HAKEEM DRILL! – [2219 Lee] ft. [Mali Smith] [Cash Cobain]

A few months back, we premiered a song called “HAKEEM” from New York group MHPG Sound. The track and its accompanying music video were a deeply catchy, limitlessly energetic binding of New York charisma and reference-heavy lyrics, tied together with an OVO Sound Radio premiere to mark the moment. Today, as “HAKEEM” has soundtracked the summertime in New York and beyond, 2219 Lee, Mali Smith, and Cash Cobain are here to revisit this one with “HAKEEM DRILL!”: a remix of the song which gives it Cash Cobain’s signature sample drill twist.

Employing the same sample as J Dilla’s “Stop,” the “HAKEEM” spin-off pushes this song into soulful territories, breathing new life into a massively engaging set of performances from all three artists featured. There’s something about the combination of drill drums and soul vocals that never seems to fail, and “HAKEEM DRILL!” is proof — not to mention its historic merit, with Cash Cobain revisiting the rich, sample-heavy work of legendary producer forefather J Dilla.

Lyrics about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Coi Leray still hit like they did when “HAKEEM” first dropped on this one, and honestly, I think this was a perfect release to re-engage listeners on a great song. The vocal/lyrical performances are equally quotable as they are energetic, which makes “HAKEEM DRILL!” sound just as natural as the original track — only this time, with an undeniable scent of soul, and the same kind of dance-inducing charm that Cash Cobain instrumentals always seem to set off.

Don’t just take my word for it, though. Be sure to check out “HAKEEM DRILL!” below and if you haven’t already, check out the original premiere HERE.

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