Young M.A.’s “Ooouuuu” Remixes – Who Did It Better?
Every summer, there’s always that one track that dominates radio and that rappers, female and male, remix. Newcomer, Young M.A. is winning this summer as her song “Ooouuu” is dominating radio and being recognized by established emcees like French Montana and Jadakiss. It is like a tradition in Hip Hop for rappers to remix songs, whether separately or as a super group. Although M.A. does her thing, the remixes all contribute something different in their own way. So the question is, who did it better?
French Montana was the first emcee to deliver his own spin on Young M.A’s song. His subject matter basically revolves around materialistic wealth and he does a lot of bragging on this track, which isn’t surprising since Young M.A’s song follows this same format. What makes his version a bit different is that he manages to switch his flow up. At first, he follows the beat, but he then takes on his own cadence and skips over the beat with the line, “10 of Ciroc, black Rollie, Barack / Red beam on an op, sauce down to the socks”. Without this added touch, his version wouldn’t be as memorable or impressive.
Unlike French Montana, Remy Ma rapped a bit longer over the song, basically making it her own. She doesn’t hold back at all in her assessment of today’s female emcees, as well as, her own rap skills. She holds herself in high esteem by comparing herself to rap legends, Biggie and Tupac. She also drops names of prominent figures today like Jay Z and Rick Ross. Even though Remy Ma lets it be known she isn’t one to play with, she still manages to end her verse by shouting out all the independent women hustling every day, from scammers to students. Some memorable lines from her include “Stripper hoe for her diamonds but she ebony”, a reference to Playaz Club, and “Jermaine Dupri, your whole career is so so.”
Jadakiss and Uncle Murda
Jadakiss and Uncle Murda are the first duo to remix “Ooouuu”. In Jadakiss’ verse, he establishes himself as boss and a man that isn’t to be toyed with. One of the highlights in Jadakiss’ verse is the mini-narrative he tells. He recites, “Hit him in the head with the 4-4 / Yeah, I think he dead check his pulse though / Call his family, let his folks know / Tell ’em he ain’t make it but it was close though.” Uncle Murda’s verse, in contrast, is more laid back in nature and a bit comical with a few of the lines he delivers. One of his funniest lines was a play on the song’s titled, “I be in the bando with your boo / I be like woah, she be like OOOUUU.” I also think he offers one of the best lines of the song with “Police finally scared cause we shooting back.” Uncle Murda is the only one who doesn’t make his verse solely about bragging and material wealth. He has fun with the track and switches from one random thought to the next.
Meek Mill, Omelly, and Beanie Siegel
Contrary to his predecessors, Meek Mill isn’t utilizing the beat in fun, but turns the track into a diss track. Recently, Meek Mill has been involved in an ongoing beef with The Game. With help from a few Philly natives, Meek Mill redeems himself from his previous beef with Drake. These emcees manage to attack The Game’s manhood and bring up his past as a male stripper. He uses Beanie Siegel to threaten Game, while Takbar is the hype man in the background spewing insults. Although Omelly showcases hard-hitting bars on the track, I would have preferred if Meek Mill had taken this on by himself. He handles himself lyrically, delivering bars like “Durk checked you, Thug sonned you / Fif dropped you, Mac oned you”, showcasing some of The Game’s setbacks in the industry. Even though the stripper insults are meant to humiliate him, it starts to get old and takes away from the song a bit. Overall, Meek did a great job and carried himself accordingly, firing back immediately and coming hard like a true emcee should.
The Game fired back to Meek Mills diss track by delivering a five-minute track of nothing but bars. Titling it “Pest Control”, The Game unleashes a fury and lyricism that I have never seen from him before. Unlike Meek Mill, he raps by himself and attacks Meek from every angle. He acknowledges his beef with Drake and the loss he took. He attacks his manhood by situating Nicki Minaj as the man in their relationship. Ultimately, he calls Meek out as a rat, someone who can’t be trusted with anything. Game adds in little snippets from notable movies and interviews, which eviscerate not only Meek Mill, but his features, as well. His wordplay on the track is impeccable and he has plenty of quotable lines that knock Meek Mill’s diss out of the water. In his attack on Beanie Siegel, he raps, “The nigga Hov gave you the game, you ain’t soak it / You was s’posed to throw up the Roc, not smoke it.” He references Omelly’s not so great freestyle on Sway in the morning, by including it as the song’s outro. One of my favorite lines, in his address to Meek, is “They say the Meek shall inherit the Earth / So I went and dug your ass up, cause Drizzy buried you first.” Game bodied the track and in my opinion, wins the first round of the beef.
Overall, if I had to say who had the better remix, I would have to give it to The Game. Even though his intentions are meant to humiliate, his lyricism and wordplay on the track trump the rest of the remixes. If there had to be a runner up, I would probably give it to Meek Mill because he also delivers lyrically compared to the others and redeems a bit of his rap status. As far as the other remixes are concerned, I would go, Remy, Jadakiss and Uncle Murda, and then French Montana. Even though Young M.A. is gaining plenty of success on her own, her reign will be far from over at the rate rappers are pumping out remixes of her song.