Saturday, November 30, 2013

Justin Timberlake, J. Cole, A$AP Rocky & Pusha T - "TKO" (Black Friday Remix)

Mr. Sexyback himself, Justin Timberlake, unleashed a surprisingly Boom-Bap-ified remix to his latest 20/20 Experience 2 single, "TKO" late Black Friday evening, which is slowly becoming a FREE music-giving holiday. Timberlake somehow managed to recruit J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, and his former "Like I Love You" collaborator, Pusha T (Clipse). While it might kinda seem like part of a larger label-contrived chart-topping master-palm, Justin Timberlake is actually an avid late 1980-90's Hip-Hop aficionado; case in point, The History of Rap (Parts 1-4) with Late Nite host-buddy Jimmy Fallon. Roots band leader/drummer Questlove [Jenkins] simply Tweeted, "#TKOremix so official! @JTimberlake, @PUSHA_T, @ASAPRockyTRILL & @JColeNC (w/ that post-"Control" flow) = COTDAMNY," which almost instantly piqued my interests enough to go check it out!

It's very well-produced, which is rare for an after-the-fact remix of this caliber, but "TKO" (Remix) is nearly a studio-quality track. J. Cole's verse (number one) features a long over-due response to Big Sean Kendrick Lamar's infamous genre-rattling "Control" verse: Thought you was a down ass bitch / 'til I found that shit a couple days ago / I was home alone, next thing I know / That long-ass verse from a song called "Control" was on / The room got nearer, the tomb got clearer / That's when I seen the shit playin' on your phone..." And while you can almost tell that The 20/20 Experience 2 is essentially composed of left-over tracks from the former volume, the 22-track 20/20 Experience double-album is one Hell of a comeback after seven years out the the music industry; including plenty of Neo-Soul & Electro-Pop mega-hits like "Suit & Tie," "Pusher Love Girl," "Tunnel Vision," "Mirrors," "Take Back The Night," and of course, the aforementioned "TKO."

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