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An Open Letter to Rappers: Please, Stay Away from “6’7’”

Dear Talented Rappers,

Now, we’re going to start by pointing out how we’ve addressed this letter. “Talented,” it says. So what we’re about to request has less to do with you than with, well, circumstance. We’re here to nip a trend in the bud before it even has the chance to evolve into a full-fledged trend.

Please do not rap over “6’7′.”

That’s all we’re asking. It’s not that much, is it?

When Lil Wayne release his long-awaited, Cory Gunz-assisted lead single off Tha Carter IV last week, the streets, the internet and just about everyone else went nuts. And rightfully so. Not only had the world been waiting for an entire post-jail Weezy song an entire, painstakingly long month, but Wayne and Cory killed it, and the beat was pure fire.

The first time “6’7’” was placed in our collective consciousness, it was described by Mack Maine as “‘A Milli’ on steroids.” Weezy soon clarified that the Bangladesh-produced cut was more like “A Milli” on HGH, but that’s really besides the point.

We all remember what happened with “A Milli.”

About a year and a half ago, we heard the thumping anthem and, before long, everyone and their mother put out an “A Milli Freestyle” or “A Milli Remix.” You remember. It was everyone. Seriously. Rappers. R&B singers. Jay-Z. Chris Brown. French rapper Teki Latex. That kid in his bedroom in Oklahoma. They all wanted to see what would happen when they made the Bangladesh banger their own. We’ll admit: it was a fun thing to watch for a while. Soon, though, everything about it just got played out.

We don’t need the same thing to happen to “6’7′.” Yes, the beat is killer and we don’t blame you for wanting to get on it. And this is certainly #noshots at Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Grafh, all of whom have already done their thing on the track.

But as Royce Da 5’9”—a lyrical monster in his own right—tweeted on December 17, just three days after the track dropped, “Everybody keeps asking me to do that 6’7 beat… Smh No way.. I ain’t going nowhere near that shit.. #AlreadyBeenBodied.”

Ain’t that’s the truth.

So, please, rappers, just leave it alone.


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