Rap Track of the Week breaks down all of the hip-hop tracks you want to hear each Friday. Try the total playlist right here. This week, YG and Lil Wayne reunite on “Miss My Dawgs.”
YG and Lil Wayne have been frequent collaborators over the previous decade or so, first teaming up on the remix to YG’s breakout hit “My N****.” Earlier this week, YG acknowledged their shut relationship by gifting his “favourite rapper” with a crimson 4Hunnid chain through the video shoot for his or her new collaboration, “Miss My Dawgs.”
That includes melancholy, piano-driven manufacturing by Gibbo and Ambezza, “Miss My Dawgs” serves as a tribute to YG’s late pal and rapper Slim 400, who was fatally shot one 12 months in the past at this time. The monitor’s title may be a nod towards Wayne’s 2004 monitor “I Miss My Dawgs,” too, because the rappers bear in mind all their buddies that had been taken too quickly. The accompanying music video pays additional respect with an early shot of a Nipsey Hussle mural.
As canine bark within the background, YG units the emotional tone for the monitor on the refrain, rapping, “Man, I miss my dawgs/ Those I decide up for, ain’t by no means missed a name.” Shifting on to outline “my dawgs,” YG retains it easy, referring to buddies who had been with him whereas they had been “making it out of poverty” and nonetheless maintain it “sincere with me.”
On Wayne’s verse, he opens up about “bad-ass recollections” earlier than venting about haters who “tryna scratch a n**** off.” With almost three a long time in hip-hop on the age of 40, it’s inconceivable to think about what his private life has been like — not to mention how many individuals he’s misplaced through the years.
“Miss My Dawgs” joins 2016’s “I Acquired a Query” and “Trill,” 2020’s “Blood Stroll,” and final 12 months’s “Buzzin’” as the newest addition to YG and Lil Wayne’s lengthy collaborative historical past. With its mournful tone and heartfelt lyrics, it’d simply be their finest but.
— Eddie Fu
New Music Editor