Seriously, how much more can Sting come up off of that guitar loop from “Shape Of My Heart”? I doubt when he came up with those plucked notes for his now-classic song in 1993, he knew it would become such a go-to modern rapper/crooner sample from 2018-2020. The trend started by Juice Wrld on “Lucid Dreams” was continued by Yung Bleu on his track “You’re Mines Still” off his recent EP Love Scars: The Five Stages of Emotions. Luckily for Bleu, aka Bleu Vandross the 6 God himself, Drizzy Drake took notice of the tune and decided to hop on for a remix. Now Sting even has Drake singing over his guitar, which could only lead to another huge bag.
The track itself, lyrically by Bleu, is about an ex with which the relationship ended badly. In a somewhat thirsty attempt to get his girl he did wrong back, he attempts to entice her with what he perceives as an undying connection between the two of them. It is no wonder why this concept was intriguing for Drake. If anyone is the king of semi-toxic yet charming entitlement lyrics, it’s him. The two artists seamlessly blend over this r&b early 90’s pop/rock ballad reinterpretation.
Bleu sings on the chorus, “They say time heals. Don’t go build no life without me, ’cause you’re mines still.” He reasons with his former lover that their period of separation could have helped achieve a possible new future. Bleu holds claim to their chemistry and connection in a confident yet potentially destructive manner in a way that only Drake could one-up.
Drake’s first lines of his verse are, “Pretty face, pretty tempted. But pretty taught me ugly lessons.” Drake throws more shade than a willow tree, but does it in a way where you’d imagine the girl mentioned smirks at her level of power he’s hinted at. Drake somehow even one-ups himself with the most memorable lyrical sequence of the song later on as he sings, “I took you to the club and you hugged on somebody that I know, and I know them type of hugs. Same shit I do to women when I know I used to fuck. And I know they with they n***a, but they never brought it up.” Drake’s astute observation of distinct moments of universal problematic reality makes him separate himself from the pack. To use this song to get that into the world is not only great for Yung Bleu, but such a match made in toxic heaven overall.
The song will hopefully propel Yung Bleu as Drake’s stamp has with countless other artists. Bleu has been putting out great music over the last couple of years with his Bleu Vandross and Investments mixtapes, so it’s about time the wider world took notice.