With a pulsating beat and raw lyrics, The Chainsmokers latest chart-topping hit “Sick Boy” fans the EDM fire. Released on their Disruptor Records label, “Sick Boy” has more than 124 million views on YouTube. This cut has a darker tone than previous cuts and signals the beginning of a new musical chapter for the duo. The lyrics facilitate an intimate look through a political lens exposing America’s current political climate.
The lyrics say, “I’m from the east side of America where we choose pride over character, and we pick sides but this is us, this is us, this is.” The first verse continues, “I live on the west side of America where they spin lies into fairy dust, and we can pick sides, but this is us, this is us, this.” Not one to shy away from what is real, The Chainsmokers base their music on their own experiences and the experiences of their contemporaries. In the refrain, the hard-punching lyrics state, “Welcome to the narcissism where we’re united under our indifference.” This line according to a recent interview gives the nod to social media where the number of hits magnifies the quantification of a person’s personality. Social media is a place, according to the lyrics, “where we’re united under our indifference.” The song’s bridge continues the edgy lyrics, “How many likes is my life worth? Feed yourself on my life’s work. How many likes is my life worth?”
Speaking about “Sick Boy” on the red carpet at the 2018 Grammy awards, Drew said, “This song is kind (of) about discovering your self-identity while living in a world where everyone posts everything they do and (it) projects kind of a curated reality on Instagram. And that’s how we interact with one another.”
Fortunately, their label allows Taggart and Pall to be creative and political simultaneously. The fans are the beneficiaries because “Sick Boy” has a bumping dance beat overlaid with a tight, relevant lyric.