Harry Gray Channels Yasiin Bey on “Love You Bad (Remix)”

I liked this one from the first time I heard it, mainly because it’s got that neo-soul-meets-conscious-rap feel to it. It may be that I’m an addict for boombap drums and harmonized choruses and this one was the proverbial needle I needed to get my daily fix. Or, it could be that the song is dope—but not the type you get addicted to, just the type you play in your headphones a lot.

Whatever the case is, the song goes in and features the multifaceted artist rapping and singing in a way that automatically brought up images of Yasiin Bey and Anderson.Paak. It’s smooth, but there’s a roughness to the vocals as well. It’s almost as if he’s saying “maybe this love isn’t the best for me. But I love it and need it anyway.” I mean, the brother compares his love to an addiction, but does so smoothly so you’re not “Weeknd’d out” by his confession. The beat sounds like something Dilla would’ve knocked out real quick and the vocals are dope as well. Do the thing, y’all, and support dope music in all its forms.

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