by Nick Dawkins with Sherif Badr

"I like singing along Ima a muthafuccin starboy.. that's about it" - Sherif

"I like singing along Ima a muthafuccin starboy.. that's about it" - Sherif

 The rhyming scheme is the simplest there is. is a monorhyme AAAA sound that is pretty easy to do and he's using his singing to make the terminal words in each verse rhyme better. Not groundbreaking lyrics by any means but this what the kids like nowadays and the man has bills to pay and its the fastest and he's trying to get alot of words out. The general degeneration of lyrical complexity in Hip Hop is a whole other topic in itself. Again you're correct in that 90% of his words are meant to evoke the braggadocio that is characteristic of the hip hop genre. However the stanza beginning with "P1 cleaner than your church shoes, ah" is clearly meant for someone in particular. and is a particularly enjoyable play on words imo because "church shoes" and church clothes in general don't just reflect material cleanliness but also spiritual cleanliness. the stanza about making sure his mom was taken care of was particularly poignant and again very characteristic of the genre to which this song belongs. The next stanza is also very poignant and together comprise what I think are the realest verses in the entire song. "star trek roof and the wrath of khan" denotes his less than sterotypical personality, "girls get loose, is obvious" , "100 on the dash got me close to god, We don't pray for love we just pray for cars" is a line that has multiple meanings and one of my favourites. Now, on to the imagery of the music video...This is damn good one in my opinion because it provides the visual juxtaposition to the aspects of the lyrics that make you think that this song is simply another "I'm the Man" anthem.

The video begins with him literally killing his former self. His new shape revealed and the fact that he shaved his dreads cannot be over looked in that in the community with which dreadlocks are most widely associated they represent a covenant with God to not be cut or to not be cut until certain conditions are met. The first few frames are his transformation. As he walks through the house of his old possessions he looks at them in appreciation and then appraisal, Stops, transfixed when he gets to the cross, Then he uses the cross to destroy said possessions (starting with the awards I might add) Could very well represent that his faith is his weapon, or rather, the tool he used to distance himself from the fame, possessions, and girls because they are all in reality transient and kind of meaningless to him now that he has tasted real success. Note that there is not one girl or sexual image in the entire video except for the sexy,sexy cars. Ending the video with his riches in ruins but driving away with his cross necklace, his faithful canine companion, and his favourite car because as said before "100 on the dash gets me close to god" Because in the end, that's all he needs his faith and his loyal friends...This video is about transformation pure and simple, lyrically its ostensibly a celebration of all the material wealth, However visually, and in conjunction with the final stanzas, I strongly believe that this song is about a personal journey and the culmination of a long thought out plan for success, and the start of a new more focused chapter in his life. Not exactly the most impressive or groundbreaking track, but a powerful one nonetheless. When it's time to cut of my dreads this will definitely be played and played loudly.

LOL, So, there another youtuber who also analysed this video claiming it was in illuminati satanic subliminal mindf*ck. I don't agree, but he does make some good points about the imagery used in the video that I missed.

 Funnily enough we both agree that the theme of this video is rebirth and leaving an old life behind by destroying the person he was before.

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