News: Genius Shares ‘2017: The Year in Lyrics Collection’ Featuring Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Frank Ocean & More (billboard)

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Kendrick Lamar performs on the Coachella Stage during day 3 (Weekend 2) of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 23, 2017 in Indio, Calif.


Genius is known best as the Internet’s largest source for verified song lyrics, and the brand decided to make some of the year’s most popular lyrics tangible with its new 2017: The Year in Lyrics Collection. The clothing line features five items ranging from long-sleeved tees, short-sleeve tees, hoodies and sweatshirts.

The artists highlights are Kendrick LamarCalvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean and MigosLuis Fonsi & Daddy YankeeLil Uzi Vert and SZA.

A long-sleeve black tee features lyrics from SZA’s “The Weekend”: “You’re like 9 to 5, I’m the weekend / Make him lose his mind every weekend / You take Wednesday, Thursday / Then just send him my way / Think I got it covered for the weekend.” On the sleeve, “nine to five” is written continuously in blue lettering. On the back is a 2018 calendar in pink with full moon dates circled in blue and weekends sized bigger than weekdays.

SZA is the most nominated woman for the 60th annual Grammys on Jan. 28 with five nods, including best R&B performance for “The Weekend.”

Other designs are more abstract if you don’t do your research. For example, Lil Uzi’s “XO TOUR Llif3” (specifically the verses “Push me to the edge / All my friends are dead”) is honored with a black hoodie featuring a huge $100 bill on the back. Well, sort of a $100 bill — it’s got the “100,” Benjamin Franklin with his eyes crossed out and a grave. This choice in design makes sense when you know that Uzi’s producer, TM88, told Genius that “all my friends are dead” is referring to “dead presidents” — slang for money.


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“Slide” by Calvin Harris (featuring Frank Ocean and Migos) got some love for Ocean’s intro verses “I might / Empty my bank account / And buy that boy with a pipe.” “Boy with a Pipe” is a Pablo Picasso painting, which is shown on the front of Genius’ white tee shirt commemorating the song.

There were plenty of Kendrick hits for Genius to choose from, as the Compton rapper is up for seven Grammys, but ultimately “HUMBLE.” was the choice for the collection. The featured lyrics are, “My left stroke just went viral / Right stroke put lil baby in a spiral.” In the song’s video, Lamar is swinging a golf club when he delivers these lines, but it’s been hypothesized by Genius users that Lamar is actually referring to the strokes of his pen when he writes songs.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a collection about music in 2017 without an ode to “Despacito.” The remix of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber is pitted against Lamar’s HUMBLE. for record of the year at the upcoming 2018 Grammys.

To view the full lookbook and shop (prices ranging from $30 to $60 before shipping), click here.




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