By Kevin Rutherford
Two years ago, when Ed Sheeran‘s “The A-Team” was practically inescapable as a low-tempo acoustic hit from a little-known British singer-songwriter, few could have predicted his sudden relevance across many circles — including hip-hop and R&B, culminating with Pharrell’s work on pieces of his new album X.
But Sheeran takes a step even further into the rap world today (Aug. 18) with an official remix on “Don’t,” featuring a verse from Rick Ross.
The original song is mostly intact — in fact, if you started listening at about a minute in, you might not know anything was different aside from a few exclamations from the rapper toward the end. But that’s because the Miami wordsmith jumps in from the start of the remix, laying down a minute-long verse before the usual of “Don’t” takes hold.
“Killed your boy career / Still no arrest yet,” Ross boasts over the song’s acoustic guitar-driven beat. He adds, toward its end, a reference to Sheeran, whom he calls Ed Sizzle. Which is great.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFWG3bNN6FQ&w=620&h=349]
“Don’t” is the second single off X, following the No. 13-peaking “Sing,” featuring Pharrell. The album was released in late June and scored Sheeran his first No. 1 album in the U.S.