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Longtime readers are already familiar with A-Trak‘s masterful DJ skills and trailblazing approach to mixing electronic dance music and contemporary hip-hop. This past week, the Canadian turntable whiz lent his remixing skills to this new cut from Atlanta rapper Donnis‘ brand new (and free) Southern Lights mixtape.
If there is a rapper worthy of A-Trak’s skittering, synthy treatment, it’s Donnis. His verbal dexterity have made him an ascendant star within the hip-hop community on the strength of just few mixtapes and last year’s Fashionably Late EP. Donnis surrounds himself with even more good company on this track, including fellow Atlantan Pill, best known for his 2009 mixtape ode to the drug game of his Pink City neighborhod, “Trap Goin Ham.” (Just as another hometown hero, Li’l John, managed to turn “Yeah!” into a catch-phrase, Pill has similarly turned the innocuous “Okay then” into his calling card.)
The music production here speaks for itself but the titular lyrical concern is a refreshingly lighthearted and offbeat one. Sure, it falls squarely within the most longstanding rap tradition–namely swaggering braggadocio–but the fact that it is about sunglasses makes it more of a bedfellow to “My Adidas” than “Black and Yellow.” It also makes for some pretty funny lines from all four vocal contributors, as when Donnis brags “I spend high notes like a high school choir sings / To have them admiring.”
And then, of course, is the hilarious absurdity of the chorus:
I’ve got Ray-Ban vision
I wear ’em when I’m whippin’
I wear ’em when I’m fuckin’
All my women think I’m trippin’
It’s goofy and cocky and best of all, it’s catchy as hell with a beat perfect for your Friday night.