Track of the Day: 'GIRLS @'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Earlier this week, Chance the Rapper tweeted out three crying emojis, three high-five emojis, and one prayer-hands emoji because The Atlantic had written about his great new mixtape Coloring Book. Now he’s namechecking Ta-Nehisi in song:

The track is a blast. The Fader’s Jordan Darville has the context:

“GIRLS @” is the latest track from Joey Purp's upcoming project iiiDrops—third eye drops? three drops?—out May 27. The new song features another Chicago rapper you may have heard of: Chance The Rapper (he and Joey are #justlikebrothers, according to the Instagram Joey posted above. Awww.)

Both rappers are looking for a woman companion, but their preferences couldn’t be more different: Joey’s on the prowl for girls with the credit cards and the high heels/ the Mercedes Benz with the big wheels, while Chance is a manic pixie dream girl kind of guy,Where are the girls at with the book in the club/ With the reading glasses on getting shook in the club/ Reading Ta-Nehisi Coates, something SpottieOttieDope/ With the 'Why I let them drag me here?' look in the club.

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