Does Panic! At The Disco‘s recent smash “High Hopes” bear a striking resemblance to an old Lil Wayne song? Was the Pray For The Wicked single from P!ATD’s Brendon Urie and company perhaps written as a tribute to the veteran rapper?
These questions are brought up today by Andy Cush at SPIN, the writer collating the similarities in the Panic! tune’s catchy refrain with the corresponding shuffle of the chorus in Wayne’s 2007 jam “Ride For My N*ggas (Sky’s The Limit).”
Hear it for yourself. Below, take a listen to “High Hopes,” the chorus of which starts right at the top of the track. Then, listen to the Lil Wayne tune, a non-single from the rapper’s mid-aughts mixtape Da Drought 3. The chorus starts around 1:23.
Did you notice an equivalence in sound among the two choruses? Cush sure does. He writes that the two refrains, recorded a decade apart, share a sameness not only in sonics, but also in their triumphant, rise-from-the-ashes lyrics:
“The rhyme scheme, the way the syllables fall across the beat, the type of fanfare-ish production that makes you want to run a few sets on the Rocky stairs, the lyrics about having faith in yourself and celebrating victory in the face of struggle—both songs have all of these things in common.”
Whether Urie consciously copied Wayne’s rhyme scheme and melodic shamble for his act’s biggest hit since 2006’s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” is certainly a fascinating question to consider. And it’s one that crops up often in modern music, especially since Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” got nabbed for being too close in sound to a Marvin Gaye tune.
What do you think? Does the Panic! At The Disco chorus of “High Hopes” sound a bit close to Lil Wayne’s meter in the Drought 3 tune? Sound off in the comments section, down below, and let us know your take on this song comparison!