Even Lil Wayne should have no reason to grumble about this one. A lot of the discussion of The-Dream's latest collaboration with rapper Pusha T has understandably focused on their previous team-up, the Notorious B.I.G.-sampling beef launcher "Exodus 23:1," where the artist and featured guest roles were reversed. On the recently surfaced "Dope Bitch," however, R&B killa Terius Nash and the former Clipse half are both on their own familiar ground. (There's been no official word on whether this will appear on the-Dream's long-delayed Love IV MMXII.)
Almost too familiar, but then, you could lob that same accusation at almost any of the-Dream's brilliantly blue slow jams or Clipse's virtuosic coke narratives — and still miss the point. The-Dream, who has shamelessly indulged his yen for R. Kelly-ish wordplay on past songs like Love King's "Make Up Bag" and his free 1977 album's "Wake Me When It's Over," finds in "Dope Bitch" an all-too-perfect intersection between his own cleverly coarse libido and Pusha T's all-white-everything id. In other words, it's a song about either an attractive woman, a drug, or both, as well as a bouncy, tenacious reminder that Drake wasn't the first to bring piano sounds to contemporary hip-hop and R&B. "I mean no disrespect by this next line..."