Nessa Barret and jxdn (pronounced like Jayden, just spelled cooler!) have teamed up for a collaboration produced by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. As a result, the alternative pop single “la di die” was born.
The opening of the song sounds similar to Gabby Barret and Charlie Puth’s “I Hope”, but gets a lot more alt-rock sounding as it goes along. The addition of 808 beats, and Nessa and jxdn’s voices coming together to create a beautiful melody only add to this absolute banger of a song.
“La di die” makes references to Nessa’s mental health, and the struggles of fame at a young age. At only 18 years old, she has surpassed nearly 20 million followers on TikTok. As much as she dreamed of moving to California to pursue a music career, it doesn’t come without struggles.
Barret makes a reference to “The 27 Club”, singing how she has nine more years until she joins it. The 27 Club is a reference to famous musicians such as Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and Janis Joplin who died at age 27, most of them due to drug overdoses or suicides. Nessa says that if she meets the same fate that these artists did, it will be because of all of the pressure of stardom placed on her at such a young age.
In the first verse, Nessa sings that she “has a bully in [her] head”, a reference to her bipolar disorder diagnosis, which she has been open about with her fans. jxdn sings “My depression and misconceptions/ And all the mistakes that lead to lessons/ My depression, it makes me question…” jxdn is 20 years old, and has also gone through the same thing as Barret by becoming famous at such a young age.
Nessa Barret and jxdn’s intentions with “la di die” is to make people aware that “sometimes the hardest situation is the one that seems perfect. Don’t ever be afraid to let people know you aren’t where you wanna be”. If you feel that way in your life right now, know that you are not alone. Even celebrities aren’t exempt from these feelings.
If you or someone you know is looking for emotional support or you are worried about their mental health, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for 24/7 free and confidential support.