4 Songs That Foreshadowed Each Artist's Future Work

4 Songs That Foreshadowed Each Artist's Future Work

How the last track of each artist's album foreshadowed the tone of their future project.

4 Songs That Foreshadowed Each Artist's Future Work

How the last track of each artist's album foreshadowed the tone of their future project.

Have you ever heard a song at the end of an album that was completely different than the mood of the rest of the album? It was like that song was meant to be put there, to indicate a change in direction or a change in the artist’s mood. Personally, I feel like I’ve seen it a lot among rappers. So, here’s four songs that truly foreshadowed the future of an artist’s work.

1. “One Last Thing” by Mac Miller

From the days of K.I.D.S. to Blue Slide Park, Mac Miller had a pretty positive tone to his music. However, the last track of Blue Slide Park took a complete 180 degree turn in terms of mood. “One Last Thing” served as a transition from the young, joyful, innocent artist to a more serious and cynical one. In the video for “One Last Thing,” a woman pretends to shoot Mac, signifying the death of his euphoric and youthful days, and inducing him into the dark reality of stardom.

The projects following Blue Slide Park included Macadelic & Watching Movies with The Sound Off, which continued along a similar pattern, with spacey beats and even darker lyricism.

2. “Lone” by Tyler, The Creator

If you know Tyler, The Creator, you know that he loves jazz and loves chords. Tyler took somewhat of a gamble on his album Wolf with more jazz-like production, but still maintained a hip-hop focus.

However, his last track “Lone,” was a complete departure from the rest of the album. More self-reflective and emotional than any other track on the album, Tyler tells a story about his grandmother’s death and his life at the time.

Tyler wasn’t shy at all in this song with his emotions and with his sampling. With a raw energy, Tyler spits over Wilson Da Neves’s song “Jornada,” and does so beautifully. Tyler went on to create more jazz-based projects such as Cherry Bomb and his latest album Flower Boy.

3. “0 To 100/The Catch Up” by Drake

Drake has been famous for some time now, especially since “Hotline Bling” made him not only a household name, but a certified dad rapper. Everyone and their mom knows about Drake.

While Drake was constantly seeing rises in popularity between Thank Me Later and Nothing Was The Same, Drake perfected his sound of hard-rapper and soft-singer in “0 To 100/The Catch Up.” In this one song alone, Drake single-handedly captured the attention of all of his fans and more and appealed to each dimension of them with his soft and hard side, which is what makes him so likeable.

In terms of structure, the oversimplified beat and rhythm of the whole song is something that Drake continued to use in If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late, and continues to use today.

4. “Knight (feat. Domo Genesis)” by Earl Sweatshirt

Just like the rest of Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt originally had a IDGAF-type attitude. However, as Earl began to release his own music, his lyricism and lo-fi beats further gave him a darker, more cynical sound.

“Knight” gives a glimpse into this hazy, demonic-like sound. In fact, his debut album, Doris, gets progressively darker throughout the entire album. “Knight” served as the statement that it wasn’t getting any lighter as Earl went on to release the grimy, 30-minute album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, which, if you can guess from the title, isn’t quite rainbows and butterflies.