“First dates should always be about enjoying a vibe," expresses 24Goldn.
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24kGoldn's four tracks for a first date

24kGoldn—the rapper who hit big with his song “Mood”—shares four tracks that get him in the right frame of mind on a first date.
By Will Lavin
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Emo rap—a downbeat fusion of hip-hop beats, indie-rock melodies, and emotional lyrics—has soared in popularity over the last decade, with proponents such as Lil Uzi Vert and the late XXXTentacion topping the charts. Its new MVP is 20-year- old Golden Landis Von Jones, aka 24kGoldn. The California rapper, singer, songwriter, and former child actor broke through in 2019 with the platinum-selling “Valentino.” But it was his 2020 track “Mood” that really put him on the map, peaking at No. 1 in 17 territories. Being about a toxic relationship, the song is probably not one to play on a first date, but here he offers four tracks that might help break the ice.


“Even though this song came out in the early 2000s, it’s still just as relevant and relatable now. It literally says everything you want to on a first date: ‘Hey ma, what up? Let’s slide.’ It essentially does the talking for you. I could just imagine me and a girl riding in the car to this, with the windows down, just bopping on the way to wherever we’re going on a first date.”

M.I.A. “PAPER PLANES” (2007)

“First dates should always be about enjoying a vibe. You don’t want to be listening to anything that’s going to kill that. ‘Paper Planes’ is one of those songs that has a nice little bop to it that perfectly soundtracks riding to the beach together. I first heard it in the film Slumdog Millionaire. It’s in this crazy train scene where they’re hitchhiking from one place in India to another. Such an impactful moment.”


“Would you love me if I was down and out? Would you love me on a bus? Would you love me if I flipped burgers? These questions [all raised in the lyrics] are the type you should probably ask on a first date. It’s the ultimate test of love. I think nostalgia is one of the most powerful forces in the world, too. If we can’t listen to throwback jams together, it’s not going to work out—the date is over.”


“Sometimes you’ve just got to lay it all out there and share your truth on a first date. You’ve got to be brutally honest. It makes things easier in the end. So, like the lyrics say, ‘I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem,’ but maybe we can solve it together. The bars Kendrick drops on this are just crazy. I think this might be the most slept-on all-star-cast song there is.”
24kGoldn’s debut album, El Dorado, is out now on Columbia Records; 24kgoldn.com