Ed Sheeran is very happily married, in case you were wondering. 2019 is proving to be a loaded year for music, with many top-tier artists dropping singles left and right — but our favorite British redhead knows what matters most. With a little help from Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock, Sheeran took some time to honor their leading ladies in “Cross Me,” the second single from the latter’s upcoming album, No.6 Collaborations Project.
The song arrives on the heels of “I Don’t Care,” a bouncy declaration of love that features fellow newlywed Justin Bieber (and a wonky music video). The “Perfect” singer is no stranger to love songs and heartfelt ballads, but “Cross Me” takes Sheeran down a more hip hop-influenced route. It’s a testament to the fact that his voice can make you swoon no matter what the genre.
The production work benefits from a steady drum pattern and atmospheric, sweeping synths. It sets itself up for the seamless transition between Sheeran’s charming crooning and the rappers’ unapologetic verses. Chance holds back no punches, reminding us that “No one say hi to me without her // Better pay your respect to the queen,” and that you “Gotta respect the HBIC.” The musicians are very much off the market and reminding everyone of the love and recognition that their ladies deserve.
While the aforementioned artists are busy worshipping their lovers, it appears that PnB Rock makes a subtle nod at another important lady in his life: his daughter Milan. In the pre-chorus, PnB chimes in with “Don’t worry about her that’s my seed, dawg that’s all me // Just know if you cross her then you cross me.” As a matter of fact, most of the hook is derived from Rock’s 2017 song, “Pressure,” and you can catch the recycled lyrics at the 1:15 mark.
Ed Sheeran has a whole lineup of collaborations on the way and we can’t wait to hear what the rest of No.6 has in store. The full album is set to drop on July 12, but until then we can continue fully enjoying the female appreciation in “I Don’t Care” and “Cross Me.”
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