Face Off: Round XI (Childish Gambino’s “Centipede” VS Jay Z’s “Heaven (K Theory Remix)”)

0 Posted by - 07/25/2013 - One Timer

Face Off features two tracks, both unknown and unheard by myself. Did I mention these tracks are selected specifically because they encompass genres that I am ignorant of, or generally avoid? Well, there’s that too. Oh, and they are from the Hype Machine charts, so apparently they are fairly popular.

Face Off is meant to be a fun interlude in the seriousness of music blogging…if blogging can be called serious, which it cannot. I tackle songs I would never give a second thought, or delve into genres where I’d be better off sticking my own foot in my mouth than try to talk intelligently about them.  Read and listen responsibly. Enjoy!

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Childish Gambino – “Centipede” — #4 on no remix charts

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I haven’t followed Childish Gambino that closely. I liked some of the stuff he was putting out, but it never seemed to me that his version of hip-hop was a whole lot more than an exercise in showing how complex he could sound while rapping. My other issue was always the lack of really engaging hooks – it just wasn’t ever his strong suit.

“Centipede” has opened me up a bit on Donald Glover, though, as this track is both engrossing and varied. I really feel like I can understand where the rapper/actor/comedian is coming from and what he’s saying. It’s still not going to be something you’ll hear all over the radio, but it’s some very interesting music – particularly in the hip-hop genre.

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Jay Z – “Heaven (K Theory Remix)” – #1 on remix only charts

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K Theory outdid himself with this remix of “Heaven”. Magna Carta Holy Grail wasn’t quite what we hoped it would be, but it had some bright spots and some amazing production. One of the more popular tracks was the very short track “Heaven”, which K Theory decided needed a darker tone and a verse from himself.

Strangely, K Theory doesn’t sound out of place with Jay Z. I’ve never heard him before, but his voice reminds me of someone… At any rate, the repeated sampling of Justin Timberlake and the placement of the Timberlake chorus/outro in this remix is what really makes this remix a next level effort. I’d like to think some more folks will tackle “Heaven”, just to see if they can live up to this rework.

K Theory’s remix wins this round.

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