You’re Killin’ Me: Features
Features used to be cool. I used to get excited when I saw different rappers working together. Some of my favorite hip-hop tracks have had features. “Amerikaz Most Wanted” featuring Snoop, the countless Nate Dogg features, Game’s work with 50, and Jay’s collabos with Pharrell are all great features. Recently, features have gotten straight boring and repetitive. Not that authentic features don’t exist anymore, but most tracks nowadays are a bunch of verses glued to a beat. Then to get attention, rappers always feature a mix of what seems to be the same cast. French Montana, Lil Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and A$AP Rocky are currently hot feature commodities. Rappers need to switch it up. You’re killin’ me.
When an artist is big enough, I’ll listen to him regardless of his features. Game is a perfect example. There’s no doubt that Jayceon can carry a track all by himself. I mean, he can carry albums all by himself. He doesn’t need help. So I’m disappointed with what we’ll see on his upcoming album, Jesus Piece. According to Game, JP is going to be a collection of features. In essence, it’s going to be Game & friends talking about Jesus. Just because Dj Khaled has had a successful career featuring a ton of artists doesn’t mean that every rapper out there should show off their Dj Khaled skills. Game isn’t the only rapper suffering from feature-happy-syndrome, but he’s one of the most unfortunate ones. The only person I want to see Game work with is 50 Cent. Other than that, I don’t care who he works with. If I buy a Game CD, I want to hear Game, not 2 Chainz or Ross. Just Game. Is that too much to ask?
Maybe I would like features more if every song didn’t feature a mix of the same rappers. How many times have we seen the same mix of rappers on the same tracks? Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Drake, Rick Ross, and A$AP Rocky. This is mostly due to the fact that the feature has turned into a business move instead of a musical move. Rappers want the attention that comes with their feature instead of the quality of the track. “Ball” with T.I. and Lil Wayne is a horrible collaboration, but hey, it features Wayne so it got people talking. Artists need to focus on the musical aspect of their music instead of the impact it’ll have on their money. Crappy collabos are killin’ me.
It’s always good to have a feature here and there. But there are artists that have features on every song they release. Sometimes it’s because they can’t carry a song, and sometimes it’s because they’re huge Dj Khaled fanatics. If a rapper ever feels the need to work with someone else, they better make sure that it makes sense. I hate it when a group of rappers just throw random 16’s together. Y’all are killin’ me.