Listen to Dope’s “1999,” a New Song About the Last Time Dope Was Considered Cool
Dope have released a new song called “1999,” which is the year the band released their debut album, Felons and Revolutionaries. This is not a coincidence: the opening lyrics to the song are, “Once I bled for revolution/fueled by a life of crime.” I know what you’re thinking: “That’s silly, because Dope didn’t start a revolution, and only one of their members was a criminal, and that dude isn’t even in the band anymore.” But I think we should allow for the possibility that they mean the music on Felons and Revolutionaries was a crime. See, this song has layers, y’all! A lot of it is open to interpretation.
Think I’m kidding? Just check out this thought-provoking stanza from the track:
Well I said fuck it
And you said fuck it
We all said fuck it
See what I mean? Move over Bob Dylan, here comes Edsel Dope!
That’s not to say the song’s lyrics are 100% interpretative poetry. Some of them are pretty straightforward, like the chorus:
I shoulda motherfucking died back in 1999
Hey dude, you said it, not us.