Kanye West's "Theraflu," Explained
America loves hip-hop music, but we don't always understand the meaning behind the message. We love to dance awkwardly to "Rack City" in the comfort of our homes while throwing imaginary ones in the air, but seldom take the time to break down a song line by line to derive its true meaning.
That's why I'm here, to shine a light into hip-hop's lyrical abyss, decoding the meaning behind some of your favorite hip-hop songs.Today's installment: Kanye West's recent Hit Boy-produced single, "Theraflu."
[Intro: DJ Khaled]
At least DJ Khaled isn't yelling his own name.
Swag King Cole
A play on famous jazz crooner Nat King Cole.
Spoke too soon.
Can't a young nigga get money anymore?
Borrowing a line from Mase's "Lookin' At Me," Kanye illustrates the economic plight African-American males often encounter when searching for employment opportunities. Kanye has also stated on numerous occasions that Mase is amongst his favorite rappers.
Tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor
Since Kanye is extremely wealthy, he's been spotted numerous times with ex-flame Amber Rose in expensive matching furs, despite PETA's public reprimands.
Can I have a bad bitch without no flaws
Come to meet me without no drawers
A "bad bitch" is one who has few physical flaws and a propensity for not wearing underwear. Kanye laments his lack thereof.
Dinner with Anna Wintour, racing with Anja Rubik
Kanye regularly dines with Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour. During a recent after-party, he invited Polish model Anja Rubik to race him around a go-kart track.
I told you mahfuckas it was more than the music.
In the projects one day, to Project Runway.
Kanye has collaborated with the likes of Nike and Louis Vuitton.
We done heard all that loud-ass talking, we're used to it
I'm from where shorties fucked up, double-cupped up
A nod to his roots, Kanye paints a picture of life in Southside Chicago, where citizens drink Sprite laced with promethazine cough syrup.
Might even kill somebody and YouTube it.
In 2009, high school honor student and Chicago resident Derrion Albert was murdered by four of his fellow classmates while they taped it and later posted it on YouTube.