Toronto’s TOBi has been steadily rising through the ranks, making a few friends in high places. Recently, the singer joined Mozzy and Osbe Chill on The Game’s Born 2 Rap track “Carmen Electra.” Now, Game has come through to return the favor on a remix of “City Blues.” Not that TOBi needed the assistance; off the bat, he sings his brand of Manchester City Blues with a wonderful display of range, his falsetto gliding over the piano. Over a smoky jazz-club arrangement, driven by a slick bassline and faint traces of a wailing sax, TOBi reflects on themes of misogyny and toxic relationships.
While his verse remains the same as in the original version. The Game’s presence makes for a crucial distinction. “You want to know why I’m happy I’m still alive, na,” begins The Game. “Bout four five times I should have died, na.” He proceeds to paint pictures, vivid in his depictions of Los Angeles chaos. A chaos to which one quickly becomes desensitized. “A dead body, that’s’ something to see,” he muses. “How’d I end up by myself after travelling the world a hundred deep? I watched Bobby get shot in his face, I saw Lil Kurt intestines fall straight out his waist.”
Although they are a lot more about this song that we would really love to talk about, but due to the fact that we know how urgent a listen is important at this point, but we’ll let you take a listen and do the talking yourself.
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