Friday, February 21, 2014
"Or Nah (Remix)" ft. Wiz Khalifa & the Weeknd- Ty Dolla $ign
The prospect of two sexed-up R&B "freakazoids" like Ty Dolla $ign and the Weeknd teaming up is preposterous. Not because it'd be too much testosterone for one locale to handle, but that they occupy entirely separate hemispheres of sex. Ty Dolla $ign is content to chirp the goofy "I could slide for it, like Nelly" in an Autotune slathered voice. At the end of the night he's looking to have a good time. The Weeknd meanwhile could care less about good times. He's the embodiment of the Oscar Wilde quote "sex is about power" and he wields that intimate power wildly. Whatever bridge is burned or heart is broken during the quest is collateral damage.
So that "Or Nah (Remix)" exists is somewhat surprising. Granted the sullen, lurching beat DJ Mustard stitched together is the type the Weeknd can live in for days. And he is perfectly at home. He delivers some of his most disarmingly explicit "pick-up lines" ever, which would read horribly here. But they're a mask obscuring a devilish grin. "Ain't nobody trying to save ya" he coos. Many still cling to the notion of a savior in a relationship, a myth the Weeknd deflates in a single turn-of-phrase. Dolla $ign comes out smelling like roses by comparison. "Girl make that ass clap for young Dolla $ign' becomes "laudatory. Once you've hit rock bottom in a relationship, there's nowhere else to go.
Ty Dolla $ign’s Beach House EP is out now through Atlantic.