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Listen to Ladé’s “Adulthood Anthem”: Re-Upped

By Donna-Claire Chesman on

Welcome back to Re-Upped, the weekly Audiomack editorial series dedicated to spotlighting the most important songs across genres and across the globe. For a playlist of all Re-Upped selections, click here. Enjoy the vibes.

Ladé — “Adulthood Anthem”

Everything about Ladé’s cheeky viral hit “Adulthood Anthem” feels relatable. Inspired by the lack of blueprint for being an adult, the great scam of being on your own and responsible for yourself, Ladé’s single is a reminder you have to hustle for yourself because no one’s going to hustle for you. The Nigerian singer-songwriter released the tune in early June, and in the weeks since, it’s become a go-to TikTok sound.

“Adulthood Anthem” plays out just under three minutes, with a sticky hook. The easy narrative of the song shows off Ladé’s chops as a perceptive writer. Her sweet voice makes a bemoaning tune sound closer to a celebration. “Adulthood na scam” is the three-word anthemic call of 2022.


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