Through the art of his lyricism, J. It got a lot to do with the way people perceive and what they believe. This is my chain today. The only question is whether or not he will take appropriate action in correcting his faults. Essentially, he is a slave to materialism in an effort to constantly prove himself. Cole insinuates that slavery is still a prevalent issue even today—except this slavery comes in a distinct form.
This particular form of slavery involves rappers being slaves to thinking materialistically. Moreover, Cole admits that he opted to purchase expensive jewelry and cars instead of buying something practical like a house. Through metaphors and symbolism used in his lyrics, J. This is because he would then make it his goal to acquire yet another one. One of the main ideas throughout the song is materialism, and Cole states in his lyrics that he believes it stems from greed, pain, and fame. Throughout the song, it is apparent that J. Cole suggests that slavery remains an issue even today, but not the kind of slavery African Americans experienced in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Cole is realizing his mistakes and sees a chance to win in the end, choosing to get back to how he was before he made it instead of faking it like everyone else. The idea of sustaining and living up to a certain standard is prioritized, and rappers tend to achieve this through the adoration of material objects; therefore, they become slaves to materialism. In essence, he is saying that he is not nearly as rich as Baby, so any piece of jewelry he owns does not even amount to what his opponent has. Instead, Cole is suggesting a new form of slavery experienced by African Americans—slavery to material items. Cole uses a play on words while alluding to the movie Training Day. It is admirable that he has come to the realization of his personal wrongdoing and that he recognizes that he has the power to return to his old self. Chaining day, my chaining day.
Although, this time, it is in a different context. The rookie cop ends up beating the system in the end, for he gets wise to the game and avoids the temptation of money in favor of being a good cop. Made it, then I faked it. Cole is confessing that he has become excessively dependent upon and controlled by this money-oriented lifestyle, or, in other words, a slave to it. His friend replies that reflecting on his mother and regret is what comes with this specific lifestyle. In reality, it is all an act.
Cole is conscious of the fact that he is a slave to this mindset as well, but there is a chance that he can turn that around. Cole explores this philosophy and reflects on his own decisions in order to portray the reality of his relatively newfound fame. In this sense, perhaps J. Greed, pain, and fame have driven him to prioritize living up to this expectation of an ornate lifestyle, being accepted by his male counterparts, and being desired by females. .
Cole is expressing his realizations of what is expected of him upon entering the rap music industry. . . . . . .
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