words by Lisa Brown
“To be honest, I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t want to do this.”
KILLY first stirred up viral buzz last year with his song “Killamonjaro,” raking in over 15 million YouTube views for its official video that was reportedly shot at a house party for $300. The Toronto rapper continued to ascend with the release of his followup track “Distance.” This month, KILLY shared his debut project Surrender Your Soul, putting his skills front and center with no additional artist features.
One of the project’s standout tracks is the Y2K-produced “No Sad No Bad”, which KILLY wrote after taking his first trip to Los Angeles. The rapper tells Genius that he was instantly impressed with the city upon arriving at the airport, and the song’s intro naturally popped into his head.
“I walk outside, the conditions are perfect,” he recalls. “The first thing I said, I remember as I was getting in the Uber lighting up the blunt. I was like, ‘Yo, there’s no way anyone could be sad here. This is like the perfect conditions.’ And then I just had the, ‘No sad, no bad days in LA,’ came into my head.”
KILLY previously broke down “Killamonjaro” for Verified, and he also sat down with Genius to dissect his follow-up hit. Watch him go line-for-line with “No Sad No Bad” in the video above, and check out past episodes, too.