Single Serving No. 1

By Kwase Lane, Features Editor

Hey, hey, wake up. You had a pretty wild night, huh? Well, I mean, as wild as nights can get with *everything* that’s been happening. 

But, anyway, it looks like it’s going to be a rough one since you’re barely managing to drag yourself over to the refrigerator and stuff God knows what into the dehydrated cave you currently have the displeasure of calling your mouth.

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After the chilly greeting from the sterile light of your fridge piercing your eyes, you notice a styrofoam container on the top shelf. Someone scrawled “So.incredible.pkg” across the top in sharpie, and once you crack it open, you find a few pieces of picked-over bread masquerading as French toast. 

After listening to it for over a year, the OG “So.Incredible.pkg” has gone a little stale. The track is thick and crusty with understated layers. However, a bit of fluffiness still exists within. Come on, try to remember your first time listening to it. A potent beat rests atop a mild, warped melody, but the best part? The tiny flourishes that crop up from time to time: the bass getting a little too excited and releasing a tiny but powerful wail, a twisted vocal sample crying out, a bell that resembles the sound of a shop door opening. There’s no shortage of audible curiosities in this song. Half of the value might be in the novelty, though, and it doesn’t hit quite the same spot it did when it was fresh. 

You can fix this. You have the materials. Form your hands into a shape resembling some crooked rake, and go to work. Cinnamon, butter, that all-natural maple syrup your roommate has been raving about for the last few weeks (they won’t mind if a little goes missing). Like I said, you have the materials. 

“So.Incredible.pkg (Robert Glasper Version)” is slick and sweet but not without weight. An idyllic vocal sample glides over a gently pulsing synth to form the track’s pillowy soft instrumentation. Denzel Curry’s percussive delivery resembles a fork and knife at times, digging and cutting into this gentle masterwork of production. You bite into the second piece of toast and realize it’s absorbed the majority of the melted butter you added. 

Whereas Curry opted for a more aggressive vocal approach, Smino is content to wade and swim through the backing vocals, dipping under and emerging as he sees fit. 

The last 12 months have begun to reveal the easy-bake way to ensure any R&B/rap remix is better than the original. “Dragonball Durag” and “So.Incredible.pkg” both benefited from the addition of a little sonic grease, so if you need a bit more kick, just add a dash of Smino.

God, this is delicious. Were you a chef in a past life? You must have been.

Dig in:

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