Money on my mind, marijuana my taste buds
Young, black, and deprived so the world I shake up

from Flatbush Zombies (Ft. Action Bronson) – Club Soda Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The following two lines, “Money on my mind, marijuana my taste buds / Young, black and deprived, so the world I shake up,” are ambiguous and may be interpreted several ways:

– Meech has decided that his purpose—which is a facet that he queries in this same verse (“What is your purpose?”)—is to make money.

Additionally, Meech proclaims his desire to leave his mark upon the world as he was disadvantaged during his upbringing and originated from less fortunate socioeconomic circumstances.

– There is also significant wordplay anent marijuana:

• “Money on my mind, marijuana my taste buds” could mean that Meech has a desire to acquire money and smoke weed; however, this line could also be interpreted to elicit Meech as already smoking weed because he “…taste[s] bud.”

• “Young black and deprived so the world I shake up” could mean that, due to Meech’s African American roots, he is destined to make his presence known by contorting preexisting dispositions towards rap/hip-hop music; however, this line is also referencing the facet and component of “shake” anent marijuana.

Essentially, “shake” is an accumulation of weed crumbs. It would appear that, due to its context, the statement “…so the world I shake up” is used primarily to convey another reference to weed.

Typically, shake is seen as less desirable/valuable among adamant weed smokers as shake is less potent in its THC content; it seems unlikely that Meech was attempting to convey negative sentiments towards his roots—by use of preexisting attitudes associated with shake—and used “…so the world I shake up” to make the breadth of his lyrical content more relatable.

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