Music Recommendation – Single – Fat Joe ft. Trey Songz, Pusha T, Ashanti, and Miguel, Pride N Joy (Remix)

While this song is a bit old, it found its way back into my head after giving it a listen recently. This remix has a smooth RnB hook and features a nice balance between Rap and RnB. While Trey Songz doesn’t get as much song-time as I would’ve hoped, the song is still pretty good.

I enjoy Pusha T’s verse, but Fat Joe kind of messes up the song. His verse is brief and it is his song, so I never let it ruin the track for me. Ashanti sounds excellent, and her verse is my favorite part. This is a love song that I really appreciate, between the message and the amazing collaboration of great artists on one song.

Overall, I would rate the song at 9.25/10. Each artist provides what they’re best at and Fat Joe is not terrible despite the unfortunate verse. I wish Trey had gotten more time, but his finale really caps the song well. Check it out below:

-Austin Heath

P.S. The original Pride N Joy isn’t too bad either, if you liked the remix you may like the original (definitely not as much though, just a disclaimer).

Music Recommendation – Single – DJ Khaled, Welcome to My Hood (Remix)

I listed the artists featured in the song below, as there are a lot. This legendary collaboration comes from DJ Khaled’s 2011 album, We The Best Forever. The first 10 ranked verses are pretty insane, and this 7-minute rap-fest is impressive all-together.

In the end, it was hard to rank some of these. Even at #6 I think Ludacris is one of the best verses on the track, but the others above him are still even better. T-Pain kind of ditches the hook after the first couple of verses, but it hardly changes the pace of the song.

Overall, I would rate the song at around 9.5/10. One of the best rap songs out there and highly underrated, Welcome to My Hood has a couple of disappointing verses but features some great talent from several notable rappers. Here are my rankings on the features in the song, which you can listen to below the list:

1. Ace Hood

2. T-Pain

3. Twista

4. Bun B

5. Busta Rhymes

6. Ludacris

7. Game

8. Jadakiss

9. Wake Flocka

10. Fat Joe

11. Mavado

12. Birdman

13. DJ Khaled

-Austin Heath