But your mother would be proud of you
I bet your mother would be proud of you

from Frank Ocean (Ft. Django) – Wiseman Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Frank uses this repeatedly throughout the song as a jab towards our ego. As he later states in the song we die in vanity, Frank is attempting to tear down the wall of vanity and show us for who we are; animals destined for death. This statement is a sarcastic consolation prize for living (little you do matters, but hey at least your mother is proud of you.)

Despite all of the moral nihilism he speaks of above, that the protagonist’s mother would be proud of him. There’s no such thing as a good man or a bad man, a strong man or a weak man, but, almost paradoxically, the protagonist’s mother would be proud of him, which is worth something.

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