Lil Tecca’s “Ransom” Song Review

Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and for my last song review, I reviewed Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts”, which I pointed out was a very popular song made by a formerly unknown artist (to most of the mainstream, at least). Well, it turns out that isn’t the only song that reached the Top 10 recently which happened to be made by a formerly unknown artist.

Meet Lil Tecca, an American rapper from Queens who has been blowing up from his hit song “Ransom“, which is becoming popular from its Lyrical Lemonade music video and his nerdy aesthetic (it’s not everyday you see a popular rapper with braces and glasses). But, I don’t think I should provide any more exposition. Let’s just get into this song and see what this new artist has for us!

I got black, I got white, what you want?
Hop outside a Ghost and hop up in a Phantom
I know I’m ’bout to blow, I ain’t dumb
They try to take my flow, I take they ass for ransom
I know that I’m gone
They see me blowin’ up, now they say they want some
I got two twin Glocks, turn you to a dancer
I see two twin opps, leave ’em on a banner
And I got two thick th*ts, wanna lick the gang, yeah

This is the chorus for the song, and I’m pretty sure it is the most popular part of the song, so I’m going to try to focus on it as a whole. There are a couple lines I want to point out in here: for one, I don’t think anyone is trying to take your flow. You’re a pretty new artist, and not many people knew you before this song, so if someone were to “take your flow”, it was probably unintentional. A line I did like, though, is the “I got two twin Glocks, turn you to a dancer” line, because while it is a bit simple, it adds some good imagery that goes along with the rest of the hook.

Now the rest of the lyrics on this chorus are pretty simple, so I’m assuming most of you are thinking I’m going to rip on it for its simplicity, but actually…I kind of dig it. Sure, this is pretty basic brag rapping, but the flow he uses for it is incredibly catchy, and his smooth, buttery voice fits extremely well over the smooth, bell-inspired instrumental. It almost reminds me of a song Lil Mosey would make if he had more stage presence and a personality (not to hate on Lil Mosey, but see my 2019 XXL Freshman Class RANKED if you want to hear more about that).

I got red, I got blue, what you want?

This is the first line of the verse, and I’m kind of confused by it. I’m guessing it’s about drugs or gang affiliations, maybe? Well, Lil Tecca verified and commented on some of the lyrics on genius.com, so let’s see what HE has to say about it.

“That’s just adding to the spectrum. That’s just showing black and white, red and blue. You feel me? They both two at the ends of each spectrum, red and blue at the end of each spectrum.”

…Okay, now I’m just MORE confused.

The Chanel or Balenciaga, Louis and Vuitton
She know I got the Fendi, Prada when I hit Milan

Bro, slow down on the clothing brands! Save some for the rest of the lines, dude.

I needed me a die or rider, I need me the one

Well if you want a “ride or die” girl, I’m just going to tell you now: those two “thick th*ts” you were talking about in the chorus probably aren’t going to help you, chief.

I want all the diamonds, I want that sh*t to weigh a ton

I know rappers like to flex very extravagantly, but do you really think a whole metric ton of diamonds will be useful?

The opps, they tryna line me ’cause they hate the place I’m from
But them n*ggas don’t know me, they just know the place I’m from

I’m not going to assume anything, but considering you have talked about illegal drug dealing and threat of assault in this song, I don’t think they’re trying to arrest you just because they hate the place you’re from.

Overall, I like this song, which I find a little surprising since I usually usually the biggest fan of this type of laid-back, melodic trap rap. And while I have been making fun of a lot of the lyrics in the verse, I think they work well in the same way the chorus works well: they have a catchy flow and fit the aesthetic of the song. Of course this song is not perfect; I have a couple nitpicks with it. The vocal layering, strangely enough, doesn’t feel as synced up in the verse as it is in the chorus, which is just an odd problem for a song to have. Also, it’s pretty short. I mean, there’s only ONE verse, then the chorus is repeated three times. This isn’t super bad, as the song being longer might make it boring. But still, I have to acknowledge this is a pretty basic song that doesn’t seem like it had an incredible amount of forethought put into it. Yet, after all is said and done, it’s an enjoyable listen that WILL get stuck in your head, and I think it is one of the better songs I’ve heard in from this spacey, melodic sub-genre of trap rap, so I’m going to give it a 3.5 out of 5. Do you agree?

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