R&B heartthrob Miguel recently teamed up with legendary hip hop producer DJ Premier for a remix of “damned,” one of the tracks featured on the deluxe edition of the 31-year-old singer’s latest album, “Wildheart.” Premier, best known for his work as a part of the duo Gang Starr, has established himself as one of rap’s greatest producers for more than two decades. His signature sound — chopped up samples punctuated with scratches of vocal samples — can be heard on tracks by rappers like Nas, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G. and Kanye West. The producer’s collaboration shouldn’t come as a total surprise — he’s produced tracks for Christina Aguilera (“Ain’t No Other Man”), Kendra Morris (“Concrete Waves RMX”) and Yuna (“Places To Go”).
The original version of “damned” is a brooding track driven by distorted guitars and walloping drums. The remix, renamed to “2 Lovin U,” eschews most of the distortion in favor of jangly guitars, punchy drums and, of course, those scratched vocal samples Premier is known for. Listen closely and you’ll hear a classic line from Smokey of “Friday.”
Your big brother has always been the coolest guy you know. He was your first best friend, but also your first bully. Even if you think you’re too old for him to pick on you, you know deep down that you’re lying to yourself. You’re playing into his game. This is exactly how he wants you to think. It doesn’t matter how old or how big you get, the effects of his brand of psychological torture will continue to manifest themselves in ways that surprise you for the rest of your life Here’s how your brother molded you into the person you are today.
You know the lyrics just as well as he does — but it doesn’t matter because you aren’t Michael Jackson (RIP) and this family band ain’t the Jackson 5. You only sang backup so big bro could crush the part of the song people actually recognize. To this day, when I hear Tom Petty’s “American Girl”, I catch myself singing only the “make it last all night!” part even though I’m alone in my car.
2) You Always Had To Play Video Games Using The Broken Controller.
He’s better at most games because he’s been alive longer than you and has gotten more practice, but somehow, you still had to play using the control with the broken stick or unresponsive “L” button. Even though the Super Nintendo is technically both of yours, he was bigger than you and the rules that govern the jungle also apply to sibling relationships.
3) You Love Wrestling And Have A High Threshold For Pain.
Take advantage of his remorse. He doesn’t want to hurt you-hurt you. If he thinks he’s gone too far, he’ll usually stop. Just get a light misting into your old peepers and whimper a little bit. This method has gotten me out of some serious pickles.
5) You Inherited His Clothes When He Grew Out Of Them.
You needed to grow up, so naturally your brother told you the things that your imaginary friend was saying to him behind your back. You didn’t need that Judas anyway, you had a manipulative older brother to hang out with.
7) You Have Defended Yourself By Lying On Your Back While Flailing Your Arms And Legs Like A Turtle Who Knows It’s About To Die…
I think it was the Sphynx who said, “You must lash out with every limb, like the octopus who plays the drums.” Try this one as an adult, like at the bank or something. It should still totally work unless it doesn’t. I don’t know. I rarely go to the bank.
For Better Or Worse, You Are Who You Are Because Of Him.