Drake + The Karate Kid Theme Song- “Best I Ever Had Around”

July 29, 2009 by  
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I knew someone was gonna do it, just didn’t know it’d be me. The theme song of The Karate Kid‘s been begging for a mash-up for god knows how long. And the other night, it just hit me, Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” seemed like the most logical and most relevant fit.

Joe Esposito’s “You’re The Best Around” is kind of a wierd tune. In the context of the movie, the song works almost perfectly. You hear it in the film, and you think man this song is incredible. You get so pumped. I’m the best… around! You’re all ready to crane kick your neighbor.

Then you hear it by itself, and like a lot of cheesy 80s pop rock, it’s not very good. This is the problem I faced when I started working on mashing Drake’s vocals with the track. It’s like, how can I make an artist who sounds so good on his original track sound right on this completely different style of music?

There’s also a big tempo difference between the two songs, as Drake’s track is somewhere around 81bpm, while Esposito’s is roughly 94. So stylically and groove-wise, it’s a big change. To be perfectly honest, I chopped almost every other bar of the Drake acapella just to get him in the pocket. He also rhymes in a sing-songy style that melodically jibes with the original song’s melody. Rather than autotuning the autotune, which just felt almost a little too techno robotic, I opted to make my own little edits on those parts.

And finally, there really is no acapella for the Drake song. I grabbed a DIY acapella that someone with a clever ear for EQ (or a Waves plug-in) uploaded online, but if you listen real closely you can still hear the kicks and snares from the original Drake song. But hey, we work with what we have.

Enjoy

Drake + Joe Esposito (Karate Kid Theme Song)- “Best I Ever Had Around”

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35 Responses to “Drake + The Karate Kid Theme Song- “Best I Ever Had Around””
  1. Illersz1 says:

    STOP PLEASE

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  2. That cover is pure comedy b lol.

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  3. so much swag says:

    wow…this Drake shit has now gone to another level

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  4. » Drake to star in ‘Us and Them’ sitcom
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    If dude can get his Fresh Prince on while still making relevant music…?

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  5. Tong Po Flo says:

    *sees cover*

    *gets back to doing paperwork*

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  6. worst post of the month

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  7. If dude can get his Fresh Prince on while still making relevant music…?
    =============================================
    Drake = 2009 David Cassidy

    Google it

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  8. Daily Drug says:

    Watching Ross Kemp back in LA…

    Yo, these latino gangstas are on some super duper uber KKK Jim Crow racist shit

    The shits kinda stunning

    ^the gangland in Jamaica was crazy. You got a link for back in LA?

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  9. Silo says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW

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  10. RIGZ says:

    the gangland in Jamaica was crazy. You got a link for back in LA?

    ^^^

    Nah its on TV

    And yeah, the yard one was good…

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  11. Daily Drug says:

    The nigga Drake need to watch the image, almost like some forces plotting against him. Maybe Im clueless…

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  12. RIGZ says:

    to tell the truth, I just clocked I seen this one before…i just never saw all the bits with the racist latinos before…I musta just caught the ending when I first saw it

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  13. KCNHO says:

    DIE….

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  14. KCNHO says:

    DIE….

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  15. KCNHO says:

    DIE….

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  16. smh @ this.

    sidenote: Ross Kemp: In Search Of Pirates >>>>>>

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  17. that new Tron is gonna be off the hook….i aint even into all that animated/comicon shit

    but i’ve watched that trailer mad times already

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  18. GMZ says:

    I didn’t even realize that was Drake’s face. Lol.

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  19. hustleGRL says:

    WOW, lol. I’m scared to listen, haha.

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  20. G.O.D. to you says:

    So amateur! what a fuckin stupid remix! Is this what the big bad nahright is posting these days! RUBBISH! try getting an actual acapella for your next remix douche.

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  21. this is funny *and* dope.

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  22. junclassic says:

    Wow…. thats REAL interesting….

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  23. JAYLMOSSES says:

    drake is a ugly mothafu*** ol bean face lookin boy

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  24. Harosa says:

    Wow, amateurish at the highest level, like dude had two cassettes playing together at the same time like back in them old boomboxes. I was actually looking forward to this from the funny ass cover art.

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  25. MC Diabetic says:

    damn, that has to be one of the most rediculous covers i’ve ever seen in my life haha

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  26. Peter says:

    In truth, immediately i didn’t understand the essence. But after re-reading all at once became clear.

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