We could've been somebody
'stead you had to tell somebody
These lines seem to echo the same sentiment issued in The Weeknd’s Twenty Eight (and Kanye’s own “Heartless”).
Abel and Kanye both are lamenting over a girl (a metaphor for his music in The Weeknd’s case, too) who took their relationship public, a move that dissatisfied both artists and caused the relationship to fizzle out.
Rappers have recently had issues with girls bringing flings public: Lil Wayne, Waka Flocka Flame, Soulja Boy and Meek Mill have all had pictures snapped of them with some groupies in compromising positions.
Lou Reed took this line to be paraphrasing Marlon Brando’s character in On the Waterfront who yells the famous line “I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody”
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