Mike Will is a master of melody-friendly menace and plodding, blown-out bass. His spare, melancholy production credits include Future’s “Ain’t No Way Around It” and “Itchin,” and Meek Mill’s apocalyptic “Tupac Back.” So his gentle, after-midnight beat for “I’m On Fire,” built around one belly-aching guitar loop, comes as a surprise. Luda makes more of the comfort food than K.R.I.T., ending mellow runs with bursts of energy that underscore the lows: An orgasm joke that relies on Real Housewife of Atlanta Nene Leakes and the regrettable utterance of the word dinglish. Mike Will is set to release a mixtape showcasing his range, Est. In 1989 (Last Of A Dying Breed), soon. “I’m On Fire” appears on Ludacris’ 1.21 Gigawatts: Back To The First Time tape, out November 15th.
Download: Ludacris f. Big K.R.I.T., “I’m On Fire”