Who would have ever thought that you could make a mellow, unrequited love song out of DMX’s Party Up?

Taking the lyrical sample from the 90’s track for the sample, Janine sings about a lover who constantly leaves her waiting and declares his love while dating someone else.  Her vocals are stunning over the mostly minimalist production as she takes several different octaves in different parts of the song and never goes overboard with the adlibs.  The beatwork is fairly simple, for the most part, consisting of nearly a single-chord held for long periods of time that allow Janine to make the melody and show out.  The lyrics are solid and accessible, giving a story that many people can relate to.

It’s too bad the music video for this, which was released today, doesn’t feature a DMX cameo.