In 2016, Brooklyn rapper Desiigner burst onto the scene with his debut single “Panda”. The track quickly became a viral sensation, with its infectious beat and memorable lyrics capturing the attention of hip-hop fans worldwide.
“Panda” features a sparse, trap-influenced beat that allows Desiigner's energetic flow and ad-libs to take center stage. The track's lyrics are filled with references to luxury fashion brands and drug dealing, with Desiigner's signature “rrrrah” ad-lib punctuating each line. The chorus, which features the iconic refrain “I got broads in Atlanta / Twistin' dope, lean, and the Fanta”, became a meme-worthy catchphrase and helped to propel the song to the top of the charts.
Despite its success, “Panda” was not without its controversies. The track's beat was heavily inspired by the work of producer Menace, who claimed that he had not been properly credited or compensated for his contribution to the song. In addition, some critics accused Desiigner of biting the style of Atlanta rapper Future, with whom he shares a similar vocal delivery and subject matter.
Regardless of its controversies, “Panda” remains a defining moment in Desiigner's career and in the history of trap music. Its infectious beat, catchy chorus, and energetic flow helped to make it one of the biggest hits of 2016, and cemented Desiigner's place in the hip-hop landscape. If you're a fan of trap music or just looking for a high-energy banger to add to your playlist, then “Panda” is definitely worth a listen.
Desiigner – “Panda” Lyrics