SINGLE: Jidenna ft. Kendrick Lamar - Classic Man (Remix)
The final track from Wondaland Presents: The Eephus has been released. Back in February, Janelle Monae and one of her Wondaland artists Jidenna were making their rounds in the interview circuit promoting this new six-track EP finally putting Monae's awe-inspiring collective in the forefront. So far three singles have emerged from this project, "Yoga," and the two versions of "Classic Man." Those who praised Cindi Mayweather's previous work have been somewhat turned off by these offerings though, and are saying that Janelle Monae is selling out her squad before they are even established. The problem is, we live in an age where the second you make a catchy tune, it's considered mainstream and fans instantly revolt via social media. At the end of the day though, these are fun records, and the remix to Jidenna's "Classic Man" is no different. I'm sure this song doesn't even begin to skim the surface of what this artist is capable of, but I'm sure the plan for Wondaland is to draw everyone in with this catchy watered-down EP, only to hit them over the head with the real shit once their official album drops. We have seen it happen time and time again in recent years, and it's a formula that seems to work well despite the times we live in. Kendrick Lamar fucking the track up soon as the song starts doesn't hurt either.
My biggest issues with this shit is that once the beat drops all I seem to hear in my head is "First thing's first, I'm the realest..."