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"Tough" - Quavo & LDR

 There's a strong argument for the Quavo-Lana single "Tough" to be crowned the coveted "SONG OF THE SUMMER." Do I think they hold a candle to "Espresso?" Uh no, but for me this is the song of the summer (no hate to Sabrina! It's-a me, Espresso!") 

Lana returns to the trap elements she's touched on in the past, and maybe this is the first time I've said trap in that context in the history of this blog. And Quavo goes a little bit country! Some people are complaining he ruins the song on the Lana subreddits but I have no issue with his part, even though I hate autotune 9/10 times. 

Here's the visualizer of the song. The actual video is a typical old school Lana video - meaning it's kind of over the top in the best way. She hasn't done something like this in a minute, unless you want to count "Chemtrails Over the Country Club."

Now honestly I was hooked on this song from the first snippets I heard back a few months ago, as both artists teased it on socials. I also heard Lana & Quavo play it at Fenway! But I think this song fell slightly short on my expectations.... but that being said I still love it and will overplay it in the next week. What would have helped it I think if it was a little longer? There's something I feel like is missing. However, it's still a really solid collab between two somewhat unexpected forces (it's not entirely true, as Lana has previously mentioned wanting to collaborate with Migos.) And that chorus! Chef's kiss.

2024 is truly a weird year. This election gives 2016; Lana's comeback makes me think of 2012, and possible bird flu issues on the horizon (and COVID resurgence) reminds me of 2020! Anyway, I am going to enjoy this song as the matrix continues to glitch. 


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