MC’s Song Of The Week #26: “Rick and Morty” by LIL PHAG, Rico Nasty, & Dr. Woke

Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and for my 26th edition of Song Of The Week, I will be talking about “Rick and Morty” (not the show, the song) by LIL PHAG, Rico Nasty, & Dr. Woke.

As many of my avid followers know, I recently made a post called 2019 XXL Freshman Class RANKED–which I advise you all to check out because I spent WAY too much time on that (I could’ve been, like, volunteering at a homeless shelter or something, but I instead spent hours of time on that post…I’m digressing, though). To prepare for that post, I listened to the entire Apple Music discography of each artist, excluding features. For Rico Nasty, one of the artists featured on the 2019 XXL Freshman List, this is technically not a feature, as she is listed as a main artist, so I ended up listening to this song as “research”. What I thought was just going to be another song in Rico’s discography, however, turned out to be one of my favorite singles I have heard her on.

Now, as the title suggests, this song has a lot to do with the popular adult animation “Rick and Morty”, which follows the inappropriate misadventures of a young Morty and his mad scientist grandpa Rick. This cartoon has become one of the most popular adult animation shows around, so I guess it was only so long before a song was made about it. Enter, LIL PHAG (One of the reasons I’m happy blogging instead of posting video reviews: I don’t have to say his name out loud). LIL PHAG takes up the majority of this song, covering the hook and two verses. One of the biggest reasons I like this song is because of LIL PHAG’s lyrics. He is able to combine hip-hop tropes with references to the show without sounding cheesy. Just look at the hook: “I’m high and I’m drooling like Rick Sanchez/Got a lab in the garage that I’m hiding from the feds/Rick and Morty”. The way he combines these two elements is almost genius! And, he’s able to do it all throughout his verses, again, without sounding corny. Of course, me being a fan of the show helps my enjoyment of it, but there is stuff you can like about the song without connecting it to the show. Rico Nasty’s verse does not have many references to the show at all, but it still manages to be one of the best verses of the song, as her high-octane energy midway in the song keeps the track from becoming boring. Concerning Dr. Woke, his verse is very underwhelming and unnecessary, but his production work on here is fantastic. The airy bells mixed with the trap drums make for a real banger, and the beat switch when Rico’s verse starts gives the track so much more energy. Even if you don’t watch the show, I would recommend you give this track at least one listen.

Thank you for reading my 26th “Song Of The Week”!  If you liked this post, make sure to follow my website, Twitter, and Instagram, like this post, and be sure to check in soon for future content.  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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