Life’s a Bitch (Arsenal Mix) Remix”
featuring AZ, “One Love (LG Main Mix) Remix” and “It Ain’t Hard to Tell.”
Two of the additional tracks were originally on 1996’s It Was Written
(“Street Dreams” featuring R. Kelly and “Affirmative Action” featuring Foxy
Brown and AZ). The final cut on the disc is a mix of “One Mic” from 2001’s
Cypress Hill’s remix album, which looks to be called Stash, is also
composed of six career-spanning tunes, but it doesn’t feature many of the
group’s more popular cuts such as “How I Could Just Kill a Man,” “Insane in
the Brain” and “Hits From the Bong.” And strangely, none of the songs are
from the band’s most popular record, 1993’s Black Sunday.” Four cuts
were produced by DJ Muggs for Soul Assassins.
Two songs are from 1995’s Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom —
“Illusions (Harpsichord Mix)” and “Throw Your Set in the Air (Slow Roll
Remix).” Each of the remaining four joints is from a different record.
“Latin Lingo (Blackout Mix)” stems from the band’s 1992 self-titled debut.
“Checkmate (Hang ’em High Remix Radio Edit)” is from 1998’s IV, “Rap
Superstar (Alchemist Remix)” is from 2000’s Skull & Bones and
“Amplified (Fredwreck [Nassar] Remix) is from 2001’s Stoned Raiders.
Jessica Simpson’s still-untitled remix disc features songs from both of her
albums. There are two versions of two cuts from her 1999 debut, Sweet
Kisses. “I Wanna Love You Forever” is included as a “Soul Solution
Remix” and “Soul Solution Extended Club Remix,” and “I Think I’m in Love
With You” appears as a “Peter Rauhofer Club Mix” and “Lenny B’s Club Mix.”
There are also two versions of the title track from her 2001 disc,
Irresistible (“So So Def Remix” featuring Jermaine Dupri and Bow Wow
and “Hex Hector Club Mix”). The last song is “A little Bit” (Chris “The
Greek” & Guido Club Mix).
While the sudden popularity of remix albums is triggering a flood of new
releases, the phenomenon is hardly new. Since the late ’80s artists
including Bobby Brown, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Bell Biv Devoe, Boyz II
Men and Madonna have issued remix discs.