Big Pun left a lasting influence on hip-hop after his passing in 2010 and his son Chris Rivers is carrying on the family legacy as he embarks upon his own musical journey. On his newest track, “Old Thing Back,” Rivers finds himself yearning to rekindle an old flame and relates the feeling of losing his lover to the special place old school hip-hop has in the hearts of many people.
Rivers dips into the past for “Old Thing Back” and samples Holland-Dozier‘s 1972 song “Why Can’t We Be Lovers” before paying tribute to Naughty by Nature‘s “Hip Hop Hooray” and sampling their chant (“Hey, ho, hey ho”). The rapper reminisces about his relationship with a former flame, often comparing her personality to hip-hop and R&B legends from De La Soul and Bell Biv DeVoe to OutKast.
“She kept on passing me by, that girl is poison/ became a thorn in my side, I guess it’s roses,” he raps. “What you think yo’ shit smell like? I ain’t no Outkast/ But I couldn’t outlast so the shit when south fast.”
“’Old Thing Back’ was one of the records I had the most fun with! I wanted to tell two stories at the same time and use entendres and metaphors to build the parallel between the love we share for others intimately and the love we share for hip-hop,” Rivers tells Billboard. “Depending on who listens to it and when, it will feel like a totally different story each time. I’m proud of this record and I know people will love it.”
Watch “Old Thing Back” below.