Like the leases on these cars and these homes you niggas thought
You stayed in, with so many bosses why are they still
Layin niggas off they job? Nigga for real

from Big Boi (Ft. Vonnegutt) – Follow Us Lyrics on Rap Genius


Big Boi is referencing the 2008 housing crisis and subsequent economic collapse here. Big Boi compares the way critics “wrote him off” as a rapper to the way countless Americans signed off on dangerous mortgages and car loans in the mid 2000’s, the main cause of the deep 2008 recession.

He is also taking a shot at the skewed distribution of wealth in large companies, questioning why lower-level workers are being laid off for the mistake the company executives made.

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