One of the few upsides to the quarantine lifestyle has been the development of new music from various artists across a diverse set of genres. On the hip-hip scene, artists like Drake have not allowed coronavirus to stop their production of quality tracks, as the Toronto-born rap star released a 14-track mixtape—Dark Lane Demo Tapes—last Friday. More recently, Chris Brown linked up with Young Thug and dropped a 12-track collaboration project Slime & B, released on Chris Brown’s birthday.
Another collaborative effort came from G-Eazy and Jack Harlow, and the two teamed up for the first time to deliver “Moana,” with a quarantined-themed music video. Produced by Zaytoven, the upbeat and entertaining track portrays the lavish lifestyle of G-Eazy and Harlow, who are notorious for their braggadocios bars about drugs and women.
Jack Harlow opens the song with a catchy chorus, as the Kentucky native wastes no time setting the vibe (annotations via Genius.com):
“I don’t wanna hear about no drama
The check ain’t right if it ain’t no commas
Know she been saying that she’s faithful to you
But she been lying like Osama (Like Osama)
I miss Obama (I do)
I went to Drama’s, he got his own sauna
Better come get her, ’cause your ho on us
Got a bitch from Samoa, look like Moana
Smoking on marijuana
Go ahead and roll one up
I got a whole squad, got a whole lineup
Oh, you tryna put a show on, huh?”
G-Eazy takes on the first verse, referencing his ex-girlfriend Lana Del Ray in his opening rhyme:
“Here I go, na, na
I know a Keisha and I know Lana
They try to get me back, but I’m like, “No, nah, nah”
I’m sorry, I don’t want no drama, nah”
In typical G-Eazy fashion, the Oakland native goes on to brag about his big house, fast car, and his elite sex life, which is “so good she wanna pay me for it.”
Featured on YG’s “FDT Part 2” with Macklemore, G-Eazy definitely isn’t the biggest fan of the current president, so the humorous “I miss Obama” line in the chorus was probably written by Eazy. No matter who wrote the line, G-Eazy and Harlow are most likely not the only two Americans who miss the former president, especially during the COVID-19 era.
Fresh off his commercially successful single “What’s Poppin’,” Jack Harlow takes charge of the chorus and second verse of “Moana”. Directed by Cole Bennett, Jack Harlow’s “What’s Poppin'” music video was released through Lyrical Lemonade and has gained 42 million views in just three months.
Even celebrities like OBJ have been bumping Jack Harlow, so how could the 22-year-old out of Louisville continue to rise to the top of Billboard charts?
By teaming up with G-Eazy, Harlow expands his fanbase and delivers bars throughout his verse:
“Oh, you tryna put a show on?
Sipping on CÎROC got me so gone
And her best friend bad too
Told me don’t mess with her like the Zohan (Wait, wait)”
Perhaps the most entertaining part of the new single is the music video, which deploys a coronavirus pandemic theme—containing Tik Toks, FaceTimes, and Instagram Live sessions. Produced by wølvesOnly, the video has attracted over 2.5 million views in just eight days and features Diddy, Blake Griffin, Marshawn Lynch, YG, Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx, Ty Dolla $ign, among other celebrities.