This song epitomises that desperate feeling of hearing something in a movie or TV show, and urgently grasping at your phone to type in all the random lyrics you can remember to find a name for said tune.
I should have been expecting this when watching the music drama The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann’s and Nas’ brand new television epic. Get taken to the Bronx in the late 70s, and witness the transition from disco to hip hop. Seriously, the first ep is an hour and a half long. Strap yourself in.
‘Cadillac’ appears on the soundtrack to The Get Down, which came out in August, the same day as the show itself’s premiere on Netflix. As Luhrmann states, “This album is an introduction to the many musical genres and styles that can be heard in The Get Down, which is really a story of New York in the late 70’s, an incredibly fertile time of creativity amid chaos”. And the show really cut no corners when it came to ensuring the original music lived up to expectations, considering the soundtrack also features artists Christina Aguilera, Zayn, Michael Kiwanuka, Leon Bridges, Jaden Smith, Raury and Janelle Monáe.
You gotta admire it when a brand pays nothing to get mass promoted in something like a song title, destined to exist forever in pop culture world, as ‘Cadillac’ has. Frank Ocean ‘Nikes’ springs to mind as another recent track. Sticking with the car brands, Lamborghini Murciélago in Kanye West‘s ‘Mercy’ and also Snoop Dogg’s ‘Ridin’ In My Chevy’. With cars being the ultimate status symbol in this world, it’s no surprise.
‘Cadillac’ samples British 70s soul band Hot Chocolate’s ‘Heaven is in the Backseat of my Cadillac’, speeding racecar strings included. While ‘Heaven is in the Backseat of my Cadillac’ is slightly more explicit, Miguel’s lyrics are a bit more hint hint, nudge nudge, backed up with a sprinkle of saxophone and a driving rhythm. It’s Miguel at his delicious finest.
Heaven is really in the smoothness that is Miguel, and he can take us there.