Meaning of “Panda” by Desiigner

Panda is a song by American rapper and singer Desiigner. The song’s legendary hook is about Desiigner’s love for the BMW X6, which according to him bares great resemblance to a panda bear thanks to its white body and tinted windows. Away from the white BMW X6, Desiigner also talks or rather raps about the black BMW X6 bearing resemblance to another car that he loves, the Rolls Royce Phantom.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Desiigner's Panda at

Panda lyrics

Facts about “Panda”

  • Panda was written by Desiigner and music producer Menace, with the latter handling the production of the song.
  • Desiigner stumbled upon the catchy beat of Panda on YouTube and instantly fell in love with it.
  • According to Menace, who produced the Panda beat, he sold the beat to Desiigner for an amount of $200. Menace said he used only about two hours to produce and master the beat.
  • Desiigner got inspiration for the song’s theme during the course of playing the popular video game Grand Theft Auto V.
  • According to Desiigner, the famous line from the song in which he raps about having “broads in Atlanta”, is false since at the time of writing the song, he had never been to the city of Atlanta. The rapper revealed to Billboard magazine that that line was inspired by a lady he me on Facebook who said she came from Atlanta.
  • Since being released in December 2015, Panda has been remixed and sampled by numerous artists including Lupe Fiasco, Meek Mill, T-Pain, Lil’ Kim, Lil Mama, and others. Rapper Kanye West sampled Panda on his song Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2 from his 2016 seventh studio album entitled The Life of Pablo.
  • The music video of Panda which features appearances from Kanye West and Yeezy, received an MTV Video Music Award nomination.
  • The song reached the number one position on the US Billboard Hot 100 when Desiigner was only 18 years and 11 months old, thereby making him one of the youngest artists in the entire history of music to reach the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot 100.
  • According to American tennis legend Serena Williams, she listened to Panda while getting ready for the 2016 French Open.
  • The song has been used on several TV shows, including Empire, The Last Man on Earth and Rosewood.
  • The Rolling Stone magazine named this song as one of the best songs of 2016.

1 Response

  1. July 17, 2017

    […] producer and singer who rose to worldwide prominence with the release of his 2016 debut single Panda, which was a major hit in the United States and in numerous countries all over the […]

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