The instrumentals on this list are not simply sampling a facet of a beat, but rather use the beat as is, getting tweaked a little bit here and there at most. They are not remixes or freestyles either- their titles contain no allusion to the original track. So no Lil Wayne tracks from when he was running the mixtape circuit, all of his tapes being littered with remixes. Additionally, this is in not throwing shade at the later versions, but rather appreciation for seeing something that could be repurposed and shared with a new audience. Whether that credit is due entirely to the rappers who spit on them or not, I do not know what happens behind closed doors.
Young Bleed "How You Do Dat" Ft. Master P & C-Loc (1998) / Problem "Like Whaaat Ft. Bad Lucc (2013)
Okay, the title of Problem's 2013 rendition has a slight (direct) allusion to the original, but 15 years later "Like Whaat" is pretty far removed from its elder. "How You Do Dat" was ultimately amidst the peak of Young Bleed's success, making the most of No Limit's reign towards the end of the millennium. Originally produced by Craig B, BLC, and Happy Perez, the NOLA cut is notable for it's highly addictive whining synth, making it fitting for a west coast rapper like Problem. The synth and all are still present, with the exception of the southern twangs included in the original. Problem even covers the hook, exaggerating it and cleaning it up a bit. See the transition below, from visuals with Bleed, Master P, and John Lister Jr. to Problem, E-40, and Snoop Dogg.
Preferred Version: This one is really a toss up. Maybe I'm too young, but "Like Whaaat" stays on rotation more often.
Project Pat "I Choose You" (2002) / UGK "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" Ft. OutKast (2007)
Preferred Version: I like what plies did with this, I really do. The original however is a staple in the Mafia's catalogue and a timeless classic, so my allegiance stays with "Late Nite Tip".
2Pac "Pain" (1994) / J. Cole "See World" (2010)