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Afro B Breaks Down “Drogba (Joanna)” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified

Afro B’s ‘Drogba (Joanna)’ has found a strong audience with more than 41 million YouTube views to date. It is produced by Team Salut and appears on Afrowave 2. On the track, Afro B sings about a beautiful woman who catches everyone’s attention.
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Lil Nas X Breaks Down “Old Town Road” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ has risen to prominence after the song went viral on TikTok and now has more than 78 million Spotify streams to date. The single is produced by YoungKio, Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor. On the track, Lil Nas X raps about starting on the road to fame and fortune with only the bare minimum.
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YBN Almighty Jay Breaks Down “Let Me Breathe” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified

YBN Almighty Jay’s ‘Let Me Breathe’ has found a strong audience with nearly 5 million YouTube views to date. Released after he was attacked in New York City, YBN Almighty Jay raps about being hounded by the press and fans who only focus on the negative.
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Roddy Ricch Breaks Down “Die Young” Lyrics On Genius’ Series ‘Verified’

Compton rapper Roddy Ricch mixes a heavy Southern influence with West Coast street narratives. His breakthrough single ‘Die Young’ is a tribute to the late XXXTentacion and features production from London On Da Track and Rex Kudo. It has racked up over 8 million YouTube views to date and describes Ricch’s fear of being gunned down at his young age.
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Ella Mai Breaks Down “Trip” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified

Following the success of her breakthrough hit ‘Boo’d Up,’ British singer-songwriter Ella Mai released ‘Trip’ in early August 2018. The piano-driven track, which is produced by ​Keys and DJ Mustard, serves as the second single from her self-titled debut album and has a current peak of No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 with over 35 million Spotify streams in two months. The song expresses regret for overthinking in a relationship.
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Flipp Dinero Breaks Down “Leave Me Alone” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified

Brooklyn rapper Flipp Dinero’s career reached new heights in late 2017 after he recruited G Herbo for ‘Time Goes Down (Remix).’ His March single ‘Leave Me Alone’ received even more attention, thanks to co-signs from NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Drake. The GuaLa See GuaLa track, which is produced by Young Forever Beats and Cast Beats, earned a placement on the NBA Live 19 soundtrack and has collected 16 million Spotify streams to date. Yesterday (8.28.18), Dinero signed a contract with DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music, Cinematic Music Group, and Epic Records.
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A$AP Rocky Breaks Down “Praise The Lord (Da Shine)” Lyrics & Meaning On Verified

After a prolonged rollout, Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky released his third studio album TESTING last week. One of the standouts songs is ‘Praise the Lord (Da Shine),’ featuring a guest verse and production by London MC Skepta. In less than three days, the chest thumping track earned over 62,000 pageviews on Genius and 4.2 million Spotify streams.
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Rae Sremmurd Breaks Down “Powerglide” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified

Rae Sremmurd made an ambitious statement with their third studio album, the triple-disc SR3MM. The most popular single released in anticipation of the LP was ‘Powerglide,’ which peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100. Produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, J. Hovart, and Mally Mall, it features Juicy J and is built around a sample and interpolation of Three 6 Mafia’s 2005 song ‘Side 2 Side’ featuring Project Pat and Kanye West. To break down the lyrics, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi sat down with Genius.
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Nicky Jam Breaks Down “X” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified

Nicky Jam first ignited his reggaeton career in the early aughts, gaining recognition for his features on Daddy Yankee songs like “Entre Sábanas Blancas” and “Guayando.” Unfortunately, Jam’s music career was put on hold after developing addiction issues. But he’s successfully returned to the spotlight over the past few years, releasing Fénix in 2017—his first full-length album in a decade.

“X” is Jam’s latest hit with his frequent collaborator and close friend J Balvin. Since sharing the official video for “X” earlier this month, it’s raked in over 300 million YouTube streams and landed on the Billboard charts.

Produced by Afro Bros and Jeon, the dance track fuses Caribbean genres with hip-hop. Jam tells Genius that Balvin approached him with “X,” and that the song is about trying to pursue women while having a player reputation. Continue reading “Nicky Jam Breaks Down “X” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified”

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Blac Youngsta Breaks Down “Booty” Lyrics & Meaning on #Verified

Blac Youngsta has built a fanbase over the years with a slew of mixtapes and collaborations, including ‘Heavy’ with Yo Gotti and Travi$ Scott’s ‘Coordinate.’ Born Samuel Benson, the Memphis-based rapper first ignited his career in 2015 after signing to Gotti’s CMG label.

While tracks like ‘Tissue’ have raked in millions of YouTube views, the Memphis rapper recently crossed over into mainstream success with ‘Booty.’ Produced by Beatmonster Marc and Yung Lan, ‘Booty’ originally appeared on his 2017 mixtape I’m Innocent.

The twerking anthem was re-released this past February as a track on his debut studio album 2.23, and received a raunchy and comical dance video that helped grow its popularity. While ‘Booty’ recently debuted at No. 81 on the Billboard Hot 100, Youngsta tells Genius that not everyone was initially convinced that it was a hit. Continue reading “Blac Youngsta Breaks Down “Booty” Lyrics & Meaning on #Verified”

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BlocBoy JB Breaks Down “Look Alive” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified

It’s been a successful week for BlocBoy JB, who just earned his first charting hit with ‘Look Alive’ featuring Drake. The song debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, making the Memphis rapper the first artist in 2018 to earn a Hot 100 debut in the Top 10. Continue reading “BlocBoy JB Breaks Down “Look Alive” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified”

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Derez De’Shon Breaks Down “Hardaway” Lyrics & Meaning on Verified

Derez De’Shon began his career as a frequent collaborator with the late Slim Dunkin, releasing songs such ‘Just Another Day’ under the former monikers D-Bo and D Dash Bo. The loss of his friend prompted him to take a break from music and he returned last August with his 18-track project Pain. As the latest addition to the Cash Money label, Derez showcases his solo abilities on breakout single ‘Hardaway,’ which describes his life before he gained music fame.
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