A lone woman on a track with three great emcees outshines her male peers. Allow us to introduce you to Kris Stephens. T.I.‘s “Memories Back Then” featuring B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar and Kris Stephens on the chorus should’ve made Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. Originally the banger was titled “Somebody That I Used To Know” with a sample from Gotye from his song of the same name, according to Hip Hop Wired. It’s assumed a sample clearance is why we have the new version with vocals by T.I.’s artist Kris Stephens. And no shade to Gotye at all because we adore him, but we couldn’t imagine this track without Kris’s sultry voice.
Gotye’s voice may have been nixed but the bassline from “Somebody That I Used To Know” can be heard as soon as Kris glides through, “When the lights go out and I’m in my bed/I think of all the madness in my head.” In the song we hear three different male perspectives on women each rapper used to know. T.I.P.’s girl was down but promiscuous. B.o.B’s fling lied about paternity. And K. Dot’s chick was money hungry. The song’s not favorable to women, at all. But the verses are well written and the song bumps. It just does.
Since the guys showed very little love to the ladies we’re glad with a minimalist chorus and background vocals Kris becomes the main attraction. If you’re curious to hear more of Kris Stephens listen to her cover of Aaliyah’s “One In A Million” produced by Tank. We’ll be watching her closely.
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