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Now How Could We Not Do This One

Clipse [ft. Ab-Liva & Sandman]: Re-Up Anthem (Nick Catchdubs Remix)
Clipse [ft. Ab-Liva & Sandman]: Re-Up Gang Freestyle
DJ Benzi & Evil Empire Present: We Got The Remix

It's never been about the Remix. While Huttistes are, on the whole, glad that at least some people out there are in possession of the Remix, caressing it, protecting it from doers of evil and fucking Mayor Goonberg's greazy paws, I'd rather they just keep the Remix to themselves. "Wrong hands" and all, sure. But c'mon: "Cocaine" ??? I don't even know how to eat cocaine, but I think blending Clipse w/any Bing Crosby Xmas song is still cleverer-by-half, if that's what you're aiming for.

The pleasures of We Got It 4 Cheap were found largely in the jacking -- no, reclamation of dope beats, and the forceful stamp of lyrical ownership placed on said beats by Les Clipse (Could you ever in good conscience listen to Cassidy's "I'm a Hustla" again after hearing the WGI4C version? Could you ever listen to it, period?). Pusha and Mal pantsed beats of their mc's (for those who like other metaphors, think 'emperor' and 'clothes' and I'll even give you an action verb: "reveal") then redressed them all sweet 'n' shit and smelling like Gisele having sex with diamonds. Which smells incredible. Regardless, it felt like something essential to the beat was released with the right rhyme written (and right sayers writing) to it (read: that sneaking suspicion you had that Jeezy would murdergasm "Hustlin"). Alas the inverse is untrue. Same great verses, but the jacked/matched beat gets played for hee-hee laffs and revels in its inessentiality.

What I Don't Get: Aren't these guys DJs? Don't they listen to music, or even fucking music, in those headphones? I'm assuming they do, but maybe I am wrong. Maybe they're just auditioning potential drops? Or listening to mp3s of Diplo dreaming about baile funk? Perhaps Ghislain Poirier reciting A Season in Hell? Shhh, I would even bump that, just don't fucking lay it over the French-Canadian cover of "Seasons of Love" and expect me to fiend out.

That freestyle is fire, though. For like 6 minutes.