With his debut album, 21st Century Liability, YUNGBLUD captured our hearts with introspective lyrics, trap beats, and a good dose of courage and spirit. He touched on important social problems, mental health, and more over the course of 12 exhilarating tracks that are still staples on most of our playlists. It set the stage for a new kind of rockstar to step into the spotlight, and he’s still going all these years later!
So let’s take a look back at some of our favorite moments of one of our favorite debuts of all time! We’re just as hyped as Dom is in this gif…
Content Warning: This article mentions gun violence and sexual assault, as topics within YUNGBLUD’s lyrics.
“I’m digging my own grave for the day, I decorate with pink socks and gold chains…”
We love a good nod to Dom‘s love for pink socks, so this lyric from ‘Die For The Hype’ had to make our list! The contrast between a grave and one of Dom’s favorite things gives this line an unsettling feel, which matches the song’s message about changing who you are or what you love to please others. He explained his intention behind this lyric on Genius:
People are made to feel so desperate for validation they’re almost willing to dig their own graves for something or someone that is actually irreverent to their own happiness and chasing something that can actually be out to harm them. I don’t understand it.
“Doctor, doctor, give me a remedy to a red button doomsday melody…”
Throughout 21st Century Liability, Dom makes several references to the state of the world and his fear for where it’s going. On ‘Doctor Doctor,’ he pleads for some kind of solution, even if it means having a lobotomy to cut part of his brain. Kinda dark, but it’s a prime example of how he uses shock value in his lyrics to raise awareness for important issues.
“All they do is analyze my mental health, I don’t give a f*ck about myself, you’re making us famous…”
Dom uses ‘Machine Gun (F**k The NRA)’ to raise awareness for gun violence in the U.S. and point out how backward the government can be in reacting to it. While guns are still accessible and easy for some people to find, some want to blame mental illness or other circumstances for mass shootings. We love that Dom constantly uses his platform to speak out about issues that concern him – he explained on Genius:
This is my comment on the government. They are so quick to blame mental health because it is the “easy thing to do.” No one sane or insane should be allowed to purchase an assault rifle. The NRA are literally funding weaponry, allowing it to be placed into hands of young people and providing an outlet to deal with anger often resulting in killing their friends, innocent people and making themselves famous in the crossfire.
“They chucked me off a cliff, but I’m still not dead…”
While much of ‘Anarchist’ comes from the perspective of someone in a situation without enough love, comfort, or a sense of safety, this line has become a battle cry of sorts for the Black Hearts Club. It’s become a statement of strength and perseverance in the face of adversity, and it’s helped so many fans through hard times.
“A version of Romeo and Juliet, this time with Adidas sneakers and cigarettes…”
The fan-favorite track ‘I Love You, Will You Marry Me’ is based on the story of Jason Lowe, who spraypainted the titular phrase on a bridge to propose to his girlfriend. She said yes, but the two never got married and she later died of cancer. We love how Dom not only showed his appreciation for Jason’s story, but also found a way to showcase the passion of it with a comparison to what might be one of the most well-known love stories of all time.
“She slurs when she speaks, but you hear what you want when she can’t even talk…”
Another song where Dom uses his platform for a worthy cause is ‘Polygraph Eyes,’ which speaks out about sexual assault and the importance of consent. This line really stands out to us because of the contrast between “you hear what you want” and “she can’t even talk,” which connects to how assailants ignore their victim’s lack of consent. Thank you to Dom for addressing such an important issue on this track!
Content Warning: The music video below mirrors the song’s focus on sexual assault and unwanted advances. Please watch with caution!
“Usually, I would listen to you, but when my future’s involved, I got a responsibility to sit down and think what I should do…”
After having so many songs about important social problems on the record, Dom explains why he’s so passionate about these issues on ‘California,’ where he calls out authority figures for not handling them before they affect our future. He shared on Genius:
This line reflects the intelligence of young people today. We are not just reactionary, ‘teenage brats rebelling against the establishment.’ We have so much access to information, we have the opportunities to become educated to the wrong doings in society and we speak freely about them, as we should be allowed to do.
What’s your favorite song on 21st Century Liability? Is there a certain lyric that really sticks out to you? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! And for more YUNGBLUD content, click here.