The TV told me something different I didn't believe it

from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Ft. Macklemore) – Ten Thousand Hours Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

TV, the primary conveyor of pop culture, puts out an image of what rap music should be, or what Macklemore should be. He finally rejected that image.

The TV told him he was weak, small, and needy because it primarily wants to sell him things and make him a consumer. In reality, that’s bullshit — the world is his oyster, his stage.

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