Truthfully, I’ve been waiting for the rap, Harry Potter crossover for a long time. And by crossover, I mean rap referencing Harry Potter in a substantial way, not some dumb CollegeHumor parody or a Lonely Island video. It was a matter of time, really. Harry Potter is practically as big as Star Wars and I’m sure every rapper under 25 can name all seven horcruxes. Don’t believe me? Both ASAP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar told Dee Vazquez that the last book they read was a Harry Potter book. ASAP picked Goblet of Fire and Kendrick did not specify.
That said, T.I. and his weed carrier ensemble delivered in a big way. The song is called “Harry Potter.” Boom. And I would have settled for Jay Electronica twisting “wingardium leviosa” into a rhyme. The glorious hook:
And if they ask, we got that whip game proper,
That brick game proper,
We make it disappear and we just call it Harry Potter.
Got the whip game proper,
My clique aim choppers,
We make it disappear and we just call it Harry Potter, mane.
And the even more glorious bridge:
And we just call it Harry Potter, mane, mane,
And we just call it Harry Potter, maaaane,
And we just call it Harry Potter, mane,
And we just call it Harry Potter, mane.
It helps that the song is an apocalyptic banger produced by Hit-Boy and not just novelty mixtape trash. Think about it: somewhere, people — grown men, even — are balling their hearts out to “Harry Potter.”
Rap music, I love you sometimes.
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