Now who’s the first person I’m saying I Am
Give me a second and you will know why I’m dammed

from The Procussions (Ft. Shad) – Today Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Three meanings:

ONE: Who is the first person of the three mentioned in the first rhyme? –> The new self.

I am reiterating that I am the new self wishing to be whole.

“I’m saying I am”.

TWO: It’s not written as I am, it’s written as I AM.

“I Am” was what God in Exodus 3:14 called Himself to Moses.

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

In this meaning I am writing the rhyme like a conversation with God, as if to ask who’s fault it is that I am not whole- to blame Adam.

Referencing Adam as the first person, the fall of man.

I’m using “I’m saying” as one would use the phrase in an excuse or in exasperation, like “I’m sayin!”

I’m also asking I Am to give me a second person, as in a chance to be new and whole.

THREE: This part of the rhyme switches to first person with “I am”.

Then, when asking to “give me a second”, I switch the course of the verse to speak directly to the listener, using “you”, thus being in second person.

Essentially I was asking if I could speak in the second person.

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