Bad Idea

Album: The Lost Boy (2019)
  • Over a mellow production, YBN Cordae trades bars with Chance the Rapper about maneuvering through the inescapable highs and lows of life. The track marks the rappers' first collaboration on wax.
  • The song is centered on a repeated line on the hook where Cordae speaks about struggling to go back home.

    And it might not be such a bad idea if I never went home again
    See, it might not be such a bad idea if I never went home again
    So don't you cry, little baby, little baby


    The lyrics are an interpolation of Gil Scott-Heron's 1971 track "Home Is Where the Hatred Is (Pieces of a Man Version)," where he sings:

    Home is where the hatred is
    Home is filled with pain and it
    Might not be such a bad idea if I never
    Never went home again


    Kanye West previously sampled the same lyrics on the outro of his 2005 Late Registration track "My Way Home."
  • Asked by Billboard what he means by not wanting to go home again, Cordae said that The Lost Boy has a concept running through it of a journey. The track "Have Mercy," he explained, is taking the "first step into that fire" as he embarks on his journey."

    "Bad Idea" has a similar vibe in which he's "looking back and with home, you can still see it from a distance, like, 'Nah. It wouldn't be a bad idea if I never went home again. I'm leaving the crib. I'm never going home again.'"
  • The song also samples Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway's track "Be Real Black for Me."

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