If you haven't been living under a rock, chances are you've heard the hit song "death bed (coffee for your head)" by Powfu. The track, which samples UK singer Beabadoobee's 2017 song "Coffee," has racked up over two and a half billion streams on TikTok and YouTube, making it one of the biggest hits of the year so far.
The song tells the story of a man on his death bed addressing his lover as they reminisce about their life together. The lyrics express his fears of death, love for her, and disappointment that they won't be able to grow old together. Despite these feelings, he still feels 'blessed' to have her as his partner in the first place.
Powfu is a Vancouver-born 21-year-old who grew up making music with his family, but found his own style when he discovered the genre of lo-fi hip-hop. He started posting his beats online and rapping over them, eventually landing a spot in the viral "Coffee" remix alongside popular artists such as Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X. The song's success has given him a taste of the new model for music stardom that doesn't necessarily rely on record deals or even mainstream radio airplay to find its audience. It's a trend that many young musicians are taking advantage of as the way we consume music changes. For more on this topic, check out our article on the new way to make money from music.