Step aside, Post Malone!
Kamaiyan – “How Does It Feel”
A part of her debut mixtape A Good Night in the Ghetto, “How Does It Feel” was released in 2016. Insinuating that living paycheck to paycheck isn’t the same as just living, the Oakland native posed two questions: “How does it feel to be rich?” and “How does it feel to just live?”
The rapper cautioned that wealth and fame are two different wishes before rapping “people change when they grow.”
Lil Uzi Vert – “The Way Life Goes”
Fans have Uzi to thank for braggadocious tracks like “Money Longer” and “Sauce It Up,” but that doesn’t mean he can’t give a solid message. Still slightly boastful, “The Way Life Goes” reminded listeners that break ups happen and that it’ll all be alright.
“I know it hurts sometimes but you’ll get over it/ You’ll find another life to live,” he says in the refrain.
In the most relatable way possible, he details how people often wish they had never met each other and regret the secrets they shared after a break up. He goes on to talk about finding a rebound “to hold the pain,” reminding listeners that break ups happen to everyone.
In a way only Uzi can, he not only normalized a painful experience but he also proved that a break up is nothing to wallow in. He told everyone that no matter who they just split with… they’ll “get over it.”
J. Cole – “Neighbors”
Based on J. Cole’s real life neighbors calling the police on him for allegedly selling drugs, this track proves that money doesn’t solve every problem or diminish stereotypes. In “Neighbors,” he details the downfalls of fame and the importance of having privacy before saying he bought a house “surrounded by the trees and Ivy League.”
While telling his experience with his brazen neighbors, he brought the message full circle by reminding listeners that injustice for one is injustice for all.
“Some things you can’t escape/ Death, taxes, NRA/ It’s this society that make/ Every n–ga feel like a candidate/ For a Trayvon kinda fate,” Cole raps.