Wiz Khalifa’s song ‘No Social Media’ is the anti-‘Call Me Maybe’

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He wants to “take you to a private place with no social media.” Hey, sounds nice.

Social media has changed a lot about the way we conduct our relationships, and according to their new song Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg want to go back to a simpler time before flirtation happened over Instagram likes. It’s the anti-“Call Me Maybe,” if you will.

Last night on Khalifa’s birthday, the two released “No Social Media,” a nearly-four-minute-long jam about how he “just wants to fuck with you with no social media.” However, times being what they are, it was released on Soundcloud and Khalifa tweeted about it. What, did you expect a carrier pigeon with an MP3?

It may be the first rap song to make explicit reference to a selfie stick (“I don’t give a fuck how many likes you get / Fuck a selfie stick, suck a healthy dick”), and Snoop finds time to take a dig at TMZ. And while mostly it’s all about how they don’t need Twitter to have a good time, Khalifa raps how he’ll “take you to a private place with no social media” while Snoop implores you to “leave your purse and your phone.” It’s all well and good to not be tied to Snapchat all night, but please practice basic safety precautions, ladies!

In its continuing irony, the song has inspired a hashtag, where social media reactions have been mostly positive.

But what about the non-social media reactions? Shouldn’t those be what we’re paying attention to? And if so, how do we even find them anymore? If we don’t have a public opinion, is it an opinion at all? And if an artist writes a song about how social media is destroying relationships but promotes it through social media, do relationships even exist? Damn, Khalifa, dropping some existential quandaries on us.

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Jaya Saxena

Jaya Saxena

Jaya Saxena is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work focuses primarily on women's issues and web culture. Her writing has appeared in GQ, ELLE, the Toast, the New Yorker, Tthe Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Racked, Eater, Catapult, and others. She is the co-author of 'Dad Magazine,' the author of 'The Book Of Lost Recipes,' and the co-author of 'Basic Witches.'