Playlist: Tales from Second Floor McBride

By Jacqueleen Eng ’19

Long side second floor McBride is many things. Purgatory? A frat house? A dysfunctional grow operation? Certainly, but no matter how chaotic it may get, there’s something oddly endearing about living here.

My room happens to be nestled in the corner between another double and the infamous gender neutral bathroom. Originally a men’s bathroom, only the guys regularly use it—not only because some protested its gender neutrality, but because it’s gross. There’s a maintenance worker here at least once a week fixing a toilet or the sink, and there’s routinely sad cans of Natty Ice forlorn in the shower and suspicious half-eaten jars of salsa on the shelf. In typical teenage fashion, most of second floor plays music in the shower (and everywhere else), and I happen to have the advantage of not only hearing each song, but I’m so close I can Shazam it! Here are some typical tunes:

Travis Scott – Antidote

I hear this at least once every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but also, during the week if Second Floor feels inclined. (Second Floor is now its own entity.) Personally, I’m more of a fan of “90210” off Scott’s Rodeo, but I guess not everyone appreciates that beat switch.


Aer – Make Do

I briefly entertained the thought of going to an Aer concert freshman year of high school. That’s where I’m at with Aer. I think the chorus accurately describes Second Floor— where whoever is even in Aer sings, “let’s get high and chill” eight times.


Drake – Back To Back

When What A Time To Be Alive dropped, “Jumpman” and “Big Rings” were popular picks also. Most recently, I’ve heard this particular Drake song as well as his new single “Summer Sixteen.” I’m a bit unsure about the new sound Drake has going on with his new tracks, and I propose some Take Care-era Drizzy just to switch it up a bit.



Post Malone – White Iverson

I heard Social Board could have gotten Post Malone to play the fall concert instead of Twista. If that’s true, then they would have pleased Second Floor because this song seems to possess some magical ability that prevents it from getting old. It doesn’t! It gets old! I propose Post Malone’s other song, “Too Young” that only has about six million plays on Spotify as opposed to the 94 million the ode to Allen has.


Chance The Rapper – Angels (feat. Saba)

I admit I’m still mildly into this song. Almost everyone is a fan of Chance and is waiting for him to drop his next project since it’s been three whole years since the universally-loved Acid Rap. 


Future – Purple Reign

While my favorite Future track probably has to be “The Percocet and Stripper Joint,” this one is just as lean-y.


Ty Dolla $ign – Blasé (feat. Future and Rae Sremmurd)

I’m pretty into this one, too. I identify with the amount of bottles of rosé Future and Ty purchased, and I especially enjoy the shout out to Nate Dogg.


Chris Brown, Tyga – Bitches n Marijuana (feat. ScHoolboy Q)

Is it morally acceptable to call yourself a fan of Chris Brown? Because I frequently bump this in the Uber, but it’s one of those things that keeps me up at night.


J. Cole – She Knows

Can someone say claaaassic? As someone who is not a huge J. Cole fan, this one’s pretty good, and I maybe kind of like it when I hear someone blasting it in the shower at 8 am when my first class is a 12:10?


Rae Sremmurd – Throw Sum More

I love this song, Sremmlife might be in my top ten albums of 2015, and I don’t care who knows. *Slim Jimmy…*


Fetty Wap – RGF Island

I am Fetty Wap’s #1 fan. We are both from New Jersey. There is a line from “679” in my Tinder bio. Is it money or is it me?

Some final thoughts: I’d like to hear some more classic rap, and I am very surprised at how seldom I hear “Fight Night” by Migos.

There you are. All of your suspicions of Second Floor being a stereotypical, rowdy college dorm have been confirmed by this playlist. I’d also like to point out that I have a playlist titled “swag” that features most of these songs. Recently, I have been trying to figure out what I did to deserve to be put in this hall. I have figured it out. I like just as much mainstream rap as the next frat boy. I am just as bad.


I’d also maybe like to apologize to my neighbors (who I spoke to the first time this weekend), because these songs are almost all definitely on your playlists.

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