This is a music trope when an artist sings a song that chronicles, in an autobiographical fashion, how they got their start in the music business and/or how they got to where they are today.
A musical subtrope of How We Got Here
. Can overlap with Boastful Rap
, especially if the song is mainly a look at the artist's past achievements. Compare Bragging Theme Tune
and "I Am Great!" Song
Needs More Examples
- "Underground For Dummies" by Sage Francis
- "Road To The Riches" by Atmosphere
- "Things Go Better" by Soul Position
- "A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre" by OutKast
- "Creeque Alley" by The Mamas and the Papas
- "Rock and Roll Band" by Boston
Well, we just another band outta Boston / On the road and tryin to make ends meet...
- Played for Laughs in the Expository Theme Tune for the Weird Al Show, which tells Al's life story and how he got his own show:
Ooooh this is a story 'bout a guy named Al / And he lived in a sewer with his hamster pal / But the sanitation workers really didn't approve / So he packed up his accordion and had to move...
- In the film Sister Act 2, Deloris has a Vegas act in which she does a medley of songs describing her life, and then the events of the first film.
- OutKast has the song "A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre"
- Loudon Wainwright III's "Career Moves"
- Billy Joel's breakthrough hit "Piano Man" is about his early days playing piano in bars.
- While "The Entertainer" is more about a generic pop performer ("Another serenader in another long-haired band") dealing with fame, it does deal with how Joel's career had evolved up to that time, including a reference to "Piano Man" being edited down for radio.
- "Remember The Name" by Fort Minor