And now there's this, Wherein Bieber, reincarnated as Shawty Mane, rhymes for about a minute over the beat to "Speaking In Tungs," the last track on Dipset protégé Vado's debut album, Slime Flu, released on Tuesday.
And maybe it's my contextual ignorance of most things Bieberian -- is he even old enough to be rapping about getting "hella dome"? -- but I have to say: it's pretty good.
If not pretty good, then at least impressively uncanny. The "A Milli"-soundalike beat helps, of course, but Shawty Mane's sounds eerily similar to Lil Wayne's reptilian rasp, minus a couple thousand blunts. Listen the way the kid purrs little yeahs between verses. (He doesn't sing like that, right?) And then listen to the way he slings legit slang about dating black chicks despite being, as he takes pains to write on a pad at 1'24, WHITE:
My new chick, she a yellowbone I buy her yellow stones Cause I like it when she got that yellow on
There's plenty here to exegize -- even more, arguably, than in the Das Racist freestyle over the same beat. You should probably get familiar. Or maybe being a little less familiar is the trick.