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Forget catchy, After the Storm is straight-up soulful

Forget catchy, “After the Storm” is straight-up soulful

You know that Kali Uchis song with Tyler, the Creator and the legendary Bootsy Collins? The one that always pops on playlists when you need a little sunshine? That’s “After the Storm,” and honestly, it’s pure magic. This track from her 2018 album “Isolation” isn’t just about a catchy beat – it’s about finding that light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s unpack this song now!

“After the Storm”: Yeah, It’s About Tough Times, But It’s Also About Finding Your Power

After the Storm Yeah- It's About Tough Times- But It's Also About Finding Your Power
After the Storm Yeah- It’s About Tough Times- But It’s Also About Finding Your Power
We all go through those rough patches, right? Kali Uchis gets that. Her song “After the Storm” (the one with Tyler, the Creator and Bootsy Collins) is all about riding out those metaphorical storms and finding that strength inside yourself. It dropped back on her “Isolation” album, but the message still hits hard.

The Heart of the Song

  • Own Your Strength: Uchis starts off strong: “If you need a hero, just look in the mirror.” Forget waiting around, it’s about finding your own power.
  • Tyler’s Real Talk: He gets personal, admitting he “Took some time off the grid…” to figure things out. Sometimes you gotta take that step back to move forward.
  • Bootsy = Pure Optimism: His lines, like “Ain’t no rain without the sunshine,” are a straight-up dose of hope when you need it most.

Digging Deeper

“After the Storm” isn’t pretending life’s easy. But guess what? It’s not trying to leave you feeling down either. Uchis knows the sun always follows the rain – that’s what the whole chorus is about. Tyler owns up to his past struggles then straight-up says, “Now I’m harder than ever.” That’s growth. That’s the power that comes after the storm passes.

“After the Storm”: Lyrics That Actually Mean Something

Okay, “After the Storm” isn’t just about catchy beats (though Bootsy Collins definitely brings the funk). Kali Uchis and Tyler, the Creator get real in this song, talking about wanting change, facing struggles, and finding that inner strength.

Kali’s Restless Heart

Uchis starts things off with that whole “I hate that sometimes I can’t go home…” line. Feels relatable, right? Like you want something more, something that makes you feel alive.

Tyler Goes Deep

Then Tyler jumps in, talking about feeling “better than ever ’cause your umbrella, -brella”. Okay, so it’s a weird metaphor, but it’s like…he’s found that protection and strength inside himself. He’s been through the storm, and he’s come out stronger.

The Power of the Song

Honestly, this is why music hits so hard sometimes. These lyrics, the funky beat – they remind you that you’re not alone in wanting more out of life, or in facing those tough times. And yeah, that good days always follow the bad.
Want to check out the full lyrics? They’re worth digging into…
Ah
Whatever goes around
Eventually comes back to you
So you gotta be careful, baby
And look both ways
Before you cross my mind
Did you ever wonder?
Yeah, do you ever wonder
What he might be going through?
On his own and
The demons that he’s facing alone
I hate that sometimes I can’t go home
And it ain’t just the same on the phone, no
But everybody’s gotta go on
Don’t they? (Yes, we do, baby)
So if you need a hero (if you need a hero)
Just look in the mirror (just look in the mirror)
No one’s gonna save you now
So you better save yourself
And everybody’s hurting
Everybody’s going through it
But you just can’t give up now
‘Cause you gotta save yourself (Yeah, I gotta hang on)
The sun’ll come out
Nothing good ever comes easy
I know times are rough
But winners don’t quit
So don’t you give up
The sun’ll come out
But we’ve been struggling endless days
Someday we’ll find the love
‘Cause after the storm’s
When the flowers bloom
Kali, what you mean?
I take it offensive
‘Cause I’m the hottest flower boy
That popped up on the scene
Feeling better, better than ever
‘Cause your umbrella, -brella (bright)
Sun is beaming on me like headlights beaming on Bambi
Now let’s pretend the street is the room
And you are a Camry
‘Cause your drama candid
The Tito to my Randy
Now let’s produce some thrillers
My chocolate wit’ yo vanilla, uh
The sun’ll come out
Nothing good ever comes easy
I know times are rough
But winners don’t quit
So don’t you give up
The sun’ll come out
But we’ve been struggling endless days
Someday we’ll find the love
‘Cause after the storm
I know it’s hard
But do you even really try?
Maybe you could understand
When all you had to do was ask
And just open your mind
When everything is passing by
And all you had to do was try
Yeah, all you had to was try
Try, try, try, try, try
All you had to do was try
Try, try, try, try

“After the Storm”: More Than Just a Catchy Tune

After the Storm More Than Just a Catchy Tune
After the Storm More Than Just a Catchy Tune
This track is a low-key masterpiece. Kali Uchis’ vocals? Hypnotic. Tyler, the Creator’s lyrics? Thoughtful and sharp. And Bootsy Collins? The bassline alone is a lesson in funk mastery. They’re all working on another level here.

Why You’ll Be Hitting Repeat

  • Genre-bending done right: It’s got pop’s sweetness, but the kind that lingers. Hip-hop’s honesty, but without feeling heavy. And of course, Bootsy’s signature funk keeps your body moving.
  • That irresistible rhythm: It’s simple but so effective. Earworm territory for sure, but you’ll find yourself analyzing it too—there’s a surprising depth to it.
  • It feels genuine: There’s a realness to the production. It’s polished, but not plastic. Like, this could be someone’s actual experience put to music.

The Meaning Behind the Music

Don’t be fooled by the laid-back beat. The message is about finding hope amidst the storm— about knowing the sun will come out again. That kind of resilience hits different.

“After the Storm”: More Than Just a Good Song

Okay, maybe “After the Storm” didn’t blow up the charts, but who cares? This track hit differently. Critics recognized the magic in the way these artists came together, and its message of hope really resonated with a whole scene. If you’re into alternative R&B, it probably popped up on your radar for a reason.

Why it has staying power

  • We ALL need this message sometimes: Life throws curveballs, right? This song reminds you that you’re not alone, and that even in dark times, things get better.
  • It just feels good: The beat gets into your bones, the melody sticks in your head, and it leaves you feeling a little lighter. Music’s supposed to do that!
  • It hits that sweet spot: Kali’s voice is soulful, Tyler’s lyrics get real, and Bootsy? Classic funk vibes. They each bring something special.

The takeaway

“After the Storm” shows that music can be more than just a catchy tune. It’s a little dose of sunshine, wrapped in soulful sounds and honest words – a reminder that after the rain, the sun always comes back out. That’s why people still connect with this track.
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