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Hear Us Out: Jennifer Hudson’s “MR. DJ” From ‘Sandy Wexler’ Could Be The Song Of The Summer

Adam Sandler’s third Netflix Original movie, Sandy Wexler, dropped one week ago today. Not surprisingly, critics have been very harsh to the Sandman’s latest offering —as of today, the film is sitting with a 29% Rotten Tomatoes rating— but don’t let a few cranky critics stop you from streaming this tale of a lovably misguided Hollywood talent manager. (Netflix isn’t sweating the poor reviews, either; they revealed earlier this week that Netflix subscribers have streamed over 500 million hours worth of Sandler comedies since The Ridiculous 6 premiered in December of 2015.)

Sandy Wexler, which is an homage to Sandler’s real-life manager Sandy Wernick, is set in the early to mid-1990s. Wexler (Sandler), the self-proclaimed “King Of Hollywood,” is happily (and haplessly) stuck managing an assortment of D-list showbiz misfits, like Nick Swardson’s daredevil trapeze artist and Kevin James’ ventriloquist, until he stumbles upon a gifted singer named Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson) performing corny songs at an amusement park. Wexler takes Clarke under his wing, and eventually stumbles his way into a recording contract with Capitol Records.

Hudson, as we all know, is blessed with a once-in-a-generation voice, a voice that somehow wasn’t good enough for American Idol voters but one that bowled everyone over in Dreamgirls, earning her an Oscar. She’s also two time Grammy winner, but to date, she’s never really had a crossover Hot 100 smash; her highest charting single to date is 2008’s “Spotlight,” which hit #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts but stalled out at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. In Sandy Wexler, though, she teams up with Babyface (“He has a very childlike face, that’s true”) and Ma$e on a track called “MR. DJ,” a supremely catchy piece of bubblegum pop that, dare we say it, could have 2017 Song of the Summer potential.

“MR. DJ,” which was co-written by Babyface and Ma$e, has an effervescent throwback sound, evoking some vintage Mariah Carey circa Heartbreaker vibes. That’s not to say it feels dated, though; timeless is probably a more accurate description. Sure, it’s been a hot minute since we’ve last heard Ma$e spitting bars, but his distinctive flow is perfectly suited to this song’s aural aesthetics. Lyrically, it’s got the kind of addictive chorus that you’ll be singing out loud by the conclusion of the second verse, and it goes without saying that Miss J Hud can straight up BELT. In other words, it’s got all the ingredients for chart success.

(Or, as Colin Quinn’s character puts it, “It’s like Emmylou Harris if she was raised in Neil Young’s tour van doing blow with Iggy Pop and Etta James in the Mississippi bayou.”)

So, what’s the deal with the song? Netflix has released “MR. DJ” on their official YouTube channel —81,000 views and counting— but no copy of the song can currently be found for purchase on sites like iTunes or Amazon, nor on streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music or (gasp!) Tidal. Decider reached out to a Netflix for comment their plans to officially release the song, but we’ve yet to hear back. Netflix doesn’t place much value on releasing films theatrically, but fingers crossed the powers that be over there recognize that they could have a big pop hit on their hands if they put this song out in the universe in a way that people can consume it across platforms. If they do, there’s a good chance you’ll hear “MR. DJ” bumping out of car windows and at on repeat at picnics all summer long.

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