Less a song of its own than a mash-up of 2 Chainz's "I'm Different" with Soul For Real's "Candy Rain," Anthony Lewis' "Candy Rain" is ostensibly a launching pad for the singer's career, but it's more interesting for capturing the spirit of a DJ Ron G blend tape cut (Ron G used to blend R&B and hip-hop to great effect in the late '80s, inspiring the early success of Bad Boy Records—as well as the original "Candy Rain" producer, Andre Harrell). The slight alterations to the "I'm Different" beat keep that song's primary melody—obviously, it's intended referentially, making no effort to hide the similarity. To today's audience, "Candy Rain" might as well be ancient. But there are unexpected sparks when these two songs sit on top of one another, proving the timelessness of a good melody even wedded to a modern groove.
This is in sharp contrast to similar attempts to reuse music history that have cropped up in recent months: Omarion's hijack of Debarge's "I Like It," which dirties up the crown jewel of '80s R&B. Or the aforementioned "Kiss It" by Dev, which tediously reupholsters a nursery rhyme. Or most amusing of all, Ludacris' new single "Party Girls," which adopts, LOL, Aqua's "Barbie Girl." Handle history with care.