Morris Day is calling it quits. As he prepares for the release of his final album Last Call, The Time’s iconic frontman remembers his heyday on his latest single “Use To Be The Playa” featuring Snoop Dogg. He may be out of the game, but he is happy to share his playbook with the next generation of wannabe playas.
Day proclaims that he's had a good run on "Use To Be The Playa," but now it's time to make room for someone else to go and get it. Not to worry, though, he is making sure these young cats are able to fill his white Stacy Adams by offering them his coaching services with an assist from Uncle Snoop whose verse kicks off the song.
“Yeah, little bro you could be coached / I'ma need you to take a few notes (sit down) / So I can give you some game (yeah) / Position your pimping player keep playing (play on) / You hear what I’m saying (what you saying) / When it comes to this, I got layers and layers and layers (yes) / Ladies, gentlemen, macks, pimps and players,” Snoop raps, calling the roll as Day opens the playbook.
Morris waxes nostalgic on the track, reminiscing about his wild ways and the good old days in the game. He boasts of his many escapades and conquests, chalking his success up to his ostentatious attitude, vernacular and good looks, of course. He ends the short course with the most important tip for his protégés: Your success is a direct result of how you play the game.
Produced by Moe Z. Starr, “Use To Be The Playa” features a rhythmic groove of guitar, bass and drums that stays true to Morris Day and The Time's signature sound. Sonically, it hits all the bases from Minneapolis to Long Beach and has us jamming as we listen on repeat.
While Morris may have retired his Stacy Adams, he is still C-O-O-L and it shows. Get ready to take notes as you listen to the OG run it down on “Use To Be The Playa.” If you need the long course, be sure to check out his memoir, On Time: A Princely Life Of Funk, for more about his life and times.
“Use To Be The Playa” is the follow-up to his 2021 single "Grown Man" featuring Big Daddy Kane. Before Morris Day hangs up his mic for good, both songs will be included on his forthcoming album, Last Call, which will be released on Friday, November 11th.