My nigga, you ain't been what I been through
And if so, you'd take a pencil through your temple

from Danny Brown – Monopoly Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

If you’ve lived the troubled life that Danny has, you’d probably just stab your head with a pencil to end it.

Danny often makes this type of statement about his art form being an escape from his troubled past, like in “Pac Blood” when he refers to himself as “Maya Angelou abused child with a notebook.”

Why a pencil? Well, as we learn earlier on XXX, specifically in the song “Die Like a Rockstar”, Danny has a fascination with the “words [that] appear all in [his] head”. Since a pencil is representative of the act of writing, it’s the clear choice for committing the act of suicide; there’s a lot of irony in silencing the words in your head with the utensil that allows you to express them.

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