On my toes like a ballerina
Who knew I'd be Black Swan

from Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Jay Z) – Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe Remix Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A reference to the psychological thriller/horror film Black Swan in which the main character (Nina, played by Natalie Portman) is a professional ballerina, who strives for perfection, regardless of the negative effect it has on her mind and grip on sanity. Matching the same juxtaposition as the title (a swan is normally white), Kendrick’s mainstream success, normally a realm for white pop stars, makes him the exception. He is the “black” swan that sits on top of the charts and trends.

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