6 U.S. R&B And Hip Hop Artists That Got The UK Garage Treatment
We know that Garage music got its name from the legendary New York nightclub the Paradise Garage (the only genre of music to be named after a place). We also know that UK Garages' roots lay firmly in US House music, and that around 1996 UK producers made UKG a truly home grown scene.
But in 1997 UK Garage started to shift again after American producer Kelly G remixed Tina Moore's track 'Never Gonna Let You Go', the song went on to become the 2-Step Garage tune. This opened the flood gates for UK producers who then started to remix and remake US R&B and Hip Hop songs officially and unofficially.
1. Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine (Architech’s B&M Remix)
Our first example of a US R&B song getting the UKG treatment is the Architech's B&M bootleg remix of Brandy & Monica's classic tune "The Boy Is Mine". The unofficial remix was released on white label in 1998 and reportedly went on to sell 20,000 copies to cement it as a UK Garage classic.
The original spent 13 weeks on top of the US Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1998, and was awarded the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group and received nominations for both Record of the Year and Best R&B Song in 1999. The track would also peak at #2 in the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 1998.
2. De La Soul Feat. Chaka Khan - All good? (MJ Cole Remix)
The New York Hip Hop trio's song "All Good?" that features the vocals of Disco diva Chaka Khan got an official MJ Cole remix in 2000. The classically-trained musician puts his signature keyboard playing and bassline into the remix, and Cole's remix would help get the track into the top 40 of the UK Singles chart.
3. Destiny's Child - Bug A Boo (Jameson Remix)
In the year 2000 American super group Destiny’s Child got the UK Garage treatment by Jameson (an alias of Jaimeson, who produced the UKG classic "True"). The bootleg remix of "Bug A Boo" would have a thumpin' bassline and make it a firm favourite on the UKG scene.
The original featured on Destiny's Child's second album "The Writing's on the Wall", and the single would peak at #9 in the UK Singles Chart.
4. K-Ci & JoJo - Tell Me It's Real (Club Asylum Steppers Mix)
American R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo (who are in fact brothers) had their song "Tell Me It's Real" remixed by Club Asylum a.k.a UK Garage pioneer Jeremy Sylvester in 1999. Originally released on MCA, where the single would reach the top 40 in the chart. In 2000 the song would fair better after being re-released on the AM:PM label, and would reach the top 20 in the singles chart. It would also become a summer anthem in Ayia Napa that year.
5. Sisqo - Thong Song (Artful Dodger Remix)
UK Garage legends the Artful Dodger would remix Sisqo's rather naughty "Thong Song". The original featured on Sisqo’s 1999 album Unleash the Dragon, "Thong Song" would be released in UK in 2000, and the Artful Dodger remix would help "Thong Song" peak at #3 in the UK Singles Chart.
Sisqo has also released an official 2017 update of "Thong Song", with the help of Norwegian production trio Jcy. Apparently "it was time to put some new rims on the Bugatti".
6. Usher - U-Turn (G4orce Mix Featuring MC Rookie)
American R&B superstar Usher had his single "U-Turn" remixed by G4orce in 2002. The single came from Usher fourth album 8701, and "U-Turn" was produced my US R&B producer Jermaine Dupri. "U-Turn" would reached the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart in the spring of 2002.
MC Rookie who featured on the remix was actually the resident MC at my local club Zen in Dartford, Kent back in the day.