Remy Ma Samples Mint Condition For A Message About Black Beauty (Video)
Remy Ma has been a respected lyricist since she emerged on M.O.P.’s mash out-turned-mainstream hit, “Ante Up (Remix).” She has multiple career-highs under her belt with verses alongside Fat Joe on platinum-selling bangers “Lean Back” and “All The Way Up.” Along with her marriage to venerated Brooklyn spitter Papoose, Remy’s rivalries (especially with Nicki Minaj) have increased her profile as a solo artist in the last decade.
After recently signing a reported seven-figure deal with Columbia/Sony Records, Remy’s latest single “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)” is one of the most provocative videos and R&B-tinged singles of her career. Known for her battle prowess, Remy is reminding fans of her sensual side, in the vein of 2006 hit “Conceited.”
The song “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)” samples Mint Condition’s 1991 R&B staple “Breaking My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes).” It features superstar singer/occasional rapper Chris Brown crooning the original song’s memorable hook. The visual for the “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)” has Remy placed in a golden brown backdrop with an assortment of choreographed female dancers, accentuating her message that Black is beautiful.
During a recent interview with Essence magazine, she discusses the concept of her self-directed video. “I wanted to make ‘Melanin Magic’ to remind you that you are Black art,” she explained. “I see you, and I see past the outside, your beautiful heart is worth love and appreciation.” Remy added, “As a proud Black woman, I wanted to highlight Black women and celebrate our beauty and strength.”
At the beginning of her second verse in “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown),” Remy channeled the memorable refrain from MC Lyte’s 1989 diss record against Antoinette in “10% Dis” by interpolating her own lyrics to bait Minaj. “I’m a real writer / Rap crown taker / Ass so soft because it’s not fake, uhh.”
It seems that after Remy dropped her incendiary diss track about Minaj “SHEther” in 2017, she doesn’t plan on letting up on Rap’s self-proclaimed Barbie Doll anytime soon.
The single is part of the rollout for her anticipated sophomore album 7 Winters, 6 Summers that is slated for release later this year. It follows her 2006 solo debut, There’s Something About Remy: Based On A True Story.
Last month, at The Roots jam sessions in New York City, Rem’ professed her fandom for Roxanne Shanté (who also appeared) on the Gramercy Theater stage.