It's Pretty OK
Solving the paradoxes of our time since 2016


A Pretty OK Song: "Lost (feat. Raynadayz) - Animepapi


Lately, I've been listening to a bunch of old songs that slipped under my radar, so I thought didn't have anything new to write about for this week. But then I remembered that somebody told me about Animepapi, and a whole new world opened up in front of me!

Animepapi is a bit of a mystery. Repeated internet snooping has only revealed three things to me: He is a white guy, he lives in Kansas City, and he used to have long, curly hair. That's not much to go off of, but when I listened to "Lost," I learned another thing—the guy can write bangers.

As I listened, I couldn't help but think of Post Malone. "Lost" immediately reminded me of "White Iverson," the megahit that introduced the world to Post. I can't help but think that the only reason Animepapi hasn't blown up is that his hook isn't as silly and memorable. There's no talk of ballin' or saucin', and honestly, that might be a bit of a handicap.

That said, the two tracks have very similar feels. Both Animepapi and Post Malone do a good job combining spoken rhymes and singsong melodies over bass-heavy beats. I'll keep a close eye on Animepapi, because a big breakout could be heading his way sooner than we think.

"Lost" kicks off with a long instrumental melody, then the rhythm guitar and heavy bass kick in. I'm a sucker for bass-centric songs, whether we're talking about a walking jazz line or 808-laden trap music. After the melody develops for a bit, the instruments drop out for a second. Animepapi enters a cappella before the beat returns on the line "I see you every time I write." Something about that moment sticks in my mind. It's a nice combo of building anticipation and varied rhythms.

Lyrically, the song deals with lost love, which is one of my favorite themes. Animepapi and guest vocalist Raynadayz are both talking about lost loves—or maybe they're voicing two sides of the same relationship? Either way, Papi thinks that Rayna can't relate, even though her lyrics show that she can.

But when it comes down to it, I'm not here for the lyrics; it's all about the feel. I love heavy bass, especially when it's holding down a hazy top end like it is here. "Lost" is perfect for a late-night summer drive along the water: windows down, stars out, Animepapi's soothing voice on the speakers.

Until next time!

-Ian Wood