The Weeknd, ‘Reminder (Remix)’ | Track Review
The Weeknd drops an enjoyable remixed version of “Reminder” featuring Young Thug and A$AP Rocky. All in all, the results are positive.
For the love of a remix! The Weeknd gets into the remix game with one of the best records from his Starboy album, “Reminder.” On Starboy, “Reminder” is the fourth track, following the title track, “Party Monster,” and “False Alarm.” On this particular gem, the singer continues spitting mad game, yet there’s are chill vibes as well. The first verse (of the original) features the most eyebrow raising lyric, where he seems surprised by the reaction to megahit “Can’t Feel My Face”:
“I just won a new award for a kids’ show / Talking ‘bout a face numbing off a bag a blow / I’m like god damn b*tch, I am not a Teen choice / God damn b*tch, I am not a bleach boy.”
In addition to the hard-hitting lyrics, the soulful bass line is highlighting feature.
On “Reminder (Remix),” the aforementioned first verse becomes the second verse. The Weeknd doesn’t kick things off, but rather the first of two guests, Young Thug. Young Thug, personally, is hit or miss. Sometimes, he adds an interesting dimension to the songs where he is the lead or artist or those that he guests on. At other times, he comes off as, um, incredibly odd. Here, he is an asset, particularly given his melodic nature of rap. He has several highlights, including “Ain’t no more Hanes on my balls, these are Kenneth Cole,” and “All my double cups purple like the soul plane.”
The Weeknd follows with the memorable chorus, unchanged from the original.
“‘Cause you know me, you know me / You know me, you know me / Every time you try to forget who I am / I’ll be right there to remind you again / You know me, you know me.”
Following his verse (highlighted earlier) and another iteration of the chorus, A$AP Rocky drops a non-pitched, harder rap verse. It’s a solid verse, if less memorable than the original verse by The Weeknd and even Young Thug. Still, the hair line is winning.
“No way you think if ever I decide to cut my hair like Abel did / Like Jaden Smith, I’d prolly walk around all day with it.”
All in all, the “Reminder (Remix)” is enjoyable. It doesn’t necessarily trump the original, where The Weeknd holds things down just fine, but it’s not a dud either. Some remixes fail to check off boxes. This one, on the other hand, works.