Remember the Rap Remix of ‘The Gambler’ by Kenny Rogers?
In 2000, Wyclef Jean and Kenny Rogers struck up an unlikely friendship that bore fruit in a remix of the hit song ‘The Gambler.’ The country singer was (as you’ll hear) an active participant, and has spoken fondly of the song in recent years. It’s called ‘Kenny Rogers – Pharoahe Monch Dub Plate,’ and can be found on the Haitian rapper’s ‘The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book’ album.
“You gotta count your dub plates / Before you touch that turntable / If you run out of big tunes / That means your sound is done,” Rogers sings. The rest of the song borrows little from the 1978 hit country song, and this track wasn’t really a hit anywhere. It’s creative, but the tune was never released as a single.
Soon after rapper Nelly cut ‘Over and Over’ with Tim McGraw, but Tammy Wynette proceeded all of them with ‘Justified and Ancient,’ a song she cut with British band KLF in 1991. Who knew our country legends had such street-cred?