Now, now, now
This is my world, this is my arena

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

Meaning

A much echoed sentiment in hip-hop, Macklemore is alluding to the idea that although we often feel very confined and powerless, the world is ours just as much as anyone else’s. If we have the courage, we can seize it.

Also following along the classic tale of nobody-becomes-somebody, he doesn’t care what the media or other major organisations are saying, this song is his place to speak freely and truthfully. They make it explicitly clear on many of the tracks that they are I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T.

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