Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Blackbear ft. Gucci Mane – Do Re Mi



Joshua Copperman: The album cover is pretty indicative — an attempted midpoint between the Chainsmokers and the Weeknd, “Do Re Mi” is as crass as the former while trying to capture the ominous mood of the latter. It’s not as heinous as something like “Break Up Every Night,” but “you never had to buy yourself a drink/’Cause everybody wants to tap that ass sometime” — among many others —  places itself in close proximity to that song’s lazy misogyny. Gucci Mane does absolutely nothing. 

Katherine St Asaph: Blackbear’s credits, abridged: writing Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” writing for G-Eazy and Machine Gun Kelly. Add Mike Posner and Rivers Cuomo, and you’ve got an entire damn frat. Now imagine the frat’s side of a Tove Lo song. Did the Rodgers and Hammerstein estate object to “bitch, a dog, a female dog”?

Alfred Soto: If Blackbear didn’t rely on that drip-drip-drip delivery lubricated with flat crooning, I’d mind his pardon-me-I’m-a-dirtbag schtick.

Iain Mew: There’s something extra queasy about a guy leaning into this kind of high-strung, flirting-with-goofy alt-pop sound. It’s an approach that’s been led by women — I think of Halsey and of Melanie Martinez, who I could so easily imagine having done a better spin on this chorus — and Blackbear has applied it to a breakup song that substitutes casual misogyny for any emotional detail.

Joshua Minsoo Kim: This is the sound of bravado blinding one to their own petulance. I’m supposed to be convinced that this “bitch” is crazy for cheating on this guy, but all Blackbear proves is that maybe he deserved it. The instrumentation lurches in an overly serious manner, with pitch-shifted vocals and the sound of shattering glass pushing “Do Re Mi” to the point of utter parody.

David Moore: It probably shouldn’t bother me so much that they’re not actually singing do re mi fa sol. If you were curious, they’re singing do me fa sol te. For cryin’ out loud, who makes cheap solfege jokes in a minor key?

Will Rivitz: I never thought I’d say “minus points for Guwop,” but here we are. The original “Do Re Mi” is one of my favorite songs in months, exactly what should happen when you translate caustic, Xanned-out SoundCloud rap for the Fall Out Boy crowd. Blackbear has an excellent understanding of how to do more with less, turning a four-note bassline and ostinato bells into the most sneakily infectious chorus of the year. Gucci’s verse, meanwhile, is roughly equivalent to Juicy J’s snoozer on Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” sounding like it was written in 10 minutes and recorded while the rapper was scrolling through Twitter — plus its inclusion means the original’s excellent mood-swing pitched-down bridge got tossed. It’s a barely-passing remix of an high-honors song, so a [7] seems about right.

Nortey Dowuona: Propulsive 808s, flat synths. Gucci flows coolly without freezing over — wait, whose song was this?

Elisabeth Sanders: This is fine, but not as good as anything on the Mansionsz album.

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9 Responses to “Blackbear ft. Gucci Mane – Do Re Mi”

  1. I missed this but am so relieved someone else mentioned the solfège thing, it was driving me nuts

  2. well at one point I was considering submitting the original of this for Amnesty but I guess that’s no happening now lmao

  3. thirding being bugged the hell out of (like, not even the synth is do-re-mi! WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS)

  4. The joke would be funnier as do-re-mi-fa-sol! I struggled to think of pop songs that even have that hook. (All I could come up with was “Beauty and the Beast” from “ever just the same…”)

  5. There’s a “do-re-mi-fa-sol” run in “On Bended Knee.” This is hard!

  6. I was thinking about what riffs blackbear uses with respect to why he’s not obeying the solfege that he sings about, and here’s Wot I Think: Every single note he sings here, save for the “with” in the falsetto riff in the chorus (which is on the 2), is on the pentatonic scale. It’s only five unique notes for 99.9% of the piece, and so I think the “solfege” he’s using makes more sense if you treat the first five notes of the scale as 1-3-4-5-7 instead of 1-2-3-4-5. (Then again, I haven’t taken music theory since AP in high school, so what I’m saying could be completely nonsensical)

  7. B-b-b-but solfege can handle the pentatonic scale!

  8. Still, a compelling counter-argument. “Pent-a-ton-ICK you’re so gross.”

  9. Blackbear ft. Pentatonix