On his cover of Beyoncé's recent insta-classic, the Atlanta star trades in steamy vocals for lightning-fast raps. His Auto-Tuned flow blows Jay Z's god-awful verse on the original out of the water. And if Future's pained wails can't come close to Queen Bey, he gets points for originality.
M.I.A. | 2010
Maya Arulpragasam, a.k.a. M.I.A., is best known for her clanking beats and unusual samples, but she and dubstep producer-DJ Rusko went a different sonic direction on this dreamy piece of head music. According to M.I.A.'s publicist, "The song and video were made Monday night for $100," and it was quickly released via Twitter. Here the singer continues her ongoing feud with the New York Times, decrying the fact that they short-listed her native Sri Lanka as a top place to visit in 2010, even though people there where being shot. The song subsequently appeared on Maya.