Posted Jul 12th, 2011 (11:03 am) by Janelle Sheetz
Kid Sister Redeems Kelly Rowland's "Motivation"

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As clichéd as comparing songs to drugs is, Kid Sister’s remix of Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” sounds like the original song on speed. And that’s a good thing. Kid Sister gives “Motivation” the originality it was lacking, even though it topped R&B chartshit the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop charts.

The original version of “Motivation” was a bit generic with a typical hip-hop beat and rhythm and hyper-sexual lyrics, redeemed only by Rowand’s beautiful voice and the electronic riff. But everything Kid Sister does is an improvement. She rejuvenates Rowland’s song partly by building off of a previous remix by DJ Nehpets and partly by adding her own flair. The remix starts with the first verse of the original “Motivation” as it was then becomes faster, relying on DJ Nehpet’s loops and a technique emerging from the Chicago club scene called “juking,” which is all about “insane fast footwork” and “magic feats of hip rolling.” When the juking starts, so does a fast-paced rap from Kid Sister that takes the place of Lil Wayne’s from the original and continues with the sexually charged lyrics—just better than its predecessor.

If only Kid Sister wouldn’t have left the first verse alone and would’ve remixed that, too.

Both Kid Sister and Rowland have albums due out this year—Kid Sister’s later on and Rowland’s July 28—and the remix of “Motivation” is available below.

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