Looking at life through sunglasses and a sunroof
He’s probing into whether material gain is all success has to offer. He’s implying that material wealth and financial success are not enough to fulfill a human being and his or her deepest yearnings. Asking, “is this what’s all come to?” is asking whether there is any more, anything greater or deeper found in life other than financial and material gain. The next line is the turn point of the verse, and begins to reveal Jay’s main point. You are right to suggest that Jay’s next line is asking the listener, whom he is advising, whether he has the power to face his own demons and problems, and subsequently, rise above them. Because none of the financial success, material gains, or people pleasing (“Fuck all these labels, fuck what everybody wants from you”) can possibly fill the void of feeling incomplete. A rather poignant message given the title of the song, “Power.” Jay is not discussing political, financial, or outward power. Instead, he wants the listener to gain personal power. The last five bars sum up the meaning clearly: True power is the power to be your own man.
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