New DJ Class Looks to Classic House and, Unfortunately, Chris Brown
One step forward, one step back is the story of DJ Class these days. This time around, he’s remixing and rapping over hits from ultimate shitbag Chris Brown. First, there’s “Look At Me Now” featuring an actually pretty impressive double-time verse from Class himself, as well as Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat. Also check out this inexplicable Skype-like video (at bottom) of Class and his Arizona radio station employees mouthing the words to the remix.
Way cooler and slightly less confounding is this remix of Chris Brown’s “Beautiful People.” The original, produced by electro guru Benny Benassi, doesn’t exactly need its energy upped or anything, so Class looks back to a house-music classic “Follow Me” from Aly Us (exactly the kind of thing playing in Baltimore club sets in the genre’s fetal pre-’90s era) and replaces all the Italian fist pump pyrotechnics with something subtler and well, a little more human. It’s the sort of thing to get lost in; so much so that you’ll forget that it’s petulant man-child Chris Brown telling listeners to not “let them bring you down” and to “live your life.