Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon
Artist: Red Cafe f/ Diddy, Fabolous, Jadakiss, OJ Da Juiceman, Rick Ross
Title: Hottest in the Hood Remix
Label: Bad Boy/Atlantic Records
Overkill. That's my first reaction to Red Cafe trying to make "Hottest in the Hood" even hotter by throwing everybody from Fabolous to Rick Ross on it. My second reaction is SHIT, why the hell not? It's not like the original version hasn't been buzzing for a few months already, and if anybody knows how to extend the lifespan of a song via remix it's Diddy. That makes it all the more appropriate that Sean Combs is the first and the last voice heard on the song, but that's about the extent of his contributions. Besides I'm sure it doesn't hurt Notorious DVD sales to have that film's Primo be heard and seen mo'. That's right, Red Cafe played the freestyle rapper in that biopic, which is true to life in a way considering Cafe has yet to release an album in his 15 year career. The stripped down club sound of this song is a surefire summer hit but quite frankly I'm done waiting for Red Cafe to drop a full-length - no more dicking around with cameos, remixes and ghostwriting other people's hits - drop your own shit.
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