By Kevin Rutherford
First came Miguel’s “How Many Drinks” from his 2012 album Kaleidoscope Dream. Then there was the remix, which found Kendrick Lamar on the track with a rap verse and got the track a radio single release and a No. 69 peak on the Billboard Hot 100.
Now, Rick Ross is back for his version of the track, as he is wont to do. Dropped yesterday (April 10), the Ross remix includes a verse from the Boss on the front end of the tune, before leaving the rest to its normal players, Miguel and Lamar.
Ross gets a little romantic — or maybe yearning, at least — for his verse. “She put me in the past, says she moved on / But I keep her sexy ass in my new song,” he rhymes over the song’s smooth beat and keys.
“Long money / I’mma show you just what Rick ’bout / Rims on the coupe, baby / Haters wanna sue,” he raps at the end of his rhyme. “Me and you against the world, / What you wanna do?” He repeats this query twice more before giving the floor to Miguel.
It’s yet another remix from Ross; the rapper contributed verses to Lorde’s “Royals” and Kanye West’s “Bound 2” in more recent months, among many others — although those at least occurred while the songs were still fresh in the minds of their listeners, unlike “How Many Drinks,” which is a bit older by comparison. Oh well, it’s Rick Ross — guess he’s just doing these remixes because he can.
Ross is still working his new album, Mastermind, which came out at the beginning of March. The album shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 179,000 copies in its first-week sales.