This is how I imagine recording a fresh track must look like. Everyone recording their channels together, dancing around the studio and improvising lyrics as they go: “I don’t need a sample, I’ve got a girl with a banjo.” From the very beginning–the girls singing the sampled vocal–it’s immediately jubilant, in the same way that this now-famous Minnesota couple’s wedding is. Everyone is just so fucking happy. Where Nyle surpasses Chris Brown is [not in girlfriend beatings, but] in the way the song builds. The increasing layers of instrumentation and Nyle’s vocal crescendo make it bigger and more exciting as it goes on. That is after all what you expect from a song titled “Let the Beat Build.”

The sample, if you didn’t immediately recognize it is from the Lil’ Wayne song of the same name, which is really from the Eddie Kendricks song “Day By Day.” The Lil’ Wayne song is one of my favorites from Tha Carter III, but this cover (so to speak) has a different energy, partly because of the video, but mostly because the lyrics just feel more inspired.

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