While I do hold contempt for hipsters and hipster culture, I acknowledge good work when I see it or hear it…so, in a way, yes, hipsters are allowed when they create dope shit. “Ride or Die” by the Knocks (featuring Foster the People) is a dope-ass record that gives major summertime beach vibes (or rooftop vibes for people like me that hate the beach). The lyrics are exactly the kind of carefree and yet melodramatic words we like to hear in the summer:
I know we’re getting older, but that don’t mean it’s over
I know we’re getting sober, but that’s not on my mind
If you like a song that makes you two-step while you introspect, this is your jam.
The production gives you a retro feel, so fittingly, the video is all nostalgia everything, spoofing a number of classic movies from the ’80 and ’90s, including White Men Can’t Jump, Pulp Fiction, Rocky, Wayne’s World and Men in Black. Watch the clip below.
PS: Making EDM while maintaining a hipster aesthetic is oxymoronic as hell, but we will table that discussion for another day. Today, let’s focus on this gem of a song.