They just can’t stop turning them out, can they?
Musical artists never seem to get tired of writing songs that are about, feature or memorably mention diamonds. Not sure what it is about these reflective stones that is so aurally pleasing or visually inspirational to these singer-songwriters (perhaps because diamonds look like disco balls, and these people all secretly love this retro, lost art form?) Well, no need to analyze their musical motives; let’s just give a listen to some of the most recent diamond ditties to hit the scene (aka, Spotify).
Rihanna – We Found Love
Everyone’s favorite Caribbean Queen has dazzled again, this time paying tribute to the gloriously golden orb of the gem world: the yellow diamond. In her insanely catchy track “We Found Love,” RiRi dishes on how her and some unnamed (and lucky) gentleman were able to discover some sort of amorous bond in a highly unlikely and spiritually destitute location. A funky synth-organ beat from Calvin Harris and the rest is music gold…or, should we say, fancy vivid yellow diamonds.
Wildly popular lilliputian rapper Lil Wayne (known to his fans as “Weezy” – most likely because he’s a huge fan of the band Weezer) is not once to mince words. Here he leaves no doubt as to what are the two things that he is systematically seeking most in life; more than any other objects or genders out there.
Here we have a love ballad of sorts, where the immolated arcade crew describes a lover as having these gem-reminiscent ‘headlights,’ which one can assume means “eyes.” As said headlights approach, they bring the promise of all the glittering goodness inherent to diamonds. Sadly, once this car has metaphorically sailed by, the “Taillights burn like coals,” which can mean the singer was ‘burned’ (more fire symbolism), but also possibly has regressed a bit (as coals are thought to be the early form of diamonds …even though that is simply a myth). In any event, this is a super-meta song that shows just how bad love can scorch in a conflagration of searing beauty.
Ah, not to be confused with diamonds, plural, this track is about the one and only diamond in Jay-Z’s life. That’s right, his true Bae: himself. Mr. H to the Izz-O pontificates on this rap about how truly phenomenal his spitting skills are, amongst other accolades. The actual diamond referenced here is His Truly, and the self-aggrandizing is not wholly undeserved; it’s a shout-out to how his fans make a diamond shape with their hands at his concerts in an homage to his sparkling performances and hard-Roc-A-Fella spirit.
We now take a turn for the touching in this love inspired serenade from Thomas to his wife. Apparently she has a debilitating disease that affects her immune system, and this song was written to compliment her for her strength and bravery in facing it. Her tears seem to him like diamonds, indicating that what is inside her is simultaneously aesthetically beautiful and fundamentally hard. She sings on the tune as well, giving it even more emotional substance.
The Missouri native hits us with another gruffly sweet, yet epic folk tune, this one about diamond rings. Crow has seen her fair share of them over the years, as she has been proposed to three times. Hence, her collection of the things is quite extensive, relatively speaking. This song is supposedly about her break-up with performance-enhanced cyclist Lance Armstrong, but Crow never confirmed this tidbit of gossip. Either way, the track is pleasing to the ears, despite its slightly melancholic tone.
Ironically, there is nothing that lyrically commonplace when it comes to the One they Call Common. This track is rife with modest statements from the Chicago bred wordsmith, such as “I’m a rare diamond that’s hard to find, man,” and others that express that his time is ever so valuable as well “My time, man, precious like diamonds.” A Common misconception about diamonds (indelibly sung by Rihanna) is that they “shine,” when they simply reflect and refract light; this is further espoused here too: “Imma be shining til I die, man.”
Off the seminal 2015 album “Sundown Heaven Town,” this country gem illustrates the classic case of a couple that just doesn’t see eye to eye. The titular juxtaposition of what are presumably breathtakingly lovely engagement rings and beat up, dingy, beer soaked chairs is representative of the two warring lovers (fairly certain it’s ok to assume the lady in question is the dazzling diamond and the dude is the stinky stool). McGraw’s crooner cousin, Catherine Dunn, sings back up vocals on this jam, providing the “Coke” to this “watered down whiskey.”
An odd hybrid of sounds and styles, this mystical rock song details the “endless diamonds” of the world, which ostensibly are humans that were able to reach the pinnacle of their potential. It seems as if the narrator is some sort of deity or possibly an alien life form that is watching over these little sparkling entities called ‘people.’ The metal meets country meets Brit Rock flavor of this song is definitively indicative of the intriguingly diverse nature of the human race, and our eternally bright moments.
Fun loving English power-pop-punk posse Supergrass truly know how to have a good time. That’s the core essence of this bizarrely named track. According to the band, a Diamond Hoo Ha Man is a reckless chap who is always up for some shenanigans, a “really dodgy Fear and Loathing-type traveling salesman.” Whatever this phrase really means is immaterial; the bottom line is that this is a great term and should be used stateside from this day forth.