Last week my crew and I headed to the Salsa Festival on St. Claire’s in Toronto to take in the local ethnic flavor. I was sitting in the backseat with my new YouTube friend, KayLove, and listening to the beats from the front. I heard a song with a rhythm that was both hypnotic and soulful, and the singer’s scratchy voice was the perfect compliment. I asked about the song. “Best One” by Anderson Paak.
I can be a bit obsessive when I discover a song I like, and I’ll listen to it over and over and over and over and over and over. But the more I listened to the song, the more I hated myself for liking it. The words are a roadmap for a black woman’s romantic destruction. Carrying out such expectations will lead her a ruin.
It’s indoctrination wrapped in a catchy tune. Hypnotism by rhythm. Brainwashing through the beat.
That’s my, that’s my living
You telling me to stay till the morning
You know a nigga homeless
Your old school trophies
You used to work the small farm
Now you working corporate, dipping in the sportswear
My best one
My niggas said I’m on one
I never knew a love stronger
My heart is a great big boulder
I could leave it at the drop of a Fedora
But damn it girl I want you
I hope I never have to cut you off
Your my best one
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