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Phil Adé Can’t Stay Away From U.S. Royalty

Phil Adé's new track "Monte Carlo Dreams," with its blatant U.S. Royalty samples, probably exists because the Maryland rapper and the D.C. rock band already had a thing goin' on. (Click that link and watch that video, it's kinda nice.) The original "Monte Carlo" was a "coke-kissed Fleetwood Mac-style jam" (yeah, I just quoted myself), but in the hands of Chicago-reared, DMV-based producer Sunny Norway, the song's most useful parts (the guitar lead, especially) are excised and recycled into something glitzy. And, whereas U.S. Royalty's lyrics were about a crazy traveling lady or something, Adé keeps his "Monte Carlo" theme a little closer to home, opting for a car metaphor, with a "454 engine roarin'." The overall lesson: HIP-HOP TAKES WHATEVER IT WANTS. (Adé apparently has an album, A Different World, out July 19.)

FACT CHECK:  A 454-cubic-inch engine indeed was an option on the Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: Adé interviewed by New York's 92.3 Now FM at the time he was recording the song. Norway interviewed on his back.

DOWNLOAD: Phil Adé "Monte Carlo Dreams" (Produced by Sunny Norway)

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Photo nicked from Adé's Facebook page.

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