February 18, 2014 7:15am PT by Ashley Lee
Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love': Kanye West, The Weeknd Release Remixes (Audio)
As Beyonce and Jay Z continue to top the charts with "Drunk in Love" — their latest collaboration that kicked off the Grammys with a bang last month — other hip-hop names are hoping to get in on the action.
Newly released remixes of the singer's second single off her self-titled album feature verses by Kanye West, The Weeknd and T.I., each featuring a beat distinct from the original, or any other, version. Diplo and DJ Ted Smooth have also shared their electro-infused versions over the Valentine's Day weekend.
West begins the remix with his verse, which, after a few graphic descriptions, references Kim Kardashian with lines like "I impregnated your mouth, girl, that’s when I knew you can be my spouse, girl" and "I put you on that bike, you 'Bound' girl," pointing to his "Bound 2" video. The song also features more bass and a phrase from West's 2007 hit "Flashing Lights," just after Beyonce sings it.
Listen to the track below.
A new 30-second clip released by Beyonce after West's remix dropped teases that a corresponding video might be on the way:
T.I. also begins his rendition with his verse, filled with his own share of metaphors for the song's subject. The "Watch the Duck EDM - Trap Remix" by DJ MLK also includes a much fuller background, with percussion and repeats of the voice singing in the original's first few measures.
Listen to the remix with T.I. below:
The Weeknd puts his smooth tenor on his remix, which should really be considered a cover, as he rewrites the lyrics to not only tell the "Drunk in Love" story from a male perspective ("My tongue got superpowers, I woke up in the morning, models passed out in the shower"), but also highlight points from his musical career ("Did an album just to do it, dropping albums like a pill"). Still, he keeps a few key lines from the singer's original.
Listen to The Weeknd's version of Beyonce's hit below:
Diplo, who worked with The Weeknd on Sia's "Elastic Heart" track for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, shared his own version of the hit, sprinkled with breaks and drops but still very true to the original.
Listen to Diplo's remix below:
For his remix, DJ Ted Smooth instead chose to mix Beyonce and Jay Z's Grammy performance and layer it over the haunting piano keys of A$AP Ferg's "Work." This version also rearranges the sequence of the song.
Listen to Ted Smooth's remix below:
Which version do you like best? Sound off in the comments below.