On this week's track, Lil Wayne and Solange display outstanding chemistry while expressing an uplifting message for their listeners. The neo-soul instrumental was produced by R8DIO, David Longstreth, Sir Dylan, Solange, and Raphael Saadiq. Additionally, the beat features crisp percussion and soothing piano sections layered over a subtle bass guitar. Altogether, the instrumental eases listeners into a relaxed state of mind as Lil Wayne and Solange try to get their message across.
In the song, Solange is expressing that its ok to be mad but wallowing in it will cause the anger to consume you. Therefore, Solange is encouraging herself to let the chip on her shoulder go so that she can move forward. This message resonates with African Americans, especially black women, who have to deal with the traumatic history of their people in the United States.
"You got the light, count it all joy / You got the right to be mad / But when you carry it alone you find it only getting in the way / They say you gotta let it go"
Also, Lil Wayne capitalizes on this message by sharing the personal struggles he faces but won't let interfere with his happiness.
"Are you mad 'cause the judge ain't give me more time? / And when I attempted suicide, I didn't die / I remember how mad I was on that day / Man, you gotta let it go before it get up in the way / Let it go, let it go."
Overall, Mad cleverly incorporates Lil Wayne and Solange's styles to create a brilliant song with a resounding message. The song's instrumental is very relaxing and compliments the picnic atmosphere perfectly.
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About The Curator - Mussie Fitsum
I am a student at the University of Maryland, College Park where I am studying Criminal Justice and Criminology with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. After college, I want to get my law degree and practice criminal law. I am also a big music lover that listens to r&b, hip-hop, rock, reggae, and pop. But, I am also trying to expand my taste in music as much as I can to appreciate the different amount of genres out there. I also started a music blog in August 2018; so if you like reading interesting takes on music and concert opinions, then give it a glance.
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