Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Tion Wayne x Russ Millions ft. ArrDee, E1 (3×3), ZT (3×3), Bugzy Malone, Buni, Fivio Foreign & Darkoo – Body (Remix)

One of the biggest artist billing-to-song title ratios in our history?


Ian Mathers: Given that there’s nine of them it’s actually hugely impressive that only ArrDee is annoying (and further listening indicates that’s kind of his thing anyway). A glance at the lyrics mostly just reveals that I’m not going to get most of what’s going on here, and I’m totally open to hearing that the UK gang stuff/gender politics/(etc) are beyond the pale, but on the surface this is tremendously, menacing involving with a hook I fear is already lodged in my head. The original went like hell and with the aforementioned exception (who genuinely sounds like he’s doing a verse for a totally different and far inferior song) all the exceptions add to it.

Nortey Dowuona: Ok!!! Now we cooking. I loved this heavy, bass drum filled beat with papier mâché percussion and popped snares and a hovering synth chord. It made do a shimmy. Ok, now time for the verses: 6) ArrDee: I’m not trying to front; he had a really good verse but this remix is so good he is the worst one here by dint of novelty and others having better verses than him. Liked the White Boy Wasted line. 5) Fivio Foreign: good flow and good voice, otherwise mid verse. 4) Bugzy Malone: great verse, shite flow. Plus: 3) 3×3 (E1/ZT): E1 & ZT: good verse, good flow, shite voice. 2) Buni: Said Cappy and Happy and didn’t sound pathetic. Decent voice. 1) Darkoo: queen shit bitch.

Thomas Inskeep: Here’s what I think is the essential difference between UK drill and US drill: the British version, at its best/most, sounds sinister in a way the Yanks don’t. Listen to the track here. It’s dark. Bringing in all of these guests to the remix of “Body” was a smart idea, too, as most of them add spice in their own ways — ArrDee sounds like the goofy little brother, Fivio Foreign the American cousin, Darkoo the don’t-fuck-with-her Afrobeats rapper. “Body” is good bones that needed more added to it than just Tion Wayne x Russ Millions; the original’s maybe a [5], but with all of these features, “Body (Remix)” is a strong:

Samson Savill de Jong: The original is a solid [8]. This remix suffers from too many cooks syndrome, too many rappers to have individuals leave lasting impressions whilst pushing the song beyond the length limit. Wu-Tang managed to get away with it by having people who were top tier rappers in their own right, but also had wildly differing styles. I can tell all these guys apart, but they’re all in the same food group so it’s not exactly a balanced diet. There are better and worse verses, and the average is on the better side, but it still feels like a bunch of mailed in verses thrown together.

Leah Isobel: I really like the hook — it has a satisfying movement, and Tion and Russ’s voices create a nice contrast with each other and the beat. The first half keeps this energy up, managing to balance playful shit-talk with underlying menace. I imagine the back half of the song would be more enjoyable if I was more familiar with the performers; as it is, so many of the flows get stuck on 4/4 time that the pile-up of verses starts to grate.

Alfred Soto: The credits read like a court settlement, but this example of drill provides showcases, complements, rapped harmonies, and distinguishable timbres. 

Reader average: [2] (4 votes)

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