Government playin’ round with everybody money
Got us brainwashed so we all big dummies

from Jeezy – Shake Life Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Jeezy begins his transcendence of his typical hustle-hard lyric with this statement. He realizes that the Government have directly (spending tax-payer dollars on bullshit military operations, war on drugs, bailouts) and indirectly (deregulating shady finance such as the derivatives market which primarily caused the devastating recession of 2008) squandered our money. They’re able to do this by feeding us fabrication through the major news outlets like MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News, so we never really know the truth and by using the “Dumb it Down” tactic in all forms of media. This whole verse gradually paints the world as picture of what Jeezy sees as a dystopian deathscape of hopelessness…and it’s only getting worse.

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength

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