It’s much more sporadic these days, but do you recall rap remixes of the mid-aughts? Right around the time that Lil Wayne released Dedication, Dedication 2, and Da Drought 3. Layering new vocals on pre-established hits was a great way to bring an artist’s name into conversation, whether already established or just hopping into the game. Over the years, the art-form has been somewhat stagnant. But here and there, such as the case of G Herbo’s “Who Run It” (originally Three 6 Mafia’s song of the same name) or Vic Mensa dropping wisps on the fiery “Neon Guts,” the fallen-from-grace style manages to rear its head. The latest rapper to add fuel to the fire is Tyler, The Creator, with “TipToe,” a remake of Playboi Carti’s recently release “R.I.P.”
Tyler, The Creator instantly sounds at home over the moshpit-inducing production. His commanding delivery starts off jovial and sportive before gutting itself and going on a breathless tangent that’d rival 2000’s era Busta Rhymes own hurricane-esque outings. Tyler gets creative with the stray shots he spews across the industry and manages to keep things vibrant for the course of the two-minute runtime that makes you wish it was much longer.
This makes the third remake we’ve heard from Tyler in the last week; first, “Bronco” made light of Lil Baby and Drake’s tantalizing “Yes Indeed,” then Tyler stole the show on ASAP Rocky’s “Potato Salad,” a hip-hop reimagining of singer Monica’s “Knock Knock,” from AWGE DVD. Vol. 3. Tyler’s on a fucking roll. Here’s to wondering what he’ll press upon the world next.
Listen to “Tiptoe” below.