When Monica and Rick Ross talked to MTV a year ago about collaborating, their mutual admiration society vibe didn’t exactly lend credence to the possibility. Yet here we are! Missy Elliott, reinvigorated after being away from the game to attend to her health issues, flips another Notorious B.I.G. track, and once again, Lil’ Kim is also on board. (In 2007, it was a “Juicy” sample for Keyshia Cole‘s “Let It Go”; this time around Missy reworks “Who Shot Ya.”)
In terms of past Song Of The Summer champions, this track really stacks the deck. Elliott produced 2001 Song of the Summer “Lady Marmalade” (which featured Lil’ Kim) and Monica sang (with Brandy) 1998 Song of the Summer “The Boy Is Mine.” And while Biggie himself never had a Song of the Summer, 1997’s winner “I’ll Be Missing You” was, of course, a tribute to him, both “Hypnotize” and “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems” hit #1 that year (the former for three weeks in May and the latter for two weeks at the end of August). Ross is no slouch either; while he’s never risen to the ranks of summer domination, he’s been on plenty of big summer songs, like DJ Khaled‘s posse cuts “We Takin’ Over” in 2007 and “I’m On One,” which has climbed as high as #10 on the Billboard charts.
Despite all this (and the fact that we like this track a bunch), we’re not sure this single has quite the je ne sais quoi (or, as Tim McCarver might say, the “intangibles”) to be the 2011 Song Of The Summer, especially launched this far into the season. Americans are still looking for a louder, brasher summer song. How else to explain LMFAO topping the Hot 100 with “Party Rock Anthem”? Even still, this song ain’t shabby (and it’s certainly a much better showing for Lil’ Kim than her recent Nicki Minaj diss tracks).
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