After a massive commercial success of ‘Old Town Road’, Lil Nas X is back with another track ‘Panini’. The new track ‘Panini’ is a highly anticipated song because of the popularity of ‘Old Town Road’. This track is a manifestation of the new musical direction of Lil Nas X. Let’s review the lyrics of Panini by Lil Nas X.
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According to Genius Lyrics, Lil Nas talks about his old fanbase and compares them to Panini, a character from the popular TV Series Chowder in the song Panini. Let’s review the lyrics of Panini and see what this song has to offer us.
Panini Lyrics Review
Ayy, Panini, don’t you be a meanie
Thought you wanted me to go up
Why you tryna keep me teeny? I
It’s a dream, he wished it on a genie
I got fans finally, ain’t you wanting them to see me?
To me, it seems as if Lil Nas X is getting personal here. The rapper is feeling betrayed after a person who he knows on a personal level isn’t happy with his new life with a lot of attention and fame. However, he had always believed the person by his side would be happy on his success, which seems to have come off as a surprise to him since his expectations didn’t quite meet the reality.
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I thought you want this for my life, for my life
Said you wanted to see me thrive, you lied
Lil Nas X had thought his success was what his significant other desired. But all of those words turned out to be something that was made up for his attention for a short period of time.
Just say to me what you want from me
Just say to me what you want from me
The rapper is tired of all the drama following the situation. He wants a clear explanation and facts about the situation.
Now they need me, number one on streaming
Oh yeah, you used to love me
So what happened, what’s the meaning?
It’s no secret, Lil Nas X is popular than ever. His famous country trap song has been on Billboard number one for eleven weeks till the date. His song has been streamed everywhere all the time. He only wishes to grow even bigger. However, the people around him have turned against him after he gained status and fame.
Now when it’s all done, I get the upper hand
I need a big Benz, not another fan
But I still want you as a fan
I’ma need to sit down, don’t mean to make demands
But I need you to…
The rapper is tired of losing his fans. So in the third verse, he comes right to the point. He wants people around him to stay as long as they are supportive and good for his mental health. But if they try to make him do the things he does not want to do, then he will let them leave him.
After listening to the track, it’s evident that Lil Nas X made the song short so as to increase the streams. The song is only a minute and fifty-four seconds long. There is not a lot going on in terms of length and structure. But the brevity of the song isn’t really a huge hindrance to the enjoyment of it in my view.
For me, the song obviously did not ranch into the country music style that Lil Nas X got his fame from. ‘Panini’ is a little bit of a weird mix of Travis Scott and Drake. Some of the vocal lines and the synth lines on this track are definitely what you can find on a Travis Scott song. This song is just a current trend of rappers singing a song instead of rapping a song.
I think the vocal line in the hook is relatively sweet. There is a weird kind of to do about Kurt Cobain from Nirvana getting a songwriter credit on this song because of how similar it is in part to the vocal melody on the hook of Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’. It might have been done to create a little bit of the internet’s buzz.
For me, the similarity isn’t that deep. The two melodies map over onto each other for maybe a few notes. Lil Nas X’s chorus doesn’t last even half as long as that of the original Nirvana song.
Thematically, the song seems to be about Lil Nas X being disappointed in some fans who as a result of his fame and his growth on popularity have switched up on. His original fans aren’t into him anymore. But the song doesn’t go into the theme deeply. Some of his fans have switched up as a result of the way he’s exploded and he is not happy about it.
I think the sound, production and relatively scant structure are all decent on this track. I think Lil Nas X’s performance on ‘Panini’ is decent as well. It’s cool that he came through with a topical song. The only underwhelming factor of the song to me is the fact that stylistically, it feels very derivative. It doesn’t stand out to me in terms of aesthetics.
It is not really surprising considering where Lil Nas X came from. He is still a young artist who magically blew up from a single song. The popularity did not come off from his album where he defines his sound to relatively stand out from every other album out there. As cool and as unique that little country trap song ‘Old Town Road‘ single is, in a way it is partially a novelty song for him.
Lil Nas X is most likely to dip back into his country trap originality. If it wasn’t for ‘Old Town Road’, he was never going to come out with an album with a defining sound of his own. He is eventually going to transition into something I think most people generally will take seriously. I think the songs like Panini are opening doors for that.
Again, is this song unique and has a different sound to it? Definitely not! But as far as the progression of Lil Nas X’s career goes, it’s evident that the marketing of his music and himself have caused him to come out with a short, straightforward and catchy song.
I give ‘Panini’ by Lil Nas X a decent 06/10 in the Lyrics Review category. The song is just decent. I’m not blown away by it.
If you’ve completed reading the lyrics review of Panini above, Read “Panini” by Lil Nas X on Genius.
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