SERMs LEMON's 30th Birthday Present by MoMilli (Ft. LEMON) 8

SERM = selective estrogen receptor modulator

(not that Taxol is a SERM but it’s also breast cancer chemo)

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I don't know the new rap LEMON's 30th Birthday Present by MoMilli (Ft. LEMON) 8

KIDDING I listen to 107.9 Rickey Smiley morning show on my reverse commute

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Remixed it with Heems and Despot and Danny Brown Young Money: Rap, "Step," and V-Dubs (And the Vampy Weeks Rap References You Missed) by Vampire Weekend (Ft. MoMilli) 19

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An olive man tires of all Material Things Trying To Be Olive by Maboo 1

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WestCo Step (Remix) by Vampire Weekend (Ft. Danny Brown, Despot & Heems) 2

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January 11th, 2014

He means the west coast

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That stayed in shell-toes, until Hell froze Step (Remix) by Vampire Weekend (Ft. Danny Brown, Despot & Heems) 2

Popularized by Run-DMC, shell-toes (below) the iconic old school New York hip-hop—and especially Queens hip-hop—shoe. Vampire Weekend mentioned Run-DMC in the original “Step” (“she’s tougher than leather,” like their album of that name).

The “until Hell froze” inclusion is clever and elegant because the VW version of the song is really about falls from grace. It’s both about defending your girl and about those early moments in a relationship can never stay. Heems' girl here is both his non-Queens girl and Queens, all about authenticity/inauthenticity again. Heems' verse is probably the most similar in tone to the Vampire Weekend song, while the other two seem to have approached their writing more like the original Souls of Mischief track.

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"Nothing gold can stay." Step (Remix) by Vampire Weekend (Ft. Danny Brown, Despot & Heems) 2

The wrapper color, the wordplay on “coldest shoulder” and “gold,” the reference to the Robert Frost poem later referenced in The Outsiders (“Stay gold, Ponyboy!”) Quoting that saying is the most Vampire Weekend thing ever. The whole thesis of “Step,” and whole M.O. of Ezra Koenig’s lyricism, could be summed up as “Sic transit Gloria. Glory fades. I’m Max Fischer.”

He then plays on goldleaf and turning over a new leaf, potentially (though maybe not intentionally) calling back to Heems' earlier line about the leaves falling.

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Bellerose Step (Remix) by Vampire Weekend (Ft. Danny Brown, Despot & Heems) 2

He grew up in that neighborhood of Queens. Sometimes he mentions his childhood home’s proximity to Creedmoor, an abandoned public psychiatric institution.

You could stretch it a little unnecessarily to say she’s his beautiful rose, and petals fall from roses.

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[Verse Three: Despot] Step (Remix) by Vampire Weekend (Ft. Danny Brown, Despot & Heems) 2

Despot made a memorable cameo in the “Diane Young” music video using a saxophone (Ezra Koenig’s initial instrument) as a pipe:

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[Verse Two: Heems] Step (Remix) by Vampire Weekend (Ft. Danny Brown, Despot & Heems) 2

Longtime friend/collaborator of Rostam Batmanglij, who appears in the Das Racist “Michael Jackson” video facemorphing sequence. Batmanglij produced “The Trick” on Relax.

Verse reminiscent of Heems' solo track “Womyn” (WOMYN!)

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