Hayes DuJardin – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Music is obviously an integral part of any society, as it influences much of an area’s culture. I tasked myself with assembling the definitive 10-song playlist of LRHS’s top hits. I assembled the list by using social media to ask several hundred students across campus what their current favorite song is and putting the (admittedly unofficial) top 10 most frequent answers in order.
#3 – #1
- “a lot” by 21 Savage ft. J Cole – This intro track to 21 Savage’s recent album “i am>I was” has been by far the best received track. It features 21 speaking on his past and current problems, from lifestyle choices to relationship troubles.
After the infectious hook, which makes the term “a lot” the final words of each bar, J Cole delivers a verse on the fallacies he sees within the music industry, even breaking the 4th wall so to speak and addressing 21 Savage’s mannerisms within the studio.
The track is catchy, but also maintains a layer of honesty, making it very telling of the album to come from 21. These qualities gained it the #3 spot on Lakewood’s playlist.
- “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes – In what may be the most confusing entry on this list, “Mo Bamba” takes the number two spot. A breakout smash hit that swept the nation, this song was never intended to be anything huge.
Producers 16yrold and Take a Day Trip collaborated on the beat, which features not much more than a simple melody and drum pattern. They sent it to Sheck Wes, who went to the studio and recorded the entire song in one take and was done. 16yrold then released it on his Soundcloud with no hype, no promotion, and no expectations. After almost a year of being out, it suddenly caught on, being played at parties and large events across the nation.
The simple, anthemic hook that persists through the first half is easy to learn and hard to forget. The song catapulted Harlem rapper Sheck Wes to superstardom, and he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon.
- “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott ft. Drake and Swae Lee – How could this song have failed? Two of the hottest artists in music right now coming together, doing exactly what they do best. With Travis’s album “Astroworld” not having any features listed, the immediate open onto Drake’s voice came as a shock to listeners, and the many beat changes kept them engaged.
Travis raps about nothing out of the ordinary, from his jewelry, to his money, to his Houston origins. The song then transitions to Swae Lee, who sings only one line on repeat: “someone said.” The beat then abruptly changes, allowing Drake to rap about how his life has changed since high school, brands he likes, and even shouting out Sheck Wes.
He then passes the verse to Travis to close the song out. It was a formula that wasn’t familiar but could never have done anything less than skyrocket to the top. This song was by far the number one song and won’t forfeit that spot for a good while.