Song of the Day #3,199: ‘Bounce Back’ – Big Sean

My final song of the latest ‘What the Kids are Listening To’ segment comes from Big Sean, whose ‘Bounce Back’ sits at #11 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

My 14-year-old daughter Sophia has been singing the praises of Big Sean recently, even asking to attend a general admission concert of his on a school night in Miami (um, that was a no). I’m a little nervous to hit play on this one, especially after wondering just yesterday what effect some of these songs might have on teenagers.

OK, I’m pleasantly surprised. Apart from some gratuitous ass shots in the video, this is a positive message delivered over a sick beat. I guess we’re raising Sophia right.

[Intro: Future]
If Young Metro don’t trust you, I’m gon shoot you

[Hook: Big Sean]
Last night took a L, but tonight I bounce back
Wake up every morning, by the night, I count stacks
Knew that ass was real when I hit, it bounce back
(You ain’t getting checks)
Last night took a L, but tonight I bounce back
Boy, I been broke as hell, cashed a check and bounced back
D town LAX, every week I bounce back
If you a real one, then you know how to bounce back

[Verse 1: Big Sean]
Don’t owe nobody, owe nobody
Always on the fuckin’ job, I got no hobbies
Got the city fuckin’ with me ’cause I’m homegrown
Vibin’ out more than my phone though
Leave me ‘lone, me on my own though
Look, I cut that bitch off like a edit
My daddy a G, it’s genetics (Straight up)
I heard ya new shit, it’s pathetic
Ya contract should be shredded
Took my dogs on a private jet from the public housing
I kept it G, yeah, one thousand
Clique star-studded like the Paramount mountain
Everything I do is righteous
Betting on me is the right risk
Even in a fucking crisis
I’m never on some switching sides shit
I switch gears to the night shift
Blacking out ’cause I’m enlightened
God talk to me in silence
But I hear him every time, mane
(Thank you God, God bless you, thank you so much)

[Hook: Big Sean]
Last night took a L, but tonight I bounce back
Wake up every morning, by the night, I count stacks
Knew that ass was real when I hit, it bounce back
(You ain’t getting checks)
Last night took a L, but tonight I bounce back
Boy, I been broke as hell, cashed a check and bounced back
D town LAX, every week I bounce back
If you a real one, then you know how to bounce back

[Verse 2: Big Sean]
Look, I woke up in beast mode
With my girl, that’s beauty and the beast though
Been top 5, these niggas sleep though
Only thing that sold out is the seats though
(Never sold my soul, never will never have)
Nigga how dare you stand before me and not respect my authority
If you fuck with my glory, I’ma drop the L and get gory
I done did everything except worry
Hella drama, my life story
Faith of a mustard seed, I kept growing
I knew that this life was meant for me
Niggas change up more than wishin’ wells
Karma come around I’ll wish ’em well
Livin’ like I’m on a limitless pill
I kill the scene like I’m Denzel
Crazy like my jacket strapped up
Nigga, I don’t act but I’ll act up
Brown paper bag like the lunch packed up
Back, back, back, back up
Nigga, I’ma need like 10 feet
Or get stomped out with ten feet
I’ma always lose my temper
You cannot “count to ten” me
If I lose 1, I bounce back like 2, 3 did with 4, 5
Seen court rooms and court sides, ain’t too many seen both sides
Nigga, fuck what you know
Nigga, I’m takin’ back control
The underdog just turned into the wolf and the hunger steady grows
Yeah, I call shots while you call off
Never takin’ summer or fall off
When you stay that committed to it, you just fall down and never fall off, so

[Hook: Big Sean]
Last night took a L, but tonight I bounce back
Wake up every morning, by the night, I count stacks
Knew that ass was real when I hit, it bounce back
(You ain’t getting checks)
Last night took a L, but tonight I bounce back
Boy, I been broke as hell, cashed a check and bounced back
D town LAX, every week I bounce back
If you a real one, then you know how to bounce back

[Outro: Kanye West & Big Sean]
Bounce back, bounce, bounce
Bounce back, bounce, bounce
Bounce, bounce, bitch, bounce (Yeah)
Is you a real one?
Is you a real one?
Real one
Real one
Is you a real one?
Real one
Real one
Don

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,199: ‘Bounce Back’ – Big Sean

  1. Dana says:

    I’ll grant you that the chorus is catchy, but I’m not sure why references to “bitch,” “nigga” and a fair amount of f bombs passes the test as a positive influence on teenagers. And if this is the commercial single, I suspect the rest of the album may not be much more redeeming. I think saying no on the concert may have been a good decision beyond the fact that it was a school night.😄

  2. Clay says:

    Well, it ain’t Raffi, but compared to most of these songs this is relatively tame and at least it’s about something more than sex, drugs and violence.
    And no, she wouldn’t have gone to that concert on a Saturday either!

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