There is so much music published that music themes and ideas are bound to overlap. Mainstream and Christian Rap artists have songs that overlap in the general theme as well. The Thematic Duels series will analyze a song from a Christian rap and mainstream rap artist with the same song title and decide which artist portrayed the song’s titled better. Today, I’ll be looking at “Rose Gold” by Lil Mosey and “Rosegold” by WHATUPRG.
Listen to Lil Mosey Below (WARNING: This song has explicit language):
Looking past all the sexual references, Lil Mosey wrote a self-image rapper song. The soft melody, the echoed lyrics and adlibs, and the rose gold mentions in the chorus give this song a dream-state vibe with the melody of bells and harp. The lyrics following the melody mostly involve getting laid, being broke before becoming an artist, and having the “ice drip.” The rose gold theme, however, is barely referenced and rapped about. The theme only has two mentions, one within the lines “Rose gold, see the tint on my lip, n****,” in the chorus and, “and I can’t slow down ’cause now I’m shinin’,” at the end of the second verse. While mainstream media’s version of “the dream” is what Lil Mosey is rapping about in his verses, they do not tie specifically to the rose gold theme at all.
Listen to WHATUPRG Below:
Dissecting “Rosegold” by itself outside of the overall story, it plays into WHATUPRG’s EP Pleasant Hill. This is another self-image rapper song. RG creates a funky beat to match the references of Los Angeles in the chorus. The verses contain the same self-boasting nature of “Rose Gold” by Lil Mosey. RG’s lyrics fit into his chorus’ theme of being in the Instagram-like glow of Los Angeles. He’s grinding up into stardom after rejection. His verses tell of invisibility, operating independently, and warily keeping out people from his inner circle. Each idea describes how RG achieves his rose gold dreams.
In my opinion, WHATUPRG has the superior version of “Rose Gold” compared to Lil Mosey. The biggest deciding factor is that RG’s lyrics support his chorus theme more than Lil Mosey does.