A Luxurious Loss | “Smokin Out The Window” by Silk Sonic


Paige Drob, Training Director

Precisely one week ago Silk Sonic, a duo consisting of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, released their highly anticipated — or at least highly anticipated by me — album, An Evening With Silk Sonic. What a wonderful evening it was.

I had a really hard time choosing a single song for this Jam of the Day. This album is chocked full of smooth and funky bangers. “Fly As Me” and “777” made a lasting impact on my ears, but nothing could top the album’s third single “Smokin Out The Window.”

This song is both funny and funky, an ode to drama. Both Mars and .Paak delve into the details of romance gone wrong. A romance where they spoiled a woman — and her kids apparently — but got left in the cold because “she belong to everybody.”

Mars details how he spent mass amounts of money on grand jewelry, and allowed her kids to run about — and quite possibly destroy — his home in the first verse:

“Must’ve spent thirty-five, forty-five thousand up in Tiffany’s (Oh no) /
Got her badass kids runnin’ ’round my whole crib /
Like it’s Chuck E. Cheese (Woah, woah) /

Put me in a jam with her ex-man in the UFC /
Can’t believe it (Can’t believe it) /
I’m in disbelief.”

Paak focuses on the loss in a more forlorn way as opposed to Mars who seemed more shocked and angry. Paak looks to the past love and lust and pleads for new love:

“Just the other night, she was grippin’ on me tight /
Screamin’, “Hercules” (Hercules, Hercules) /
Got me in the club lookin’ for a new love /
Someone help me, please (Help me, please, help me, please).”

He then delves into my favorite line of the song — the Chuck E. Cheese line falls a close second:

“Baby, why you doin’ this? Why you doin’ this to me, girl? /
Not to be dramatic, but I wanna die.”

At this point of the music video — which I think is a must-watch — .Paak pretends to faint and remains visibly on the ground for the entire pre-chorus and then pops back up just in time to join Mars in the performance of the chorus.

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have proven to be a true dynamic duo with the release of this album. It feels impossible not to smile listening to their ’70s inspired groove that overflows with personality. Silk Sonic is unapologetically nostalgic and stands out in the 2021 music scene. Mars and .Paak have something truly special, and I hope to hear more. “Smokin Out The Window” will have a place in my playlists for many years to come.