Bean (Kobe)
by Lil Uzi Vert (featuring Chief Keef)

Album: Eternal Atake (Deluxe) - LUV vs. The World 2 (2020)
Charted: 19
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Songfacts®:

  • Lil Uzi Vert named this song after the legendary NBA player Kobe Bean Bryant. The only reference to the LA Lakers star in the lyrics is at the beginning of Uzi's verse.

    You know I'm ballin', usual like Kobe

    Uzi is comparing his success to that of the five-time NBA championship winner.
  • The rest of Uzi's rhymes are shout-outs to his lavish lifestyle, including namechecking three luxury watch brands on the hook.

    AP, Muller, my Rollie

    Audemars Piguet, Franck Muller and Rolex are all expensive Swiss wrist wear manufacturers.
  • Chief Keef raps the second verse, during which he issues threats to those who disrespect his gang.
  • This is the first official collaboration between the pair where Keef contributed vocals, but the Chicago native did score a production credit on Eternal Atake's "Chrome Heart Tags."
  • Uzi and Keef first previewed the song on September 19, 2017, shortly after its creation. They later performed it in concert, but fans had to wait for its inclusion on disc until the deluxe version of Eternal Atake.
  • The song's roaring 808s production is by Pi'erre Bourne. The Queens, New York-based beatmaker's other credits include Travis Scott's "Watch" and 6ix9ine's "Gummo."
  • The song debuted at #19 on the Hot 100, giving Chief Keef his first Top 20 hit. His previous best chart placing came with "Love Sosa," which peaked at #56 in 2013.

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