Dej Loaf‘s “Try Me” has already had no shortage of cosigns, but here’s another excuse to get lost in its deceptively sugary bloodthirstiness. From the 23-year-old Detroit rapper’s Sell Sole mixtape, the song was quoted on social media by Drake in September; earlier the same month, Wiz Khalifa remixed it, and that was followed in October by an official remix featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Remy Ma.
The latest rework adds a new verse from Jeezy, fka Young Jeezy, who picks up on the way the song lets talk of violence and drug-cooking come across as exultant (memorable punchline: “put some Evian in my IV”). There’s also a reheated but still well-placed set of bars from T.I., which previously appeared on an October remix by Tip’s Hustle Gang; if T.I.’s own fall album, Paperwork, wasn’t exactly a return to greatness, his awareness of the zeitgeist is undimmed, as seen by his guest spot on a Migos track and TV appearance with a network-debuting Young Thug.
In a weird way, the presence of Jeezy and T.I., two Atlanta-based architects of ’00s trap, highlights how, in this sweet-voiced northerner’s hands, the game has changed. We might get to see more of that shift when Dej Loaf releases her major-label debut, expected in 2015.