Welcome to #TBT. Every week we will be serving up an old school jam that has been remixed, revamped, or covered to perfection.
This Thursday, we throw it back to 1996 with Stwo & Fitzroy’s remix of Nas and Lauryn Hill’s iconic “If I Ruled The World.” Stwo has been making noise on the interwebs with his soulful and melodic tunes, which aren’t too unlike the latest from the Weeknd. For this remix, Stwo enlisted the help of fellow Parisian Fitzroy. We all reap the benefits, as this xanaxed version ironically has a “Thugz Mansion (Acoustic)” feel to it.
I say ironically because Nas collaborated with the posthumous Tupac on the acoustic version of “Thugz Mansion,” but it was “If I Ruled The World” that fueled the beef between the two earlier. “If I Ruled The World” was actually a throwback testament of its own to Kurtis Blow’s song of the same name, but Nas’ version sampled Whodini’s “Friends,” which Tupac also sampled. Naturally, drama ensued. The rest of the story gets a little too convoluted to address here, so let’s just enjoy this smooth throwback remix before Kendrick Lamar starts another Rapocalypse.
STREAM: Nas – “If I Ruled The World (Stwo & Fitzroy Remix)”