Being a hero isn't easy. Most of the time, our feats of superhuman prowess go unrewarded, even unnoticed. Usually this isn't an issue: after all, we do what we do because of the people we are, not because we want a pat on the back for biting our tongue during a difficult exchange or a high five for getting to work on time every day. Sometimes a little recognition wouldn't go amiss though - there's the human aspect of being superhuman to consider, and humans like a little reassurance every now and then that we're not doing everything totally wrong.
Trophies captures this sentiment beautifully: we do what we do because we're supposed to, and there aren't any awards for it, no envelopes to open (except probably the utility bills which, as the heroes we are, are almost always paid on time), no trophies. We push ahead against all odds because that's what heroes do. We got into this game to make the personal worlds we inhabit a little less tough to bear, not because we just wanted the ceremony at the end.
What's great about this track is that sonically, it really captures that kind of emotion. The brass lead carries this really kind of understated victory fanfare feel (that's the first time I've ever used the word victory seriously, look at me go), and it conjures an image of a poorly-attended parade, y'know with some cheap balloons and someone half-heartedly throwing confetti. It plays to the theme Drake discusses wonderfully, that we don't do what we do to be rewarded, and you know how much I love it when the sound matches the lyrics (honestly, what's the fucking point of doing a song if you're not actually making the music relevant to what you're going on about. Just write a poem, it's easier). I promised you more from the world of hiphop, and I did not disappoint.
Have a brilliant week x
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About the curator - Matt Jenko
Matt Jenko is a university postgraduate and music producer with an unhealthy obsession with Rick & Morty and all things Game of Thrones. When he’s not in the studio (a rare occurrence these days), he’s fueling his passion for music either on the net or out in the real world. He likes being out in the nature (in the least strenuous capacity though, let’s be real here) and chilling with his cat, and he’s also pretty proud of his mammoth collection of books that he’s never read.