Read the credits alone to “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over”, the newest leak from DJ Khaled‘s next star-studded LP We The Best Forever, and it becomes pretty obvious the posse cut king is banking on this cut being heralded as the next huge NYC Hip Hop-Soul anthem.
Rounding up Mary J, Fab and Kiss on a single track, atop production that bites off of Schoolly D’s oft-sampled golden-age rap classic “PSK, What Does It Mean?” no less, and it’s almost a given that said song will be getting some mild bang throughout the streets and neighborhoods of the Five Boroughs for at least a third of the summer season.
However, for all of it’s bombastic energy, and the general appeal of a towering wall of multiple Mary’s offering generic inspira-tropes that meta-nod to her own decade-plus strong career (“Just when you thought I did all there was to do/ I gave my best to you/ It ain’t over til it’s over”) while Fab and Jada lean on the whole “Let’s use the first three letters of our name to describe our overall bossiness” Rap 101 trick, “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over” ends up being a bit too routine to generate the same kind of excitement as fellow Best cut (and the collection’s current smash) “I’m On One”, with the three artists involved basically texting in their respective contributions.
An okay tune, but we’ll wait for the inevitable remix that tosses in about ten additional New York-repping emcees before we give it an official summer jam tag.
We The Best Forever drops July 19th.