Hey centipede, centipede, centipede, centipede, centipede...
“Centipede” has multiple meanings and serves many functions in this song. It’s further explained in the next annotation but I’ll add this: He’s referring to his self as a centipede because he has worked his way up out of the dirt. The song revolves around the cliched rags-to-riches theme that many rappers pride themselves on. This is a true “Started from the Bottom” tale.
The outro at the end of the song backs this theme. It is a skit sampled from Behind the Lava Lamp, in which Corpy, a Harlem native, discusses the importance of hustling. He basically bashes the mentality of those who are constantly glorifying street narcotics distribution. The message is that nobody actually likes “hustling” and anybody who says they do is lying to themselves. It’s not easy. That’s why it’s called “hustling” in the first place. But the reason they do it is to support themselves.
The sample is significant in that Donald Glover had to hustle to get to where he is today.
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