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History

88rising

History Lyrics

[Chorus]
We got history (history)
Got me feeling the nostalgia
When you look at me (look at me)

Thinking 'bout what could've happened
Or what could've been
Finally a face I know, ain't that a sight to see?
Take my time then take your clothes off
One more time, maybe

Actin' like you don't recall, it ain't impressin' me
Didn't come to see your friends, I know you came for me
Like your dress, but you fit better in my wrinkled tee
We moved on to newer things, but we got history

[Verse 1]
Put my feelings all aside
Don't know how to make it right
Pictures poppin' on my mind
All these occasions

Let's work it out with me
I don't think it hurts to give another try on it
Ain't nobody here know you like I do
Ask all your friends if they know 'bout your size of shoes

How you like to cry when you laugh, when you off the booze
I moved on but I still remember a thing or two
I know you said "gimme a hug," and I said "gimme a break"
I wasn't trying my best, all the mistakes that I made
I'm learning that it ain't the right move
Learned from my mistakes, ain't that what the adults do?

[Chorus]
We got history (history)
Got me feeling the nostalgia
When you look at me (look at me)

Thinking 'bout what could've happened
Or what could've been
Finally a face I know, ain't that a sight to see?
Take my time then take your clothes off
One more time, maybe
Actin' like you don't recall, it ain't impressin' me
Didn't come to see your friends, I know you came for me
Like your dress, but you fit better in my wrinkled tee
We moved on to newer things, but we got history

[Verse 2]
Ayy, ayy, yuh
Bet you got nobody 'round to make your day better
Sun brighter, don't got too much time, so girl, let's fuck now
And talk later, put your pride aside and let me in
You know I got better since
You so good at self control, but maybe now it's time for change
I've been alone for so long, got the one
Didn't realize good ones exist in the world 'til I lost one
Eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind
Things I would give to feel your lips for the last time
Go and hang with your friends, I'll put this bullshit to end
I rained on your parade and I just wish you the best
I think it's time for me to bounce soon
I just wish I had someone to say "I'm home" to


[Chorus]
We got history (history)
Got me feeling the nostalgia
When you look at me (look at me)

Thinking 'bout what could've happened
Or what could've been
Finally a face I know, ain't that a sight to see?
Take my time then take your clothes off
One more time, maybe
Actin' like you don't recall, it ain't impressin' me
Didn't come to see your friends, I know you came for me
Like your dress, but you fit better in my wrinkled tee
We moved on to newer things, but we got history

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About “History”

On “History,” Brian reminisces about times he had with a former lover. He remembers bittersweet moments and recognizes that there is a deep history between them, all while struggling to let go of the past.

On the day of its release, a music video was uploaded to Brian’s YouTube channel featuring clips from several American TV shows and movies such as The Office and Shrek, as well as Japanese anime such as Naruto and Spirited Away. These clips mostly depict romantic scenes. Fans likened the video to an “AMV” edit (“anime music videos”) popular amongst internet fandoms.

On October 10th 2018, the official music video for “History” released on the 88rising YouTube channel and features Brian going to a formal party and seeing the girl he had a former love with.

  • What's sampled in this song?

    It’s a sample from the shop menu tune of a mobile game “Ski Safari”. You can listen to it here:

  • How did this song come about?

    Rich Brian:

    I was watching this video on YouTube, and it was like a video of a dude just reviewing an Airsoft gun. And he had this intro song, and there was this melody, this flute thing. I heard that and I tried Shazaam-ing it. But I couldn’t find it. So I just just remade the whole thing. And I called the project Shazam. I just decided to put hip-hop drums on it, and I was like, oh, this sounds cool. And before that, I already had an idea for the song. This one time I was just in the studio, and then I heard the words, “We got history” in my head. I was like, “Oh, I want to use that as a hook one day.” So I just decided to use it on that beat.

  • What was the recording process like?

    Rich Brian:

    At first, it was the little flute melody thing. And then I added my drums on it. And that was the deconstructed video. I just added my drums on it, and then I just put the whole “We got history” idea on it. I just started writing the whole thing one night. And I went to the studio the next day. I only had the first verse. Then I recorded that and just wrote the rest of the thing in the studio with my engineer friend in Indonesia. I’m not a singer, but I like coming up with melodies. I think it’s fun. So I think, how I kind of found the balance for this song is just through what the beat sounded like. ‘Cause when you write on a song, you don’t want to get in the way of the beat too much. You don’t want the beat to also get in the way of your rapping and singing too much. So this whole song is melodic, pretty much. It’s not really rapping. But some of the song, I was doing kind of like a deeper singing. Sometimes my singing just gets higher. I feel like this is one of my first songs where I was kind of exploring that range of singing, and kind of hitting the high notes, you know?

  • What inspired the lyrics?

    Rich Brian:

    So the inspiration behind “History” was about this girl that I was with. But she was kind of trash. She wasn’t that good of a girlfriend. We broke up and I was just trying to get her back. But this song is kind of to show you that no matter how shitty a person can be, you always just wanna get back together with them. ‘Cause a lot of the times, you don’t realize that you don’t really miss the person, you just miss having somebody to depend on, because your heart is empty after the person leaves. No matter how many bad things that person did to you.

  • Are there any allusions in the music video?

    Yes. At 1:25 on “History’s” music video only Brian’s face is shown against an all black background. This is an allusion to Rich Brian’s previous song’s cover for “Who Dat Be.”

    Song cover for “Who Dat Be”

    1:25 on “History” Music Video

"History" Track Info

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