”Thing For You” by M.a.D.m.A.n Rodney Sage (ft. Vybe) Review
By Bri Lamontagne
“Thing For You” by M.a.D.m.A.n Rodney Sage and featuring Vybe starts with lovely melodic singing and transitions into lyrics that are slow enough to understand. The backing track has a slower, steady beat which eases me into the rhythm of the song, helping me to enjoy it more than most Rap or Hip-Hop music.
Honestly, this song is of my favorite variety. The story it tells is one where the narrator is addressing someone he has romantic interest for and telling her “I appreciate you more or better than your current guy and here’s the proof” (these are not lyrics, but the gist). Similar to songs like “Jessie’s Girl”, “Break Up With Him”, and various other Country songs, which all express the same sentiment with different words. I’m not trying to say that this has been overdone, but that it reflects a sentiment of humanity that probably dates all the way back to the beginning of human history, but which has been shown in literature at very least since Shakespeare, such as Viola’s yearning for Count Orsino in Twelfth Night. In fact, it’s one of my favorite tropes in music, literature, movies, and television. It’s a major part of why I root for Jane Eyre, Ross in Friends, Luke in Gilmore Girls, Elphaba in Wicked (the Musical, not the novel, which is almost entirely different), and so many more characters that are beloved for exactly the reason that they (and this situation) are relatable. Personally, I enjoy relatable music the most.
“Thing For You” is also replete with references to modern culture such as Netflix and texting. It also shows an understanding of women in general and what might help them feel relaxed or affectionate, as well as the most arousing sentiment: paying attention to her wants and needs. This song represents a tender side of Rap music and the people who sing it, which is infrequently done and thus all the more worth listening to. I’ll definitely be adding this to my playlist.