A Boogie Connects With Late Rapper PnB Rock On Posthumous Release “Needed That”
On the track “Needed That”, Bronx rapper A Boogie Wit da Hoodie collaborates with Philadelphia rapper PnB Rock to reflect on a past relationship. The song features vocals recorded before PnB Rocks death in September 2022.
A Boogie Wit da Hoodie arrived on the rap scene in 2016 with his mixtape Artist, repping his Bronx neighborhood of Highbridge. The mixtape was followed up by the success of the single “Drowning,” which brought him media attention as an artist on the rise. Subsequent hits “Swervin” and “Look Back At It” helped to solidify his name as one of the premiere artists out of the New York scene. He was at the forefront of rappers credited with introducing the sound of a new generation of NY artists to an international audience. His work was the precursor to the rise of NY drill and brought renewed interest to the rap scene of a city entrenched in Hip-hop history.
PnB Rock was a Philadelphia rapper and singer known for his 2016 hit “Selfish.” The artist was tragically shot and killed during a robbery turned fatal in Los Angeles. His death is one of many names of artists gone too soon at the hands of gun violence.
The track is off of A Boogie’s fourth studio album, Me vs. Myself released in December of 2022. The song opens with a reflective piano sample that sounds like what floating on a cloud might feel like. The listener can picture themselves sitting on the edge of a tranquil reflective pool, contemplating life. It is an apt soundscape for A Boogie and PnB Rock to reflect on past relationships and heartbreak.
In the chorus, PnB Rock sings:
“Stabbed me in my back, you had me bleedin’ bad
Did it to myself, I guess it’s all my fault
‘Cause I was out here cheatin’ when you played your part
I know I’m the reason that you act like that”
Although the artists acknowledge that they’ve messed up within their relationships, they note how their heartbreaks have pushed them towards more success. When A Boogie raps “I ain’t gon’ cry about it,” he is admitting that his intent isn’t to reenter the relationship even if he is taking time to reflect on it. Rather, he is learning from his mistakes and moving forward with life.
Check out A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s new album Me vs. Myself, and the rest of his discography.