There have been a ton of releases in the past two weeks, Flatbush Zombies’ album, Cardi B’s major label debut, Rich the Kid’s major label debut, Famous Dex’s major label debut, etc. In addition to all this there is also a dope trend that I wanted to highlight – freestyling over Who Run It by 3 6 Mafia.
The original song came out on Three 6 Mafia’s fourth studio album, When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1, in January of 2000. Three 6 Mafia peaked in popularity the mid 2000’s but have been ridiculously influential to the modern trap sound, as recent events continue to demonstrate.
At the end of March 2018 G Herbo went to Dallas to freestyle with Bay Bay, host of the K104 radio station. He went freestyled over a few beats, one of which being Who Run It. G Herbo is a Chicago rapper, previously known as Lil Herb, who came up with Lil Bibby around the time Chief Keef and the drill scene was really popping off in Chicago. His debut studio album, Humble Beast, was well received and I encourage all to check it out – however Herbo is just getting started as shown by his freestyle below.
Drake DM’d Herbo about the freestyle giving him props (see below) and pushed him to release it as a song, which Herbo did.
Following this trend more and more rappers have jumped on the beat and made their own remixes. A$AP Rocky released a remix, 21 Savage released a remix, Dave East released a remix. A personal favorite of mine is the Trippie Redd and Lil Yachty remix, seen below.
Finally, Juicy J released a remix last night shouting out everyone who already made a remix. This song came out 18 years ago and is just as relevant now as it was then – this speaks to the cyclical nature of hip hop and I would love to continue hearing Three 6 Mafia remixes by current rappers for years to come.