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Sade Wept: Maino Remixes ‘Soldier Of Love’


The overwhelming majority of the internet is used to display pornographic material. Just like there's bad porn, there's bad music. This is clearly what has happened when Maino decided to "remix" Sade's newest "Soldier Of Love." You see Sade's face? Is she being demure or is she angry because I know that I am frothing with anger right about now. Take a listen to Maino's festooning of this track--you only really have to listen to the beginning--then peep my ranting after the bounce.
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  1. We've said it before and even though it's common sense, it bears repeating: A "remix" is not you slapping a rhyme on top of a song that has not been altered in any way. If you need examples of remixes, see Siik's remix of Mary J. Blige's "Be Happy" from SoulBounce Presents Men Love Mary: A Tribute To My Life. Or hell, see any one of these remixes for reference.
  2. As much as I don't respect popular Rap music--not Hip Hop (I'm invoking Q-Tip's distinction between Rap and Hip Hop here)--I don't go into their clubs standing around with my backpack spitting rhymes in a cipher all by myself. Likewise, Maino, don't come into my world and stick your sorry-ass rhyme onto a Sade track. It's lazy, but then again so is Rap music these days. And before I forget, Mickey Factz, why did you redo Jay Electronica's "Exhibit A?" Please go sit down somewhere. Talented, grown folks is talking.
  3. If you think I'm taking this too seriously, it's because this is serious. This track is barely two days old. Would you tattoo a two-day old baby? Would you, Maino? Hopefully you would not, but then again some of your cohorts in Rap music like to eat Fruity Pebbles with Rosé champagne. It tastes like success apparently. Yes, I'm so serious right now about this, too. 
  4. I know you feel like I'm coming hard on you, Maino, but again this is not a remix. Anymore than Nikki Minaj believing that mixtapes should be regarded in the same vein as full-length albums. But then again, she was recently wearing an outfit based entirely on textures. I wonder if her stylist is blind. That was wrong. But you know what else is wrong? This "remix."

So endeth my rant. Did I miss anything? Disagree with me? Leave all your thoughts in the comments.


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  • stoneyisland

    This version and sade's version both blow chunks.

  • Disturbed By This

    Is it just a coincidence that a video was recently released wherein rapper Drake professed his desire to work with Sade on his debut LP? I don't think so. It seems to me that Maino wanted to beat him to the punch, so he put out this unauthorized piece of crap. What a loser.

  • http://beautybyuche.tumblr.com Uche

    CONCUR DAMNIT!

  • Klues73boston

    Preach on preach on and bring the holyghost with you...+1,000,000

  • nuriha

    "Would you tattoo a two-day old baby? Would you, Maino?"
    THIS.

  • http://souluk1984.wordpress.com SoulUK

    illmami it's like you read my mind!
    99% of remixes that hit the net I ignore, due to the fact they are not a RE-MIX of the track, but rather the same track with a verse/intro substitued for some lame-ass rap.
    Paying attention to the case in point: Maino and Sade are galaxies apart ... did he ever think that his half-arsed attempt would be welcomed with open arms by the tracks core audience (i.e. Sade fans)??

  • nik

    here here!! the blasphemy must end!

  • Thelonius

    LOL! This is great.

  • Bjlawson1980

    That's probably why it took a decade for Sade to come out with another album cuz in today's music, it's all about hooking up with trendy producers & rappers and diluting your music just to make record sales. I think too that some hip hop artists use collabos and remixes with icons (i.e. Whitney/Akon track) to boost their own record sales.

  • http://www.sistergarten.blogspot.com rhythm

    i refuse to listen. i just can't. but i completely agree with you. and i choked on "would you tattoo a two-day old baby?" rant on.

  • http://mishionsmusiclounge.blogspot.com d.one

    This is so disrespectful! who does Maino think he is? he's a 1 hit wonder copy cat rapper trying to "remix" one of the most respected artist's in music! get real! if i had any respect for maino in the first place, i would have just lost it all right now.

  • http://www.automaticprince.com Automatic Prince

    I couldn't agree more...

  • miss concrete jungle

    wow. i'm not going to sit here and pretend I'm much of Sade fan, and even still, this is just wrong and mad offensive.

  • http://Http://freshselects.net FRESHselects

    i heart this whole post.
    i wish i could take it out for a nice classy dinner.
    yay for people who still get it.
    boo for the lames blackeyeing great music.
    respect all around.

  • http://hiphopsince71.blogspot.com Bigg Russ

    Literally one of the BEST posts I've EVER read online...and I've been online since the mid-90's. RESPECT!!



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