One of the standout tracks from Kendrick Lamar's acclaimed major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, almost didn't come to be. Producer Scoop Deville recently revealed that his beat for "Poetic Justice," Kendrick's duet with Drake, nearly ended up with a very different artist: 50 Cent. "A couple artists wanted the record; I was playing it for a couple selective people at the time I was vibing with, like for 50 [Cent]," he told Q104.7 FM. But after Scoop and Kendrick collabed on "The Recipe," the beat ended up with the Compton MC. "I'm just happy it went where it went 'cus it was a special project." But finding a gem among another artist’s throwaway track is a common thing in the music industry. In fact, there have been a host of music stars who have benefited from the pickiness of others. Check out our list of hits that have been passed on by one artist and became a hit for another.
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