The Five Greatest Clean Versions of Hip-Hop Songs

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Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Nelly kept it clean for you
By Chaz Kangas

Even though it's patently ridiculous, a clean version of A$AP Rocky's "Fuckin' Problems" exists. It's funny. And, like watching Die Hard on TBS ("Yippee ki-yay, mother trucker!"). Indeed, it's much more fun when rappers sub in different words, rather than just bleep them, case in point: "I'm not a player, I just crush a lot."

And over the years, many a clean version has gotten airplay, some even better than the original. Here, we count down the best five, because why the freak not?

5) Xzibit - "Paparazzi"

As you probably know, years before he was hosting Pimp My Ride or starring alongside Nicolas Cage, Mr. X-to-the-Z was making some classic West coast hip-hop. His breakout single "Paparazzi" is a masterpiece on its own, but the clean version sounds like it was possibly recorded weeks after the original, when Xzibit had an even stronger mastery of his flow, making for an even smoother stab at rappers who are only in the game for the money and fame.

See also: Jeff Weiss' Xzibit feature

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