The '70s had Barry White's “Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe.” The '80s had Cyndi Lauper's “Time After Time.” The '90s had Whitney Houston's “I Will Always Love You.”
And what do we have? Fetty Wap's “Again.”
Yes, that's right. In honor of the low-key feminist rapper's birthday, I want to make the case for "Again," the love ballad to the trap queen Fetty lost to a life of fame and fortune, as one of the greatest love songs of our generation.
I've broken down the lyrics to discuss how powerful each line really is. Let's get started.
"I want you to be mine again, baby."
He wants her back. Life without her was just too much to bear. And you know what my favorite part is? Even though she is very obviously not in his life at the present moment, he still refers to her as "baby." She will always be his baby. Wait OMG, someone call Mariah Carey.
"I know my lifestyle is driving you crazy."
He understands her and where she's coming from. He gets that she's not just some crazy bitch. The only reason she's crazy right now is because he made her that way.
"I cannot see myself without you."
She is a necessary component of his life (and not in a creepy stalker way). He doesn't need her to live or breathe or anything stalker-y like that. Fetty just can't really be his most swag self without her.
"We call them fans though, girl you know how we do."
I'm going to be honest: I have no idea what this line means. I even did some research, and I still don't fully understand.
In "Trap Queen" (another song I'm assuming is about this same girl), Fetty raps, "Everybody hating, we just call them fans though." So, is it some shared lingo between the two of them? I'm not sure, but I'd like to think so.
"I go out of my way to please you."
Her happiness is a priority to him. He will go out of his way to do something if it means it will just put a smile on her face.
"I go out of my way to see you."
He wants to be with her, and that's a priority to him. It doesn't matter how busy he is with work, parties, doctors appointments and whatever else it is that Fetty Wap is up to on a daily basis. He will go out of his way to make sure he sees her.
"I ain't playing no games. I need you."
Ah, this is a true modern Millennial marvel. He's not playing games. No, these aren't just meaningless words to keep her on the hook. He actually needs her. It's as simple as that, and he's not afraid to say it.
Happy birthday, Fetty. I hope this girl comes to her senses and goes back to you. (Maybe as a birthday present?)