What the #### Did I Just Listen To?

I listen to music of all genres: Country, Rock, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Classical, etc. Today I heard a new genre: WT#DIJLT – a little acronym that can be defined by reading the title of this post.

Many songs today fit this genre, so today I am choosing the #1 Billboard Country song for this week. I am going to attempt to break it down for you, verse by verse, and see if I can figure out what it was that I just heard. Follow closely, we could easily get lost in this one…

“This is How We Roll” – Florida/Georgia Line (featuring Luke Bryan)

The mixtape’s got a little Hank, little Drake                                                              A little something bumping, thumb thumping on the wheel ride

 Ok, I know who Hank is, and I believe Drake is a hip-hop artist. Apparently these guys still listen to cassette tapes, and have one with a variety of music. They apparently also have hung on to the outdated concept of turning the bass all the way up on their car stereo (either that or they need a mechanic). Not sure what a “wheel ride” is.

The mix in our drink’s a little stronger than you think
So get a grip, take a sip of that feel right
The truck’s jacked up, flat bills flipped back
Yeah you can find us where the party’s at

 We can learn a lot from this verse. These guys drink girlie, fruity drinks with super strong vodka. Since they smell like Hawaiian punch, you can’t tell from the odor how strong they are. They have a tall truck, they have flat cap bills either flipped up or turned backward(?), and they end sentences with prepositions, indicating a lack of education. The strong insinuation of drunk driving seems to back up the lack of education.

This is how we roll
We hanging round singing out everything on the radio
We light it up with our hands up
This is how we roll
This is how we do
(This is how we do what?)
We’re burning down the night shooting bullets at the moon baby
This is how we roll

 From this chorus we can assume one thing for sure… This is how they roll.

Roll what? I do not know. At first I thought they might be making a veiled reference to rolling a joint, but they also seem to be referring to riding in a car. That, however, runs counter to the idea of lighting it up with their hands up, because that seems like a good way to start a fire in a car. But then again, who holds a joint up over their heads to light it? Since they claim to be burning down the night, we can assume they are doing something with fire, either way, as well as shooting some sort of firearm at a target more than 230,000 miles away. We have established they have little education though, so this is not surprising.

Yeah baby this is how we roll                                                                                           We rollin’ into town                                                                                                       With nothing else to do we take another lap around

 When I was a teen, this was known as “cruising”. I thought it was pretty lame when I was 17, and I find it sillier now. Of course, I had no idea this sort of thing still went on. If you had a JOB or a real girlfriend, you wouldn’t be this bored, pal.

Yeah holla at your boy if you need a ride
If you roll with me yeah you know we rollin’ high
Up on them 37 Nittos, windows tinted hard to see though

 An invitation, followed by a warning. At first, he seems to be warning his potential guest of the dangers of riding with an intoxicated driver, but then you see he is warning him that the vehicle is elevated, and has low visibility for the driver and passengers. It is no wonder he is forced to solicit for company, nobody wants to take a ride like that.

How fresh my baby is in the shotgun seat oh
Them kisses are for me though, automatic like a free throw
This life I live it might not be for you but it’s for me though
Let’s roll!

 His good-smelling girlfriend rides in the front seat, she is easy, he can apparently play a little basketball and gets fouled a lot, and he acknowledges his lifestyle may not be desirable to the listener, then invites them along anyway.

This is how we roll
We hanging round singing out everything on the radio
We light it up with our hands up
This is how we roll
This is how we do
When the world turns ugly I just turn and look at you baby
This is how we roll

 In the second chorus, we find out once again that this is how they roll, but we also are left wondering if he is blaming his girl for the world being ugly, or if he just likes to look at her when bad things happen.

[Luke Bryan:]
Yeah we’re proud to be young
We stick to our guns
We love who we love and we wanna have fun
Yeah we cuss on them Mondays
And pray on them Sundays
Pass it around and we dream about one day

 Professor Bryan brings a little common, teenage angst message to the song, reminds me a little bit of Cindi Lauper from the 80’s. Hey, chill out, we just wanna have some fun. He declares that prayer is a Sunday thing, forgetting prayer is a Monday thing, and doesn’t really cover the rest of the week, which I assume is for passing it around and dreaming about one day. What is he passing around, and does he really mean one (1) day, or does he mean “someday”?

This is how we roll
We hanging round singing out everything on the radio
We light it up with our hands up
This is how we roll
This is how we ride
We slingin’ up the mud, cuttin’ through the countryside baby
This is how we roll

Yeah this is how we roll
This is how we roll
This is how we do
We’re burning down the night shooting bullets at the moon baby
This is how we roll
Yeah this is how we roll

 Two more rousing choruses and we fade out. The part about “slingin’ through the mud” is a nice touch. It might be the only reason this whole song made it to the country charts. Hip-hop is cool, but maybe it should be left to the experts. This just comes out embarrassing.

I heard it all the way through, twice. One question just kept nagging at me the whole time:

WHAT THE #### DID I JUST LISTEN TO?

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2 thoughts on “What the #### Did I Just Listen To?”

  1. Before reading this excellent post, Ringo, if someone had told me that there’s a musical genre called “country/hip-hop” my knee-jerk response would have been, “Sure, an oxymoron is a musical genre.” Judging from your precise analysis my response would have been partially accurate. You certainly seemed to have nailed this song’s moron.

    1. LOL! Thanks for stopping by. I’m about to be in Alabama for 48 hours or so, and I’m sure I’m going to catch some static from some friends and family for saying something bad about the new state anthem!

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