Last year’s coke-centered double-shot from Virginia’s pissed-off Clipse spread across the Interweb with nearly the same distribution power that member Pusha T brags about — only he’s talking about blow, not mixtapes. Both volumes of the Clinton Sparks-hosted We Got It 4 Cheap mixtapes leave severe burn wounds (though mostly on the re-tread beats that make up the latter half), and Clipse’s Pusha and Malice spit drug-trade fare with nimble, lucid expertise alongside emcees Sandman and Ab-Liva, who as a whole wear the Re-Up Gang moniker. It’s not exactly positive stuff.
The plan to shove Jive into dropping Clipse’s long-awaited Hell Hath No Fury gets a third push in DJ Benzi & Evil Empire’s We Got the Remix, with solid contributions from Jake One, Ghislain Poirier, Benzi himself and more. For a ballsy stab at “Re-Up Anthem,” Nick Catchdubs cribs Eric Clapton’s ode to Clipse’s muse, and lines up “Cocaine’s” guitar hook with a trusty, familiar drum break. Diplo’s “Queen Bitch” remix pins the coarse dealer chatter against faint beat claps and soothing a capellas, and the slick official single, “Mr. Me Too,” is a nice bonus, with low-profile buzzes, pulses and some tambourine (filthy hippies). Please, someone put these guys in touch with Kate Moss. If a ninety-pound coke mule like her visits Pusha and Malice on the regular, they can reopen Arista’s doors and bankroll the LP’s release in no time.
We Got the Remix on DJ Benzi’s Web site (audio clips)Sampler