The song “a lot” was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2020, for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. The song was written as a reflection of 21 Savage’s experiences with the pain and suffering that come with fame, and J. Cole’s verse adds a layer of social commentary on issues such as racism, mass shootings, and immigration policies in the United States. The song has been praised for its introspective and thoughtful lyrics, as well as the emotional delivery from both artists.
About the Artists
Safaree Bin Siraj, known professionally as 21 Savage, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his aggressive style of rapping and his introspective lyrics. He has released three studio albums, including I Am > I Was (2018), which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
Jermaine Lamarr Cole, known professionally as J. Cole, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is known for his introspective lyrics and his socially conscious music. He has released five studio albums, including 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
About the Song
The rap song “a lot” by 21 Savage featuring J. Cole was released on December 21, 2018. The song features 21 Savage rapping about his struggles with fame and success, while J. Cole offers a poignant reflection on social issues and personal losses.
The music video for “a lot” was released on February 1, 2019, and was directed by Aisultan Seitov. The video features 21 Savage and J. Cole in a dimly lit room, surrounded by friends and family, reflecting on their lives and their place in the world. The video also features images of protest marches, political rallies, and scenes of everyday life.
The song and video received critical acclaim for its lyrical content and social commentary. It also became a commercial success, peaking at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and receiving a nomination for Best Rap Song at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.
One interesting fact about the song “a lot” is that the opening line, “I love you, turn my clock, I love you, turn my clock,” is a reference to a skit from the popular TV show Chappelle’s Show, where Dave Chappelle plays a character who is obsessed with a woman named “Charlene” and constantly repeats the phrase “I love you, Charlene” while turning his clock. The skit was a popular cultural reference among fans of the show, and 21 Savage used it as a clever way to open the song.