Summer hit alert! I heard Norwegian hip-hop duo Nico & Vinz’s song “Am I Wrong” for the first time on the radio on Friday, and it instantly knocked me on my butt with its ridiculous amount of pure awesomeness. “Am I Wrong” was originally released over a year ago in Europe, and went on to become a huge hit in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Now, Nico & Vinz (formerly known as Envy) are well on their way to taking over the United States, as well.
Currently, “Am I Wrong” sits at number 11 on the U.S. iTunes chart, and it’s already almost top 20 at radio. Could this song be our next massive summer hit? I think so! With a great beat, infectious melody, and emotionally charged lyrics, “Am I Wrong” is exactly the kind of hip-pop track rapper Drake wishes he had recorded. Just give the song one spin and I guarantee you’ll be hooked.
On “Am I Wrong,” Nico & Vinz sing about living life on their own terms, regardless of what other people say or think. On the one hand, it’s more or less the exact same message you hear in every original Glee song. On the other hand, who doesn’t need a little reminder every now and then to feel confident in their life and their choices? Exactly.
On the song’s first verse, Vinz is still questioning the way he’s living:
Am I wrong for thinking out the box from where I stay?
Am I wrong for saying that I choose another way?
I ain’t tryin’ to do what everybody else doin’
Just ‘cause everybody doin’ what they all do
If one thing I know, I’ll fall but I’ll grow
I’m walking down this road of mine, this road that I call home
The song’s rolling beat really kicks in just as Vinz launches into the ridiculously addictive chorus:
So am I wrong for thinking that we could be something for real?
Now am I wrong for trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
That’s just how I feel…
Listeners are introduced to Nico on the song’s second verse, which has a decidedly more empowering feel to it than the first:
Am I trippin’ for having a vision?
My prediction? I’mma be on top of the world
Walk the walk and don’t look back
Always do what you decide
Don’t let them control your life...
I know, I know, when it comes to lyrical content, “Am I Wrong” is a bit cheesy, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: all the best pop music is. Beyond kind of sounding like a Drake track, “Am I Wrong” definitely reminds me of Jamaican singer Wayne Wonder’s mesmerizing 2003 hit, “No Letting Go,” too. Can’t you see yourself cruising down an open road with the windows open, just blasting this song? I know I can.
Oh, and it certainly doesn’t hurt “Am I Wrong’s” chances that Nico & Vinz are two incredibly handsome guys. Seriously. Check out the music video below and see for yourself! Something tells me we’re going to be hearing “Am I Wrong” a lot on the radio in the coming months, and I’m pretty excited about that.