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If you have not been able to tell by now, I absolutely love music. It does not matter what genre it is or who it is by. If it’s a good song, it’s a good song. Another fact about me? My roommates like to say I am the queen of “unpopular opinions.” Some of those include my favorite High School Musical being the third one or the fact that because I do not like milk, I have dipped chocolate chip cookies in plain water. So, what does this have to do with music? Well, I am writing this to come out with my newest (may be popular to some) unpopular opinion: Lil Huddy’s music is not bad -in fact, it’s pretty good.

              For those of you who do not know who Lil Huddy is, his real name is Chase Hudson, and he got famous on TikTok, now having over 20 million followers. Most of his fans are younger kids such as high schoolers or kids in middle school, and I never really got the hype. Sure, he would come up on my FYP every now and then, but to me, he and his TikTok gang were just a different generation's version of Magcon. He was purely just an attractive guy making TikToks with his friends who got famous out of the blue—not really my style on my FYP. To be honest, I forgot about him. And I hadn’t really seen much of him until Machine Gun Kelly released the trailer for his movie, Tickets to my Downfall. And who was the star of it? Lil Huddy.

              Being a huge Machine Gun Kelly fan, the moment the video came out, I watched it—and I was impressed. The guy on the screen acting out MGK’s album was not the same guy I would see dancing every now and then on my FYP. Once he got my attention through that, I saw that he, too, was releasing his own song. I had no idea this man was even a singer, let alone a more pop-punk-sounding singer. As much as I did not want to admit it at the time, I was looking forward to hearing Chase’s real vocals and seeing what he had to bring to the table. One week after the premiere of the video, Chase released his first single, “21st Century Vampire,” which was followed a month later with “The Eulogy of You and Me,” which was co-written and produced by Travis Barker. These first two songs were anything but what I was expecting. They were upbeat, had that old pop-punk sound, and as much as I was scared to admit it—they were good. The lyrics made sense, and I found myself singing along to them in the car while slowly adding them to all my Spotify playlist. Lil Huddy gained a fan in me with those two songs, but I had no idea the next song he was going to release was going to be even better.

             “America’s Sweetheart” was released at the end of April and featured none other than his ex, Charli D’Amelio, in the music video. When I first saw the promo for it, I did not have high hopes. He already had two good songs, and that was more than I thought. I was preparing myself for disappointment. But then I heard the one lyric, “I’m the bad guy, and your America’s sweetheart,” and I was obsessed. The lyrics and meaning behind the video are something I never thought a TikTok star was capable of. And I feel like I owe Lil Huddy an apology. It is an amazing song.

             So, the moral of this is to not be so quick to judge new music if it comes from someone you did not expect. I know good music when I hear it, and Lil Huddy did impress me with what he released. Of course, he is still starting out and learning his way, but for an 18-year-old kid who got famous from TikTok, he is doing pretty good. I know people my age are going to be skeptical, but take my word on this—his songs are catchy & he gained a fan in me.

Houston, Texas music enthusiast
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