Before pressing play, my mind was prepared for the worst when it came to August Alsina’s decision to cover/recreate Ginuwine’s “So Anxious.” Understand that 100% Ginuwine will always hold a special place in my mind, a space occupied by memories of all the ass I begged my way into around the ’00s. We’re not talking Donnell Jones taking on Stevie’s “Knocks Me Off My Feet” level of untouchable greatness but, on a personal level, it did in fact feel like that due to my relationship with the original.
But Young August didn’t let me down. He stripped the sound down, slowed the pace and added his flourishes to make the track his. So, while it doesn’t top the original, there should be no complaints because Alsina managed to create a smoldering cover that can stand on its own.