I saw a butterfly in hell today
Will I die or go to jail today ?
Although short, these lines are extremely deep and philosophical and really deserves a top explanation.
Butterflies are symbols of transitional movement in one’s life. It is said that when you see a butterfly, your life is going to change drastically. This is one of the main reasons that Kanye used a moth for the cover art for this album, to represent the ever changing career that Wayne has. If you know anything about Wayne, you would know that he has very different phases throughout his career and he experiments with different types of music and subject matter.
This whole song, Wayne depicts America as soulless and Godless mainly do to the disrespect he receives right now and throughout his charismatic career. He sees it as a barren wasteland full of savages, but he sees himself wrongly convicted of his destiny into the depths of doom. He believes that people overlook a lot of his work and he is afraid of never leaving the title that is placed upon him by those that hate. In this hell, he sees a butterfly, a way out of hell and into the respected rap heaven that is placed with the greats like 2Pac, Biggie, Nas, Jay-Z, Eminem and all others that have been given the G.O.A.T. title. At this point in his career, he is starting to hear murmurs of his legendary status
but because of this hell that he is placed in, with all of the negativity that surrounds him, he cannot get out of it.
The butterfly for Wayne to become a respected legend in rap lies in paths that were taken by others that thrust them into rap heaven, mainly going to jail, or by dying suddenly. Wayne has seen the out pour of love and respect that he received when he was in jail
and the love that he got when he was in the hospital supposedly “dying in a coma”
and believes that the only way for him to be a legend is leaving the rap game by either dying or leaving by sudden death.
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