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Young Zukaa - “Miss Me”
“This a love song, not a lullaby,” says Young Zukaa at the end of “Miss Me.” It’s a necessary correction—it’s hard not to think of counting sheep and rocking to sleep when you first hear Cloudymorning’s low-key beat, a collection of stripped-down drums and hazy ringtone melodies. Over this gentle R&B production, the Henry County, Georgia rapper lays out all the different ways his lover has criticized him. Zukaa talks over himself, beginning a line just as the last one ends: “My bitch told me she wish I was ugly/My bitch told me ain’t a damn thing funny.” He’s pissed off, but he’s still loyal: “A nigga in this world ever put hands on you/Then you know he gonna die.” Zukaa won’t let complaints get in the way of his devotion.
Originally Appeared on Pitchfork