The Good Life

Album: Chiddy Bang: The Preview (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • Chiddy Bang is a Hip Hop duo comprising Chiddy Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin, who met at Philadelphia's Drexel University. This is the opening track from Chiddy Bang: The Preview, which was released in early October 2010. The EP stood as a placeholder until their debut album was released.
  • The song was co-produced and co-written by Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes. "It was surreal and crazy to grasp," said Chiddy of working with Pharrell. "Even when he walked in the studio, we were in a little bit of shock. It's crazy to put ourselves in that context. No matter how much we accomplish, in our psyche, we're still like kids that were making s--t in a dorm."
    Beresin added: "He has an incredible energy, one of the most respected people who I grew up listening to. No one else really brings the raw swagger that he does."
  • Part of the hook finds Chiddy chanting the word "swelly" over and over again, and it's a term the MC coined as a high schooler. "I made that word to replace the word 'swag,'" he explained. "The word 'swag' is corny—everybody says they got swag. I was like, 'Yo, I got swell!' That transformed into 'swelly,' meaning all things fresh, all things dope."

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