It’s fitting that during the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, such a catchy and modern tune uses such historical samples as its structure. Similar to the original version, which uses a sample from “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash, Coi Leray’s “Players” remix sounds fresh without getting lost in the enormous legacy of the sampled track. On the Busta Rhymes-assisted remix, which uses his 1997 single “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” as its foundation, Rhymes crafts an updated verse that showcases his dynamic rhythmical flow. Overall, his inclusion makes for a fresh yet nostalgic listening experience.
In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.