“Panda” by Desiigner

“Panda” by Desiigner

Released: December 20, 2015.

Re-released: February 26, 2016.

#1 for 2 weeks. (May 1-14)

Genre: Trap

Length: 4:08

Label: Def Jam 

Writer(s):  -Sidney Selby III (Desiigner)  -Adnan Khan

Producer(s):  -Menace

Certifications: Platinum

My Thoughts:

Score: 7.5/10

I like the production and Desiigner’s flow. For a newbie it’s a good and different start. How many popular songs can you name that use the word ‘Panda’ as the bridge?

What is he referring to with the word “Panda”? —-  A White BMW X6 Phantom.


So we now know what car he likes to whip down the Ave.

I’m sure most people don’t know what he’s saying, neither did I. But “Panda” is very popular. Let’s think about it for a second. A song reaches #1, yet the bulk of listeners can’t make out the lyrics.

That means the song emotionally impacts people. “Panda” makes you feel a certain way even if you have a hard time understanding Desiigner’s rapping. It might make one feel strong, aggressive, cool, or a mixture of all three.

However, let’s not remain clueless about the lyrics. To help us out here is Desiigner himself reading his lyrics slowly on a Genius video:

Now we can appreciate the cleverness of the references he managed to interlace throughout the song.

For full notes and annotations of “Panda” go to Genius.com. *Link at the bottom of this page.

Desiigner (Sidney Royel Selby III) was born in 1997 (only 19 years old!). He’s from Brooklyn, NY.

He first released “Panda” on Dec. 15, 2015, through SoundCloud, youtube and iTunes. It was re-released on Feb. 26 2016.

Desiigner signed a recording contract with Kanye West’s record label “GOOD Music” on Feb. 11, 2016.

West also sampled “Panda” in his song “Pt. 2” on his album “The Life of Pablo.”

Mike Dean (record producer) on May 5, 2016, announced he would be executive producing Desiigner’s upcoming debut album, “The Life of Desiigner.”

Desiigner has to make sure he plays his cards right. If he wants to have a long musical career, as most musicians do, then this is crunch time. I’m sure Desiigner is already hard at work on a follow-up single. I hope it’s just as good. Otherwise, he will be known as the one-hit-wonder-rapper who sang that song “Panda” in 2016.

Fun Factoids:

One day, while playing Grand Theft Auto V, Desiigner had the inspiration/vision to write “Panda.”

Menace (producer of “Panda”) sold Desiigner the beat for $200. The DC Comics character the Joker inspired Menace to create this production.


“Top 3 In the Pocket” Roundtable Opinions:


Score: 5/10    “Personally, I’m not a fan of hardcore rap, so I’m not a huge fan of this song, but I have to say, it does have a nice beat.”  -Taryn Candy. 


Score: 10/10    “I can honestly say this song makes me feel like a gangster.”  -Incognito Gurl. 


Score: 5/10    “I like the whole spiel but not as much as I like that I can’t understand any of the lyrics, since they’re probably pretty offensive.”  -Margie Ricchezza.


Average rating: 6.7 /10


Favorite Lyrics:

1.    “Panda, Panda, Panda, Panda, Panda, Panda, Panda.”

His deep voice kinda hypnotizes me and makes me laugh at the same time.

2. “I got broads in Atlanta”

I don’t have broads in Atlanta (nor do I want to). I actually was born in Atlanta, though. No, I am not one of Desiigner’s broads. I must admit this cocky statement is fun to say.


3. “Pop a Perc, I can’t stand up.”

Desiigner is referring to the opioid drug Percocet. It is a depressant that can leave you drowsy, sleepy, or, in high doses, incapable of standing up. The imagery makes this a funny line.

4. “Goin’ out like I’m Montana.”

The mobster Tony Montana was the main character in the movie Scarface. So whether you’re dying like he died, or hitting the town like he did, it’s gonna be cinematic.


5. “Man I’m the macho like Randy.”

He’s talking about the WWF wrester, Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage. In a moment of confidence anyone feels really butch rapping along to that.



Video of Kevin Hart doing his best at covering part of “Panda” on a BBC 1Xtra radio Interview:

Here ‘s a link to the full lyrics found on Genius.com:





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