Track of the Day: 'Hotline Bling But U Caint Use My Phone Mix'

Some things are guaranteed to be a hit when they burst online. An Erykah Badu treatment of a Drake jam is one such supernova.

Badu just dropped her remix of “Hotline Bling,” Drake’s soothing, summer-ready track still riding its wave of public celebration. Badu’s is lengthier, clocking in at just under three minutes longer than the original. But her voice is irresistible throughout, adding lilt and light to Drake’s forlorn reflection.

I’m generally opposed to spoken interludes—they’re unwelcome interruptions that tend to bring out my inner Kendrick Lamar. Badu’s got some sass in this one though, and it only adds to the coy tone of the song. The mix was co-written by Seven Benjamin, Badu’s son with Andre 3000, so listen closely for the nod to Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson.”

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