I have a very eclectic taste in music. When I say eclectic I mean when I put my library on shuffle, I can go from playing a metal song to an 80s pop anthem in seconds. This music taste leads me to appreciate songs that others may not understand.
The greatest thing about the music world is the opportunity for artists to collaborate on songs together. This not only brings together the fans of all the collaborators, but it also brings us an amazing work of art that crosses the artist’s styles.
“All My Friends” is a collaboration between rapper Hoodie Allen and pop-punk band State Champs on the latest release from Hoodie “The Hype.” This song has been out for a little more than a week, and I’ve been absolutely obsessed with it ever since.
The song is a perfect mix of the two genres. It combines a hitting chorus with a classic pop-punk break down and clever rap verses so flawlessly, that you wouldn’t know it isn’t something that is made regularly. It follows an ABA format where State Champs sings and then Hoodie raps, but it all leads up to a hard hitting pop-punk break down that perfectly builds up and ends the song in true pop-punk fashion with a sick drum/guitar mash-up.
Not only is this song a genre-meshing work of art, it’s also an anthem. “All my friends think I’ve got money now and their girlfriends think that I’m funny now,” Derek from State Champs sings as the opening line of the song.
The lyrics of “All My Friends” paint the picture of someone who has become successful and deals with old “friends” suddenly coming back into their lives because of said success.
We all deal with losing and gaining new friendships. People grow apart, and you may realize that many of the people that left your life have done so for the better. You lose toxic friends so you can make room for great friends. This song is a perfect example of the toxic friends coming back into your life to reap the benefits of your success now that you’ve overcome the struggle.
Overall, “All My Friends” not only gives a sort of life lesson all wrapped up into three minutes and 18 seconds, but also provides a genre-bending banger that begs to be played at top volume through your speakers.
Tia Wilson for SUU News