Can He Kick It? J. Cole Does With A Soulful ATCQ Remix (Audio)
As the release date for the 25th anniversary deluxe edition of A Tribe Called Quest’s People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm debut album fast approaches (11/13), they drop their third and final bonus track from the LP. Remixes of “Bonita Applebum” and “Footprints,” by Pharrell and Cee Lo Green, respectively, have been met with mixed reviews, as some have embraced the sonic re-takes while others have fretted that classics should not be touched. J. Cole is the latest to put his imprint on a Tribe treasure, and he takes on the anthemic “Can I Kick It.”
Unlike Cee Lo’s remix, which maintained core elements of the original, J. Cole’s version of “Can I Kick It” is a complete re-invention. He abandons Lou Reed’s wistful and whimsical track “Walk On The Wild Side,” and replaces it with a production that is a bit more soulful and darker. However, similarly to Pharrell’s remix, J. Cole does not add his own verse to the song, leaving the words of Q-Tip and Phife to stand on their own. Regardless of the shift in the track’s mood, Q-Tip and Phife’s vocals still sound right at home.
Check it out below. Which of the 3 remixes do you prefer?