MASSA
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[Intro: Tyler, The Creator]
Whatever your shit is, man, do it
Whatever bring you that immense joy, do that, that’s your luxury
The greatest thing that ever happened to me was
Bein’ damn near twenty and leavin’ Los Angeles for the first time
I got out my bubble, my eyes, just wide
My passport is the most valuable—

[Chorus: Tyler, The Creator]
Massa couldn’t catch me, my legs long than a bitch
Got too much self-respect, I wash my hands ‘fore I piss
They try to talk me—, ehm, I’ma just go

[Verse 1: Tyler, The Creator]
Yeah, when I turned twenty-three that’s when pubеrty finally hit me
My facial hair started growin’, my clothing ain’t really fit mе
That caterpillar went to cocoon, do you get me?
See, I was shiftin’, that’s really why Cherry Bomb sounded so shifty
My taste started changin’ from what it was when they met me
But first impression is everything, ain’t wanna let me go
Always curious as a child and askin’ questions, so
I ain’t give no fucks, if, and, buts if they accept me
Yo, my boy Skateboard P gave me that speech in Italy session, uhm
Thankfully, by hour three that detour perspective, uhm
Thoughts change so rapid, turn into a butterfly, Flower Boy happened
All the bees buzz, be they buzz, scream, they love me
First time I private airline, accolade, song got airtime
Went to my style, body, and feelings and fixed my hairline
Calmed down in front of cameras, been there since tens of millions
I’m not that little boy y’all was introduced to at 1-9
Mom was in the shelter when “Yonkers” dropped, I don’t say it (I don’t say it)
When I got her out, that’s the moment I knew I made it (Yeah, yeah)
I don’t come from money, they deny it
Since I don’t mirror the stereotypical products of my environment
Eight figures in taxes, takin’ that shit is stupid
A flower gets its petal, they pluck it but never use it
It’s still potholes in the schools, when does it go?
It’s still loopholes that I use, nobody knows
🔥🔥🔥Verse 2He’s literally telling you don’t follow him or nobody be your self or be nothing!WOW THIS IS THE ONEHardest song so far in my first listening JESUS CHRIST fire ass barsOn “MASSA” Tyler calls back to the era of slavery in the United States which took place from its founding in 1776 until 1865 when the Thirteenth Amendment was passed, criminalizing slavery. Tyler uses this time period to exemplify the dramatic contrast between the limitations given to African Americans in the 18th and 19th Centuries, to the modern-day U.S.A. where black men such as Tyler himself have forged great amounts of success for themselves.However, the allusion to slavery in itself reminds the listener that, despite the U.S. being a much better place for African Americans now, the mere existence of this practice is enough to suggest there is still a problem in contemporary society, due to the deep-rooted racism that this era created.The use of the word “massa” in the title, as well as in the chorus, is where the reference to slavery lies, as Tyler uses this as dramatic irony, due to the typical Southern mispronunciation of the word “master” by the enslaved African Americans in this era. The contrast between this era and Tyler’s situation is evident throughout the song, especially in the first verse where he references his past successes–such as 2015’s Cherry Bomb and 2017’s Flower Boy. The second verse, rather, touches on topics of over-indulgence and the fact that despite all of this success Tyler has accumulated throughout his career, this is all trivial without other factors playing a role in his life, such as love, security, and friendship.Maryland rapper IDK’s mostly-non-musical track “I Do Me … You Do You” from his 2019 album Is He Real? features a conversation between him and Tyler discussing religion. Some of T’s words are strikingly similar to those in the “MASSA” intro, specifically:I think God is in everybody, shit it’s, it’s what you believe in
It’s what brings you that that immense joy, that, that you can’t even explainFlower Boy, Tyler’s fifth studio album, marked a major artistic transition within his career. Prior to this record, Tyler’s music was very abrasive and brash and was widely viewed as immature by people who tried out his music.Compared to the rest of his records, which often focused on violent topics and lyrics that did not seem to have too much depth, Flower Boy featured an introspective Tyler, rapping and singing about relationships, his sexuality, how he coped with widespread fame at a young age, and loneliness that came with growing apart from his old Odd Future friend group.The record marked the first major commercial and critical success of Tyler’s career. Prior to the release of CMIYGL, Flower Boy was still best-reviewed record on Metacritic, a site that aggregates many critical reviews into an overall album “score.” Flower Boy also had the highest debut on the Billboard 200 at that point in his career, debuting at #2 on the chart during the chart week of August 12, 2017. It was also his first record to receive a certification from the RIAA when it was certified gold on April 4, 2018. It was later certified platinum on March 13, 2020.Some of the major symbols used on the Flower Boy was bees and flowers, seen on the cover of the record and throughout its lyrical contents. Tyler uses wordplay to describe his fans as the insect, comparing the “buzz” that bees make while flying to the figurative “buzz” and cheers that his fans give him while performing or while seeing him in public.Tyler may be employing a double entendre here, in reference to his May 2019 IGOR track “A BOY IS A GUN*”. Either a literal gun or a man could be assuaging his paranoia. In fact, in that song’s bridge, he reveals:You’re a gun ‘cause I like you on my side at all times
You keep me safe

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