Bad Idea
by Cordae (featuring Chance the Rapper)

Album: The Lost Boy (2019)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Over a mellow production, Cordae (known as YBN Cordae at the time) 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."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Stan Ridgway

Stan RidgwaySongwriter Interviews

Go beyond the Wall of Voodoo with this cinematic songwriter.

John Waite

John WaiteSongwriter Interviews

"Missing You" was a spontaneous outpouring of emotion triggered by a phone call. John tells that story and explains what MTV meant to his career.

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)Songwriter Interviews

Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars.

Eric Clapton

Eric ClaptonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"They're Playing My Song

Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-Outs

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-OutsSong Writing

The 10 biggest "retirement tours" that didn't take.