Nah, I never, ever did it for a throne, that validation comes
From giving it back to the people,

from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Ft. Ray Dalton) – Can't Hold Us Lyrics on Rap Genius


He didn’t pursue music for the throne (i.e. the fame, the prestige, or the power), like Jay-Z or Kanye declared with Watch the Throne. He makes his music for the people and his happiness comes from sharing his glory with them. He is an artist, not a fame-chaser, and the game itself is what he raps for.

Julius Caesar was seen as a man of the people from the days he ruled. While that may not be entirely true, he is still one of the most positively remembered rulers to date and his martyrdom in assassination immortalized him as a man who seized power to make life better for the masses. Few rulers would be looked on like that until Napoleon captured the hearts of France.

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