Jimmy Ness is the enemy at the gate.

Young Scooter’s struggle bars ensure the “Drugs” [Remix] won’t be making an appearance on anyone’s song of the year list, but only the heartless won’t appreciate Rich Homie Quan’s sincere croons dedicated to brain altering chemicals. Originally written off as a Future clone, the 24 year old has croaked himself a different lane and a few undeniable hits along the way. It’s not entirely fair to write off Scooter’s mumble mouthed rhymes as they’re entertaining enough, but it’s his perpetually affluent hook man who owns the track.

Kevin Gates comes along in the last minute with a tacked on guest verse and though his feature could have been better used elsewhere, complaining about a free verse by one of the best is punishable with ten Lil Twist bars. The sensitive thug takes a damaged view on substances and exposes detail about friends who’ve changed, the impact of bad drugs and his daughter learning to walk while he was incarcerated.

Quan and Gates also appear on remix of “Two Rounds” by Houston MC Propain. The original debuted on the latter rapper’s very solid albeit uncreatively named Ridin’ Slab mixtape from last year. This is another jam boosted yet again by the Rich Homie’s melancholic vocals and intricate couplets from Gates, who at this stage I must refrain from writing further praise about lest I enter full Stan mode. Sex raps for radio are typically a PG borefest, but the song is anchored by witty reference to the classic “O-o-h Child” (Things Are Gunna Get Easier) by The Five Stairsteps. Listen below and give thanks to the luxurious Homie.

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