Erykah Badu – “Trill Friends”

Kanye West’s excellent Ty Dolla $ign collab “Real Friends” is only a few days old, but Erykah Badu has already remixed it, giving it the same treatment that she gave Drake’s “Hotline Bling” last year. That “Hotline Bling” remix led to Badu’s wonderful mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone, and it would be really cool if the same thing happened here. And it might! On her SoundCloud page, she says the remix is from a forthcoming mixtape called THIS $h!t TOO EASY. It can be hard to know if Badu is joking or not, and she also says that she recorded this one while messing around in the studio when she was supposed to be working on something else. But even if this is a one-off, though, it’s a cool new version. It’s calm and meditative, with Badu using that Kanye beat to riff on the meaning of friendship and on Whodini’s 1984 rap classic “Friends.” Listen to Badu’s remix below.

So let’s all be on the collective lookout for THIS $h!t TOO EASY.