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The Best Annotations of November 2018

Genius contributors broke down JAY-Z’s thoughts towards Kanye and President Trump, Jon Bellion’s anxiety & more this month.

The Genius Community is a group of international music lovers who come to Genius every day to contribute musical knowledge. Through the medium of annotations, they decode the deeper meaning behind lyrics, contextualize them within an artist’s discography, pinpoint their social relevance, or uncover their historical influences.

The best annotations are not only well-written and comprehensive, but also bring new insight to the lyrics we’re all obsessed with. They consolidate the most interesting information about trending music, or take what could otherwise be unassuming lyrics and transform them into engaging tidbits of knowledge. With that in mind, here are the Best Annotations of November 2018.


5. Threw Dirt On My Name, Ended Up At Her Own Burial

Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma have been in an ongoing feud since the beginning of 2017. Remy Ma dissed Nicki on tracks “ShETHER” and “Another One,” and Nicki responded on the 2 Chainz' song “Realize.” This month, Nicki used a feature spot to address Remy again, this time on 6ix9ine’s song “MAMA.” On the track, she seemed to claim that Remy Ma ended her own career by going against her. Genius contributor @Pheezy explained the somewhat ambiguous lyric.

4. I Hope I Didn't Burn That Bridge

Jon Bellion dropped his album Glory Sound Prep this month. On the album cut “Adult Swim,” he revealed that Christina Aguilera’s “Fall In Line,”—which Bellion co-wrote and co-produced—was originally intended for Beyoncé prodigies Chloe x Halle. Genius contributor @killersnowtiger explained Bellion’s worry that ultimately letting Christina have the rights caused him to fall out of favor with Beyoncé.

3. I Might Just Pop Up With Drizzy

Meek Mill and Drake started feuding in July 2015 and the two battled it out through diss tracks like Meek’s “War Pain” and Drake’s “Back to Back.” Meek was locked up in November 2017 for a probation violation, and to fans' surprise, Drake supported the “Free Meek Mill” movement when he said it on stage at a show in Australia. Meek joined Drake on stage a few months back which proved they squashed their beef, but this month Drake was featured on Meek’s Championships track “Going Bad,” and Meek shouted him out directly on “What’s Free.” Genius contributor @GeniusPlayboyX broke down the latter moment of reconciliation in an annotation.

2. Wish I Could Say “Thank You” To Malcolm

Ariana Grande released the hit song “thank u, next” this month, addressing her highly publicized breakup with Pete Davidson. It marks her first No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100, and on the cut she thanks her exes for the positive contributions they made to her growth as a person. Fans were especially drawn to her line about Mac Miller, who passed in September 2018 from an accidental fentanyl overdose. Genius user @Chancelorr broke down the significance of the tribute.

1. Don’t Michael And Prince Me And 'Ye

This month, Meek Mill released his new album Championships. The biggest song from bunch, “What’s Free,” samples the instrumental from Biggie’s 1997 track “What’s Beef” and features guest verses from heavy hitters JAY-Z and Rick Ross. Jay spit a line addressing the controversy surrounding him and Kanye West that some fans and media outlets misinterpreted as a diss, but Genius contributor @BigBabyGOAT_HGA went in-depth on the true meaning.

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