9th Wonder Brings Smif-n-Wessun & Rick Ross Together For A Song That’s Super Fly (Audio)
9th Wonder is a master mixer—not just behind the turntables or in the swivel chair in front of the tracking boards, the North Carolina native is gifted at fusing worlds together. At the height of “mixtape Lil Wayne,” he brought Weezy F. Baby to Little Brother for a meaningful collaboration in “Breakin’ My Heart.” 9th assembled the last Crooklyn Dodgers outfield of Yasiin Bey, Memphis Bleek and Jean Grae for “Brooklyn On My Mind.” Most recently, the producer hand a heavy hand in the devastating “Nobody” track on Rapsody’s last LP, with great guest work from Black Thought, Anderson .Paak, and Moonchild. The list goes on.
For the 2018 Superfly remake, 9th brings Smif-n-Wessun and Rick Ross together for “Capone Suite.” In a film that mirrors itself after ’70s cool and present-day imagery, this track uses a familiar ’70s Soul sample as the basis for the meeting. General Steele and Tek rock their “I shine, you shine” and “Smif-n-Wessun on the borderline” routines from yesteryear, in addition to some brief-but-stomping Boot Camp Clik rhymes at the top.
Steele goes first with a short set of bars. Ross enters when the drums hit, rapping with some real-life references to the attempts on his life. The Teflon Don balks at the IRS and his haters alike while saluting J. Prince’s O.G. status. He raps in a way that fits the film narrative, living a lavish existence with danger at any turn.
While this reportedly belongs to the bonus disc, the soundtrack features Organized Noize’s Sleepy Brown, Young Thug, and 21 Savage.
#BonusBeat: For those who feel that they didn’t get quite enough Smif-n-Wessun, this is General Steele’s latest video single, “Grind”:
It is a collaboration with VVS Verbal.