ARTIST: Mary J. Blige feat. Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz
TITLE: “Just Fine (Remix)”
WEB DEBUT: Between Jan. 20 and Jan. 28, 2008
ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: Not exactly sure when this dropped, but it’s news to us and good news at that, because it proves urban radio’s return to the hip-house era should continue well into 2008. Lil Wayne, perhaps invigorated by the tempo of the Chubb Rockian (throw)backing track, actually jumps on the beat like he gives a shit for a change, making me suddenly want to hear him tackle every entry on Edan’s Fast Rap mixtape. (As much as love as I have for Weezy, I do understand the gripes of his detractors when they complain that the autopilot outré of his one-take guest verses often makes them sound like he recorded them half in the bag on his party bus.) Ditching the cranked up slow jam synths of the original,Mary J. extolls her own virtues as she hits the dancefloor in a pair of bamboo earrings, with a breakbeat refit so absurdly 1989 that I spontaneously grew a flattop while it was playing.
Lil Wayne Just Won With All The Retro Kids… [MissInfo]