Lil Dicky’s “Earth” Song Review

Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and I like Lil Dicky.  I think he has a lot of talent and potential.  His debut “Professional Rapper” album has plenty of hilarious moments, and I was even a fan of “Freaky Friday”, which most of the music-reviewing community hates.  But this new song, it’s…well, let me give you all some background first.

Lil Dicky is a new comedy rapper that hit the scene a few years ago.  He got started off making independent songs, but soon after released his first debut album.  Like I said, there were plenty of gems on that album, including “Pillow Talking”, “$ave Dat Money”, and many more.  His style of inappropriate humor does not appeal to all (while I try to keep it PG on this blog, those who know me in real life know my sense of humor can be beyond vulgar), but he also showed on that project his technical abilities were on par with many classic rappers.  This album gained him traction, but what blew him up was his single “Freaky Friday”.  Opinions on this song stay divided, but I thought it was a funny way to interpolate an old concept.  “Freaky Friday”, though, came out a while ago, and “Earth” is the newest thing he’s released since then.  Now, those who read my blog know that in my song reviews, I go through some of the lyrics and pick them apart to find the positives and negatives a song has to offer.  However, for this song, I’m going to have a hard time doing that because…well…

[Justin Bieber]
Hi, I’m a baboon
I’m like a man, just less advanced and my anus is huge

[Ariana Grande]
Hey, I’m a zebra
No one knows what I do, but I look pretty cool
Am I white or black?

[Zac Brown]
How’s it going? I’m a cow (Moo!)
You drink milk from my t*ts (Moo)

How am I supposed to react to these lyrics?!  It’s literally a bunch of celebrities acting like animals!

So, this song is an environmental-awareness track.  You know, about saving the Earth and what not.  I’ve shown before that I am a fan of when artists tackle unique topics, but on here, Lil Dicky’s execution is so horrible.  As can be seen above, the first half of this track is literally a bunch of celebrities acting like animals and trying to make jokes with it.  These jokes, though, are not funny…at all.  They’re the most surface level, observational jokes you can make about animals, leaving most of this track feel inanely predictable.  There were only a couple jokes I chuckled at upon first listen, and I still find them a little funny now after a few listens, but I definitely don’t laugh at them now.

This whole animal shtick only happens for the first few minutes, though.  After that, when we get into Lil Dicky’s verse.

I’m a man

So with all the other celebrities on this song being animals (and Kevin Hart as Kanye West), Lil Dicky takes on the role of “man”.

I hope it’s not a simulation (Huh)
Give each other names like Ahmed and Pedro

That…that just doesn’t rhyme.

And, yeah, we like to wear clothes, girls still look beautiful
And it covers up our human d*ck (Woo), eat a lot of tuna fish

Is that supposed to be funny?

But these days, it’s like we don’t know how to act
All these shootings, pollution, we under attack on ourselves

See, this is my other big problem with the song.  It wants to be funny, but Lil Dicky also wants you to take this song seriously.  In comedy, timing is everything, and this song doesn’t seem to know that because it switches from wanting you to take this song comically to seriously at the flip of a coin.

To make a comparison, Lil Dicky has another song called “Professional Rapper”.  On it, he plays the role of a rapper talking to an executive (Snoop Dogg) wanting to be given a chance and signed.  Throughout it, there are plenty of jokes about Lil Dicky and his rapping style, but the serious undertones of Lil Dicky wanting to be taken seriously do not affect the song’s hilarity.  This is a song that is both comedic and serious in different ways, and it does this successfully.  “Earth”, on the other hand, does not do this.

Like, let’s all just chill (Hey), respect what we built (Hey)
Like look at the internet! It’s cracking as hell
Fellas, don’t you love to c*m when you have sex? (Ayy)
And I heard women orgasms are better than a d*ck’s (Uh)

And with a song that has a message like this, there needs to be some solution involved, right?  Well, Lil Dicky’s solution is apparently to just “chill out”.  Why?  Because the world is awesome, specifically because we have sex and the internet.  Imagine if aliens were to come to Earth and this song was the first thing they found.  They would probably see us as pointless beings and blow us up immediately.

Overall, this song is…something else, man.  The production is something I actually like on it.  It’s crisp, clean, and fits the Earth-y themes of the song.  The rest of it, though, is just a huge mess.  It doesn’t work as a joke song because almost none of it is funny, and it doesn’t work as a serious song because it still wants you to think it’s funny.  I find this track hard to rate as a song because it doesn’t feel like a song.  It feels like a corporate event.  I mean, they have all of these celebrities on it, but the celebrities are used so poorly, it’s…hard to explain.  There’s so much star-power behind this, but it is absolutely ruined.  Now, I can’t say this song is as bad as some of the other stuff I’ve reviewed because I don’t feel as strongly about it as some of my 1/5’s and 1.5/5’s.  I think I’m going to have to give this track a 2 out of 5.  Do you agree?

Thank you for reading my “Earth” song review. If you liked this review, make sure to follow my website, Twitter, and Instagram, like this post, and be sure to check in to read my future reviews. Also, if you have something you want to see me review, tell me in the comments. Until then, keep on listening to good music! I know I will.

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