Track Review: PnB Rock, ‘New Day’
“New Day” arguably gives up-and-coming urban artist PnB Rock his best single to date.
2017 – new year, new artists. One promising new artist in the urban vein is PnB Rock. PnB Rock is representative of the hybrid musician – one who both sings and raps interchangeably. Rock has released a couple of mixtapes, most notably the commercially available 2015 effort, RNB 3, released on major label Atlantic. 2017 welcomes his proper debut, GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions. Three singles arrived prior to GTTM: “Playa No More,” “Selfish,” and “New Day.”
“New Day” begins with an intro that sets the tone. the A+ hook follows suit, arguably giving PnB Rock his best single to date.
“Ah man god damn, it’s a new day / Now I’m getting money I swear everything’s changed / Now all these bad b*tches tryna be my main / And now all these lame n*ggas tryna be with gang / No I done made a new lane / Pull up on your block in that f*cking Mulsanne / Your bitch on my top like a f*cking toupee / Cause she see the guap bussin’ out my Balmains.”
The hook is a major selling point. He excels at game here, giving no fucks whatsoever.
“New Day” features bright production work. Despite the brightness, it is set in a minor key, giving it some darkness. Hard drums anchor down this banger. Vocally, PnB Rock is drenched in autotune. Even though PnB Rock is pop-rapping, he showcases a toughness, spitting agilely and profanely. Confidence is the M.O. for PnB Rock. He doesn’t lack it on his verses. On the first verse, he brags:
“Man I swear I’m too paid / young n*gga balling like I’m playing 2K / I can’t f*ck with these n*ggas cause they too fake / all they do is hate man they too fugay…”
The flex-fest continues on the second verse.
“Man I swear I’m too paid / I woke up like f*ck it I might buy a new K / Diamonds dancing you can see my shit like Blu-ray / I just f*cked this n*gga b*tch, she tryna be my new bae.”
Arguably, “New Day” is the best single of the three pre-releases from GTTM. The clichés are exactly that, but PnB pulls it off like a champ here. 2017 is a new day for PnB.