When a piece of art is well-received by the masses, we prefer when it goes untouched. This is the reason why ill-conceived movie sequels cause hysteria, and it’s also why hip-hop heads are so protective of beats and songs that are deemed classics. We want that feeling the art gave us—that memory—left untainted.
Last week, in the midst of GRAMMYs madness, Target tapped King of the Teens Lil Yachty and pop star Carly Rae Jepsen to put a modern spin on Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s legendary “It Takes Two” single. Like many instances of corporate sponsored hip-hop before it, the track came off as corny and left a sour taste in the mouths of those who grew up listening to the original.
Holy shit. This video is exactly what we needed to cleanse our palette after the whole Yachty/Jepsen cornballfest.
The video itself is a straight-up East Coast affair, featuring Droog and company very literally cleaning up the streets of New York City while simultaneously laying waste to underground legend Edan’s adventurous but appropriate flip of “It Takes Two.”
This is no high budget, corporate-sponsored spectacle—this is three dudes rapping their asses off to a grimy instrumental. This is hip-hop.
As the video winds down, the Rob Base sample gives way to a psychedelic breakdown, visually narrated by some equally freaked out B-roll of the three lamping about NYC.
No frills, no M. Night Shyamalyan twist, just a dope rap video.
While the video is certainly entertaining, it's the lyrical performances that are absolutely masterful, and the production... I can’t believe I forgot about Edan! A great pairing with Droog and Wiki, and by the end of the video I was just praying for a supergroup between the three, especially after hearing Droog and Wiki on their recent Fire EP.
Come on hip-hop Gods, make it happen.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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