Friday, May 3, 2013

TGIF: A-1 and Ryan Hemsworth Remix "Summertime Sadness"

A-1 "Summertime Sadness"

Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness" played a huge part of my playlists last summer, so, I couldn't have been more thrilled when one of my favourite Canadian producers, Ryan Hemsworth, took a mindblowing creative stab at it in March. And then Bay Area emcee A-1 came in and mixed that remix - so, really, it might be time to rename this version "Summertime Radness"? (Sorry...)

Rhyming bravely over top of Del Rey's sultry, sad whisper - which has already been wickedly deformed by DJ Hemsworth's heavy dub beat and spooky synth - A-1 gasps for breath in between his seamless flow and commentary on the spiked rates of mindless violence in the summer months. "God*amn this sadness, you know it's madness/ But we gonna keep on bangin'/ Until we get past this." 

A dope beat, incredible sample, and important, socially-charged message. Rap, ladies and gentleman. TGIF.

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