Two things that are hard to decode? Social media and lyrics—which is why we've teamed up with Genius, the lyric masters, for this week's playlist. Here, the Genius community—including some of the artists in questions—takes us *behind the lyrics* of a batch of songs about love in the modern era.
"WiFi" by D.R.A.M. ft. Erykah Badu
"Forget about your wifi for a second / Put your phone down, please don't check it"
These lyrics are in reference to Erykah Badu's song "Phone Down" off her 2015 "Hotline Bling"-inspired mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone. On the song, Erykah suggests that cellular devices are taking over our lives and our intimate relationships, so she urges her lover to forgo his phone: "Baby we don't need it / Every time you get a message / Act like you don't see it."
"Go Flex" by Post Malone
"She doin' things to excite me / She sendin' all her friends snaps of my new tracks"
Post was featured on Kylie Jenner's snapchat in August 2015 as he performed at her birthday party. Flexing means showing off. Post told Hot 97: "I wanted gold teeth, I always loved shiny stuff, that's what I'm into."
"Energy" by Drake
"So they can talk about they timeline / And show me pictures of they friends / Just to tell me they ain't really friends"
This song addresses Drake's haters along with the controversy surrounding Birdman, Lil Wayne, and Cash Money Records. The music video for this song went viral, with Drake impersonating numerous celebrities, including President Obama, LeBron James, Oprah, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Kanye West.
"All Eyez" by The Game ft. Jeremih
Game serenades this girl with promises of trips to Ibiza, Spain, which is known for its nightlife...Game hints at making memories with his date using the now iconic dog filter which is a key feature of a Snapchat selfie.
"Addicted to My Ex" by M-City J.r.
"I post it on Instagram stuntin' she tryna ignore it"
M-City J.r. on genius.com: "You're doing the things with the new woman that she wished you would have done with her, that she wish she could still do with you. But she lost you, so it ain't none of that. You gotta keep focused on the new one, keep hope alive. You have to put the new one on the 'gram, at the place she can't afford. You've got to, it only makes sense."
"Erase Your Social" by Lil Uzi Vert
"I ain't got no Snapchat homie / I think it's too personal"
Lil Uzi actually does have Snapchat.
"It Goes Down in the DM" by Yo Gotti
"Don't you hate when you get screenshotted?"
Yo Gotti on genius.com: "Sometimes you might follow a girl, and as soon as you follow her she screenshots it and puts it on, says, 'He just followed me.' Then I unfollow them, ASAP. You shouldn't have done that. That wasn't for everybody, that was just for me. I followed you. It might be three or four in the morning and nobody caught that, and then you post it. Give me that follow back, I'm over it."