"Timmy, Timmy Turner, he be wishin' for a burner..." If you're like the 3.8 million others who watched Desiigner's XXL Freshman 2016 freestyle, chances are you've done one (or all) of the following:
A. Stay up to date with the very entertaining entries in the ongoing "Timmy Turner Challenge"
B. Looked up Genius to search for what the hell he mumbles after "kill everybody walking..."
C. Hit repeat, again and again and again
Clearly, Desiigner's freestyle has the people going and the buzz will only continue, especially since it was recently revealed that an official version of the track is in the works featuring vocals from Travis Scott and production from Mike Dean.
desiigner will be releasing timmy turner (his xxl freestyle) soon!!!— #1 young thug fan (@wtfnst) June 29, 2016
snippet here is fire
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This jump from skeletal freestyle to fleshed-out song led us down memory lane to rediscover a few other tracks in the past that went through similar transformations. So cue Desiigner's Call of Duty: Black Ops-like ad-libs (GEH GEH GEH... GRAAAAAA) and take a look back at the similar freestyle-turned-song transitions below.
Bobby Shmurda's "Hot Nigga"
Released: March 2014
A freestyle over Lloyd Banks' forgotten "Jackpot" turned into a white-hot streetsweeper, as Bobby Shmurda went from a Vine-star to Billboard certified hitmaker.
T-Wayne's "Nasty Freestyle"
Released: March 2015
Texas native T-Wayne uploaded "Nasty Freestyle" as an audio track back in March 2015 and a month later, after dropping the music video, it exploded via Vine, thanks to the opening line: "First, let me hop out the motherfucking Porsche." The song peaked to No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned the rapper a deal with 300 Entertainment.
Kodak Black's "Lockjaw"
Released: February 2016
French Montana and Kodak Black's "Lockjaw" is unquestionably an infectious summer 16 tune. According to Kodak, the most irresistible part of the song started off as freestyle. The song's hook is originally the first four bars of another song that Kodak was working on. "That song, we made it weird. It wasn’t all at one time. The hook wasn’t supposed to be the hook really," he said. "Then [French] was like, "Oh we can just keep repeating it"… and then we made the hook."
Kanye West's "Bittersweet Poetry"
Originally debuted during a very special episode of Def Poetry Jam, Kanye gave the world "Bittersweet" — a poignant poem that paired lines like "I'mma be the bigger man" with "Big pimpin' like Jigga man." What started as a poetry jam standout turned into a highlight on Graduation as a bonus cut featuring Keyshia Cole and John Mayer.
Big Sean's "My Last"
Big Sean's "My Last" was the first single from his debut album, Finally Famous. But years prior, he originally performed a verse from what eventually became the hit single during a rap session for Kanye, Common and fellow G.O.O.D. Music signees (Mr. Hudson, Kid Cudi). To date, the song has been certified gold by the RIAA for sales over 500,000.
Jay Z's "Dear Summer"
In 2005, Jay Z delivered a much-talked about freestyle over Black Rob's "Can I Live" on Hot 97. Months later, the song turned into "Dear Summer," a standout on Memphis Bleek's 534 album. Going from skeletal freestyle to fleshed out song, the song utilized a sample of Weldon Irvine's "Morning Sunrise" and gave the world Jay's first post-retirement song. "A couple of words and like Peaches & Herbs, we'll be reunited and it feels so good." Enough said.