Ross doesn’t tweak the track much — save for a few distorted glitches and a “Maybach Music” stamp — and simply inserts a quick verse in between the song’s aching intro and pounding outro. Still, Ross sidles over the song’s soft piano plunks, spinning a somber, scarred, yet still opulent verse about failed relationships, impoverished communities and unquenchable dreams.
“Tears fall all the way to the south of France,” Ross spits, “Poverty line hang lower than my pants / Invited to the Grammys but I feel so out of place / After we watch plates they were always out of state.” Later, he drops references to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and James Cameron’s Titanic, before conjuring a quintessentially Bawse image: “Aroma of the dank as I’m breezing through the bank.”
Ross’ reworking of “Hello” is the latest in his Renzel Remixes series, and arrives one day after his take on Future’s “Stick Talk,” and a new video for “Bill Gates,” from his Black Dollar mixtape. The clip, available via Revolt, mixes classic shots of Ross spitting in a private plane and fancy car, but also finds him extensively working the sidelines during a Houston Texans football game.
Ross will follow Black Dollar with his eighth studio album, Black Market, which is scheduled for release in November. The album marks Rozay’s third in two years, following his two 2014 efforts, Hood Billionaire and Mastermind. Earlier this month, Ross premiered the first single, “Sorry,” featuring Chris Brown.