Lil Yachty is a mumble rap god, and he’s not just talking about himself. He’s a prolific creator of viral songs that become earworms and then inspire memes. His latest offering, “Poland,” is no exception. It’s the rapper’s ode to lean, the intoxicating libation that uses codeine cough syrup as one of its main ingredients.
Produced by F1LTHY, a producer who’s been behind some of the more intensely synth-heavy songs in Playboi Carti’s discography, “Poland” is as intoxicating as it is cryptic. Over a churning beat that wouldn’t be out of place on a future Yachty album, the Mableton-based rapper croons, “I took the Wooock to Poland.” The “Wooock” is likely a reference to Wockhardt, an Indian company famous for its promethazine with codeine cough syrup, which is often mixed with soft drinks or candy for a quick, euphoric high.
The lyrics offer a glimpse into a troubled, possibly even dangerous state of mind that may have led to the creation of this inescapable catchy hit. The repetitive nature of the song’s chorus suggests a cycle, a constant journey to Poland in search of escape.