Although small snippets of the song leaked online some time ago, the final cut of CL’s “Dr. Pepper” collaboration with Diplo, Riff Raff and OG Maco officially released on Friday and it’s pretty much as bad as those early cuts suggested it would be.
Ostensibly inspired by a Dr. Pepper that CL drank after she got stood up in the studio by Diplo or something, the song does indeed feature such hot fire like:
Put it on ice, bitch Dr. Pepper
Feeling so clean, it don’t get no fresher
Chillin’ in the freezer when I’m under pressure
I put it on ice bitch, Dr. Pepper
Now put that on repeat for about three minutes and you have most of the lines in “Dr. Pepper.” Even if the hook wasn’t complete garbage, the song still suffers from a beat that trudges along with all the urgency of a tricycle stuck in mud and verses that are more room-temperature rot than hot fire. A beat this slow and geared towards the ominous either needs a rapid fire delivery for contrast or a voice with enough theatrical flair to carry the lumbering thumps of the beat. “Dr. Pepper” has neither. Riff Raff and CL barely try to do anything with their respective verses. If there is a (barely) saving grace, it’s OG Maco who seems to understand that a beat like this needs to be aggressively tackled rather than ridden but even that’s not really worth writing home about. The entire thing is about as lifeless as CL’s first verse.
Can’t handle this volume
Can’t handle this
Can’t handle this song
But you going bounce to this shit
Bounce to this shit
Bounce to this shit
Put your thizz face on, lemme see you bounce to this shit
Shit, CL’s verses in 2NE1’s English version of “Can’t Nobody” are more well developed than this.
When this first leaked, it would have been understandable to assume that it was a rough cut of a more polished product but “Dr. Pepper” actually ends up being about as bad as I feared it would be when the infamous chorus first popped up online all those months ago.