Babushka Boi

Album: Yet to be titled (2019)
  • A Babushka is a type of headscarf tied under the chin, which is traditionally worn by elderly women in rural Eastern Europe. In September 2018, Rocky was cut on the face and started using the headscarf to cover his scar. During his appearance two months later at the LACMA Art+Film Gala in Los Angeles, the Harlem-born MC wore a Gucci babushka. Rocky has continued to use the headscarf, but now primarily in the name of fashion. This song was inspired by the rapper's penchant for the babushka, which he namechecks in the third verse:

    Buck fifty, my babushka

    A "Buck fifty" is slang for $150, the price of Rocky's headscarf. The term can also be used to describe a scar on someone's face that is so large, it required at least 150 stitches.
  • Rocky debuted the song live during his early 2019 Injured Generation Tour.
  • The song's music video was directed by British artist and filmmaker Nadia Lee Cohen. Her previous videos include D.R.A.M.'s "Gilligan," (which features A$AP Rocky) and Kali Uchis' "After the Storm."

    The clip tells the satirical story of Rocky and his babushka-donning crew of bank robbers. We see Rocky's squad, which includes A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and Schoolboy Q, escape from police detention and successfully rob a local bank. The visual pays homage to the 1990 film Dick Tracy, which is based on the classic detective comic strip of the same name.


Be the first to comment...

Janis IanSongwriter Interviews

One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.

Bryan AdamsSongwriter Interviews

What's the deal with "Summer of '69"? Bryan explains what the song is really about, and shares more of his songwriting insights.

Chris TomlinSongwriter Interviews

The king of Christian worship music explains talks about writing songs for troubled times.

Country Song TitlesFact or Fiction

Country songs with titles so bizarre they can't possibly be real... or can they?

Gentle GiantSongwriter Interviews

If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.

Billy Steinberg - "Like A Virgin"They're Playing My Song

The first of Billy's five #1 hits was the song that propelled Madonna to stardom. You'd think that would get you a backstage pass, wouldn't you?