I pledge allegiance to my Grandma

from Kanye West (Ft. Frank Ocean & Jay Z) – Made in America Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Jay begins this verse with a theme that runs throughout — a creative repurposing of patriotic language. In this case, it’s the Pledge of Allegiance. This motif goes right along with the theme of the song — namely, how he and Kanye “made it” in a country with a legacy of vicious racism.

Additionally, that he pledges allegiance to his grandmother rather than America, especially in light of the song’s title (Made in America), means Jay is placing his family above any allegiance to America. It flies in the face of nationalism.

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