The production powerhouse trio, Major Lazer, dropped a surprise six-track EP today entitled Know No Better. The title track features Travis Scott, Quavo, and Camila Cabello. It comes equipped with a music video with the lyrics laid out like subtitles.
Led by Diplo, Major Lazer produces with extreme clarity and precision. The title track opens with melancholic piano chords that give the song a pensive introduction. We hear Travis Scott’s signature ad lib, “Straight up!” Then, the doleful piano chords become a marching order, as four-on-the-floor dance beats kick in, driving the song forward. Scott delivers his bars in a rapid-fire fashion, rapping, “Wild ones, like we fresh out the cage / Showtime, baby, fresh off the stage.” Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony provides a more calm, human voice to ground the track into the somber place it began. The hook sounds like typical Dilpo — ridiculously catchy vocal samples chopped, pitched, and diced around in rhythmic patterns. Quavo comes in right as the song shifts tempo to a more downtempo, hazy trap anthem. Lyrically, the Migos frontman keeps his bars simple: “I make her ride Mercedes / I can afford the latest / Baby ignore the ratings / Cause pull up, we pump up, we raging.”
The surprise Know No Better EP is an eclectic and sunny body of work, full of contrasting contributors. It boasts features from dancehall stars Sean Paul, Busy Signal, and Konshens appear. It also embraces reggaeton and Afrobeats with features from J Balvin, Jidenna, Machel Montano, Ice Prince, and Patoranking. While the EP is feature-heavy, it retains the signature Major Lazer sound that Diplo has crafted for the super trio.
Earlier this year, Major Lazer dropped another all-star single, “Run Up,” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj. Prior to that, the group collaborated with Justin Bieber and MØ on the song, “Cold Water.” Listen to the Know No Better EP below.