Dominic Fike & Zendaya, “Elliot’s Song”
After linking up for “Jump” and “Thug of Spades” in 2020, DaBaby and YoungBoy Never Broke Again — two gifted rappers with tumultuous experiences in the public eye — have joined forces for Better Than You, their first collaborative project that carries an us-against-the-world energy. The dynamic between the two star MCs shines on songs like the synth-drenched “Turbo” and the fast, furious “Hit,” as YoungBoy takes his unhinged flow to a higher register and DaBaby hunkers down on lean, effective bars.
One mustn’t need to know the inner machinations of Euphoria plot lines and character arcs to appreciate “Elliot’s Song,” Dominic Fike’s fragile new song alongside co-star Zendaya, featured in the season finale of the smash series and the newly released season 2 soundtrack. Heard as an open-hearted conversation turned sing-along between Elliot and Rue, the cavernous track proves emotionally affecting… as it does as simply a vulnerable moment for Fike and Zendaya, both wildly talented double threats.