Some collaborations are, to put it simply, head-scratchers. Maroon 5‘s new remix to “Memories,” released today as part of the band’s new Jordi album, is one such collaboration. Featuring a posthumous appearance from Nipsey Hussle and his longtime west coast counterpart YG, it’s certainly an interesting update of the laid-back and infectious single. But that’s not to say the combination isn’t effective to a degree.
Over the minimalist production and arrangement, YG’s opening verse gets all the more space to shine — brief though it may be, clocking it at a mere eight bars. “I run from reapÐµrs, dodge bullets from Glock, Ninas,” he reflects. “I live my life tryna prove myself to non-believers.” Nipsey Hussle also gets eight, though it’s admittedly nice to hear the late rapper once again. I done lost love, lost fifties, lost dubs,” he raps. “Lost fights, ni*ga, lost life of loved ones / Lost time, pressin’ rewind, it won’t budge.”
I done lost love, lost fifties, lost dubs
Lost fights, ni*ga, lost life of loved ones
Lost time, pressin’ rewind, it won’t budge
It’s alright, you can tell me your truth, I won’t judge