Snoop Dogg, Y.G. and Nipsey Hussle remix Drake's 'The Motto'
Drake's "The Motto" doesn't sound like it was made by a couple of Canadians. It shouts out Bay Area hyphy legend Mac Dre, and it has the Roland 808 slaps and convulsive bass of a jerkin' song.
However, the production credit goes to Ontario, Canada-raised T-Minus, and the starring role is taken by New Orleans-raised Lil Wayne, who utilizes his drunken goofball style to deliver one of his best turns of the year. Even though hip-hop is well into the globalized era, it was only a matter of time before some Californians returned the track to its sonic roots.
It's fitting that one of the rappers on a new remix is Compton's Y.G., who earned underground fame on the strength of his jerkin' street hits. He's best known for the R&B-glazed "Toot It and Boot It," but for most of 2008 and 2009, he was dropping a torrent of songs whose titles we're not allowed to print. And with this reworking of "The Motto," he hasn't changed, still kicking sleazy raps about wanting to have sex when he's 60. Meanwhile, Slauson major label refugee Nipsey Hussle talks about money and balling. But both are overpowered on the third verse by the doggfather.
Snoop has long ceased to be a great rapper, but he's evolved into that O.G. Too Short role -- he can get by on endless charisma. He is still rolling breakfast blunts, eating biscuits and jam, and has starch in his Levi's. He even calls himself the cat in the hat. The rhymes are simple, sure; forgettable, definitely, but he's always fun. It might not replace the original, but it's a breezy 3 1/2-minute ride.
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-- Jeff Weiss