Because so much music is being made, it is not possible for anyone to keep up with all the songs that are out there. So whether you’re planning to listen to recently released charts, or want to consume an artistic piece of music that hasn’t been on your radar, Varun Krishan’s weekly column has you covered.
What the world is listening to
Butter by BTS
“Butter” is the second English-language single by South Korean band BTS. The song has everything for a summer national anthem. The track is fun and enhanced by the rap intersection. In part, Jin and Jimin sing, “Oh, when I look in the mirror/I’ll melt your heart in two/I got that superstar glow.” The song is rousing and the beat does justice to the atmosphere that the artists create. “Butter” tops the Billboard charts and is still trending at the #2 spot on YouTube two weeks after its release. You should definitely give this one a listen.
pride. is. the . devil by J. Cole feat. Little baby’
“pride. is. the . devil” is part of J Cole’s latest album The Off-Season. In the song, J. Cole talks about one of the seven deadly sins. The song sets the mood with the moody hook and evenly lit vocals. In part, the performer sings, “Pride is the reason for the family dichotomy / Have uncles and some aunts too proud to apologize.” J Cole’s verse is perfectly expressed, and every word he raps seems to come straight from the heart. The hook is one of the best parts of the song. It’s soothing and catchy to the core with slight melancholic vibes. I found myself humming to the hook of the song many times after listening to it. I would recommend that you watch the album The Off-Season in its entirety. The album is a masterpiece.
Bantai Ki Public by Emiway (Prod By Meme Machine)
“Bantai Ki Public” is Emiway’s tribute to his fans. While the verses talk about Emiway’s journey and his current position in the industry, the hook is all about Emiway standing up for his fans, whom he calls “Bantai ki Public”. The hook is energetic and Emiway delivers it with absolute precision. Emiway delivers the first verse in Hindi and the second verse in English. You can listen to this song this week.
What am I listening to?
Gnat by Eminem
“Gnat” is part of Eminem’s 2020 album Music to Be Murdered By: B Side. Eminem touches on several issues on the track, including COVID-19 and his issues with Machine Gun Kelly. The song has extremely well-composed metaphors and puns, even by Eminem standards. It has a great beat that goes well with Eminem’s delivery. Eminem uses a neutral tone, but drops some silly references and metaphors. He compares his lyrical ability to the ongoing global pandemic caused by Covid-19. In one part, the artist uses the phrase “from the bat,” which is a genius use of puns. First, “from the start” is an idiom used to depict how fast a process is. In another sense, “from the bat” also refers to the origins of Covid-19. Eminem starts the song by rapping about his dominance in the rap game. In one of the best parts of the song, Eminem sings, “Ain’t nothin’ you say can ever Trump (Nah)/mic, pencil get killed.” The rule suggests that no one can tell him anything that can “trump” his musical skills. The line is a clever use of puns, as Eminem also refers to the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump.
Eminem also mentions Mike Pence, the 48th vice president of the US, and says that pen and paper are his weapon of choice. “Gnat” has great vocals, delivery, punchlines and puns. The song is perfect in what it’s trying to accomplish and should definitely be on your playlist.
What the world should listen to
Hello by Lionel Richie
“Hello” is pure magic. It shows off soothing vocals and a heavenly beat that are sure to leave you feeling. The song was released in 1984 and reached number one on three Billboard charts. These include the pop chart, the R&B chart, and the adult contemporary chart
The lyrics of the song are simple yet so recognizable and the delivery is out of this world which is complimented by the music which takes the song to the next level. The artist begins to sin: “I’ve been alone with you in my thoughts and in my dreams I’ve kissed your lips a thousand times / Sometimes I see you pass outside my door.” The delivery is so special that every time I hear the track I get goosebumps. In part, the performer sings, “Hello, I just need to let you know / Because I wonder where you are / And I wonder what you’re doing / Are you feeling lonely somewhere / Or does someone love you? / Tell how to win your heart/because i have no idea/but let me start by saying/i love you.
“Hello” is indeed a timeless classic.