There are so many familiarities, aka nostalgia bone-ticklers, in this new DJ Drama single that make “Never See You Again” impossible to hate. From the bass, to the jingling percussion, to Wale’s lifting of lyrics from Common’s “The Light,” this is like some kind of journey back through the past 25 years or so of hip-hop. That might read like a stretch, but “Never See You Again” is everything we loved about (mostly) minimalist dance-rap joints in the late ’80s and early ’90s. And it features what are probably some of the best (read: tightest) rhymes Wale’s spit in the past year. They’re not particularly strong lyrically, but his bars are sharp and focused.
You can stream the track below. Third Power drops Oct. 11.