If there’s one thing to love about rap in the age of the internet, it’s the Wild West climate of sampling. From the DMV to Detroit and even down in Florida, artists aren’t afraid to turn influences into instrumentals, and Orlando rapper Rico Cartel is one of the names doing it best. First, it was with a rework of the classic “Hate It or Love It” instrumental, and now, Cartel is back with a remix of Erykah Badu’s “On & On.”
Two minutes in length, “Erykah Badu” pairs the singer’s smooth, jazz-influenced melodies with booming 808s and a stylish, fast-paced drum pattern that screams out its Florida roots. With each and every line, Cartel displays the room-commanding charm that’s brought him this far, and even more impressive, he lets loose one of his finest lyrical performances to date. Switching between flows with effortless fluidity, Cartel oddly sounds right at home over the “On & On” remake, and the rest speaks for itself.
Florida’s sample game is among the best of them, so don’t sleep. Rico Cartel and Erykah Badu make a power duo on the Orlando rapper’s latest: