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WVAU’s #5 SOTY: Bad and Boujee by Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert

Miguel Wilson

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In this day and age, the margin for a song‰’s success is very small. Social media today makes it easier than ever for a song to fall out of the public‰’s eye. That is, unless you are one of the lucky few that stick to the wall of prosperity. Migos‰’ “Bad and Boujee‰” did just that. With the infamous “classy lady eating ramen noodles‰” as their album cover, how could they not?

It was virtually impossible to not hear this song whilst scrolling through Instagram this year. “Bad and Boujee‰” served as the background music for countless posts made by well known ‰Gram celebrities‰’. The phrase “Raindrop, drop top‰” became a meme in and of itself.

An overarching theme in this theme is the intersecting themes of class and money. As seen in the beginning of the song, stated by Offset:

“You know so we ain’t really never had no old money

We got a whole lotta new money though, hah.”

Interestingly, this does open up the doors to an intriguing discussion. In modern society, being bad is good; it means you are enviable. In 2017, the line of ratchet and boujee is more blurred than ever. What used to be world‰’s apart, in many cases today, is closer than ever. In fact, for many, the term “boujee‰” has evolved away from it‰’s previous negative connotation. What used to be conceived as stuck up is now seen as someone that keeps up with fashion trends.

It‰’s easy to argue the stance that mainstream rap has been stagnant as far as creativity goes in recent history. I step up to the plate with a different view. I mean take a deeper look at the words of this song. On the surface are they deep? No, not really, but they do have a different, distinct edge of wittiness that cannot be put out lackadaisically. Personally, I could never come up with half the verses they have here in this song. It‰’s time to embrace the bad and boujee in all of us!

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