Lil Baby Releases Latest FIFA World Cup 2022 Song And Samples Tears For Fears In ‘The World Is Your To Take’

In addition to glorious goals, breathtaking saves and daring duels, the World Cup also brings with it a certain rhythm.

From vuvuzelas humming in the South African breeze to the gentle sounds of bossa nova swirling through Rio’s neighborhoods, the beautiful game is usually backed by its own beautiful soundtrack during World Cup season.

This year is no exception. Atlanta-based rapper Lil Baby, who has climbed the charts with hits like “Yes Indeed,” “Drip Too Hard” and “We Paid,” has been recruited to add his name to the Qatar 2022 official soundtrack.

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To that end, he took a trip down memory lane and sampled Tears for Fears classic 1980s “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” in his latest release, “The World is Yours to Take” (Watch and listen to the single or listen to the full updated FIFA World Cup soundtrack).

The 4PF rapper also announced that he will be performing as part of the World Cup celebrations in Qatar this winter.

Here’s what you need to know about Baby, his career and the history of the World Cup songs.

who is lil baby

Lil Baby is an Atlanta rapper who has risen in popularity in recent years. With a melodious voice and unique vocal inflections, Baby – a student of Atlanta rap icon Young Thug – has become one of the most prominent rappers in the US, having worked with the likes of Drake, Gunna and Kanye West.

The Grammy winner was chosen as one of the main contributors to the 2022 World Cup soundtrack. On Thursday, he released a snippet of his latest song, “The World is Yours to Take.” The track features a “Tears for Fears” sample and Baby rocking a Budweiser chain. Because capitalism!

History of World Cup Anthems

World Cup songs and anthems are not a new idea. It’s been a part of the World Cup aura since the 1960s. This iteration of the competition, held in Chile, was set to music by Los Ramblers’ “El Rock del Mundial,” a tune created in an effort to generate interest in the tournament.

Since then numerous artists have used their songs during the World Cup.

Daryl Hall wrote the 1994 US anthem, Ricky Martin lent his vocals to France’s 1998 “La Copa de La Vida,” K’Naan’s refugee-inspired track “Wavin’ Flag” was remixed for South Africa 2010, as was Shakira’s throbbing one Melody “Waka-Waka.”

For 2022, FIFA is putting together a full soundtrack, with two more singles released previously and more to follow Lil Baby.

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List of past World Cup anthems

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