When you hear the term “The Wonder Years” your first thoughts are of the nostalgia-inducing sitcom starring Fred Savage, and more personally, any seminal point in your adolescence. So if you heard of a song with the same name, you’d assume it’d be about the good old days.
And you’d be right.
As the hook goes, “When I was a snot-nose, my papa told me, ‘all you got is family, son, soon you’ll see.”
Much like Kevin Arnold learned lessons from his gruff father, Chance the Rapper reflects on all the ways his dad taught him how to be a man. “Pull your pants up.” “Don’t wear no jewelry, that shit is handcuffs.”
Chicago R&B group The O’My’s and Chance the Rapper’s song, “Wonder Years” is a Motown-inspired song pining for weightless days of your summer adolescence. And for anyone who grew up in the Midwest, you know how summer has an especially fond place in your heart and memories, something the music, lyrics and accompanying video clearly articulate.
So get our your wireless speakers, fill a cooler with ice and affordable beer, take to the nearest sun-drenched rooftop or deck, blast this song and treat yo self the way you should.