Behind the Lyrics: GloRilla’s Most Underrated Songs


Sep. 18 2023, Updated 10:43 a.m. ET

In 2022, Memphis-born American rapper, Gloria Woods aka GloRilla blew through the rap music industry with popular hit songs such as “F.N.F. {Let’s Go),” “Tomorrow,” and “Blessed.” The 24-year-old appeared to become an overnight sensation with other celebrities filmed singing and dancing to her songs and people all over the country performing popular dance routines to TikTok.

Despite the hype, the performer has been making music and recording videos since 2019. However, following her award-winning and trailblazing stride into the female rap industry in 2022, she has seemed to fall from the public eye. Alas, the young talent continues to create songs and film music videos. Let’s explore some recent underrated songs by the rap artist.


This confidence-boosting song “POPPIN S**T” dropped in 2020 a couple of months after the start of the pandemic. The deep, iconic voice that her fans are used to is not displayed in this song. It almost doesn’t sound like her. It is heavily autotuned but still manages to portray the message of being yourself and not allowing a man to stop your shine.

This song represents a timeline of where GloRilla started as a breakout artist still searching for her voice and image. For the song's cover, she is dressed akin to a pimp with a top hat and cane. At present, she sports more of a feminine look that compliments her features.

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“Westside Baby”

This authentic music video for “Westside Baby” premiered in 2021 and featured GloRilla’s bar flow and ambition before her big blowup. The video occurred in her home state of Tennessee and featured several community members, including pre-teen children. The video featured her middle school, Westside Middle School, where she recently gifted $20,000 to the fine arts department.

The song lyrics pay homage to her hometown and showcase her pride in Memphis. ‘Ni*** thinkin' I'm from overseas or some shit. Whole time I'm from Memphis, ho, I'm from Frazier. Westside baby to be exact 3812’ The chorus highlights her independence without a man and her desire to chase her dream with rapping. Honestly, the song flowed with a catchy beat and foreshadowed her upcoming success.

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“Gang Nem”

This inspiring song about friendships and loyalty dropped in 2021 and featured a cover that showed a GloRilla cut-out image, surrounded by her girlfriends' cut-out images. Although there isn’t a music video for “Gang Nem,” the lyrics are enough to make anyone want to rap along. “Countin' hundreds, gettin' money, thuggin' with the gang 'nem (On the gang) Gang 'nem, I be with the gang 'nem Takin' ni***s, breakin' ni***s, swear I love my gang 'nem.”

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The song’s focus is on sticking with her gang through anything and making moves with her gang to be successful together. The premise was to put the gang first over anything and always protect one another. It was a great song about focusing on friendships, not toxic relationships. We can’t wait to see what track GloRilla drops next!

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