“Holy Smokes” by Trippie Redd (ft. Lil Uzi Vert)
This song was obviously inspired by emo-ism. That’s made apparent from the opening chorus, in which Trippie Redd depicts himself as someone who, despite being wealthy, cannot buy love. And such a trend is continued into the first verse, which is also held down by said vocalist. Therein, Trippie lets it be amply known that he is well-paid. But amidst such, he also for instance is warning a female addressee of the dangers of the streets, as well the rapper claiming to be “exhausted”.
Or put differently, it’s like along with the wealth also comes the associated disadvantages. And Redd also gives a shoutout to the “white cup filled with purple stuff”, aka lean, thus furthering conjuring up images of emo past.
However Lil Uzi Vert takes it in a completely different direction. His passage is rather centered on the topic of screwing other dudes’ girlfriends. This is an activity which he apparently gets a kick out of. And if one of said boyfriends “want smoke with” Uzi Vert, he’s ready to take it there also.
Meanwhile concerning the title of this song, the expression “holy smoke” is actually one that has been most popularly utilized by Hollywood actor Burt Ward via his 1960s’ depiction of Robin (on the television series Batman).
The expression is actually “an exclamation of surprise” which, if interpreted as so in this song, would point to the fact that the rappers have made rich. But aside from serving as this track’s title and opening phrase of the chorus, said term doesn’t really appear to play any prominent role in the lyrics.
“Holy Smokes” Facts
Primary Artist(s): Trippie Redd
Featured Artist(s): Lil Uzi Vert
Album/EP: “Trip At Knight”
Was “Holy Smokes” a single release?
Yes. It was a single released from the album, “Trip At Knight”. It was actually made public on July 16 of 2021. Trippie released it as the album’s second single. The first is a song called “Miss the Rage”.
Who are the Writer and Producers of this Song?
It was written by Trippie with assistance from Symere Woods (aka Lil Uzi Vert) and Igor Mamet.
Production of “Holy Smokes” was the handiwork of producers SSeratonin and TNFDemon produced the song.
What Music Genre(s) can one put “Holy Smokes” into?
- Pop Rap
Did “Holy Smokes” Chart?
Yes, it did. It actually did so globally. For example, it was a top-10 hit in New Zealand. In the United States, it also appeared on the Hot 100.
“Trip at Knight”
The Prominent member of the SoundCloud rap scene, Trippie Redd, released his fourth studio album, Trip at Night in August 2011. The album was released globally by 10k Projects and 1400 Entertainment on August 20, 2011. It is an epilogue of Trippie’s break-out album; Life’s a Trip.
In one of Trippie’s posts he made on social media before releasing the album, he pointed that he had dreamt of the album not featuring any artist except Chris King. He went further to say that he wanted to make a self-fulfilling album to produce the best of his music for people to realize that he could be successful on his own.
However, at the end of the day, the album featured several other artists, including:
- Playboi Carti
- Babyface Ray
- Lil Uzi Vert
- Juice Wrld
- Sada Baby
- Polo G
- Lil Durk
Trip at Knight went on to become one of the 2021’s best performing rap albums in America and Britain. For example, it peaked at number one on Billboard’s Top hip-hop albums chart. It also surpassed 100 million streams in its first week.