Brand new whip for these niggas like slavery

from Childish Gambino – Bonfire Lyrics on Rap Genius


Back in the day, when slavery was legal, whips were used to keep slaves in their place. This is a play on words: the brand new whip he’s referring to is also a new car that black people gotta get once they hit baller status; the way he says “for these” sounds a lot like “40s,” the rim size you might find on this new “whip” of his. Ultimately this line implies his own domination of the rap game, just as an actual whip is used to dominate slaves.

Too soon, CG

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