While y'all was in limbo I raised the bar up

from Kanye West – The Glory Lyrics on Rap Genius


Plays on the double meaning of “limbo” — (1) a state of suspended animation or stasis (2) a popular children’s game involving crossing under a low bar by contorting one’s torso.

While you were in “limbo”, i.e. stuck, not going anywhere, not progressing, Kanye “raised the bar,” contrary to the rules of the game Limbo, making it easier for him to win. He’s also saying raised the bar as in raised the standards for hip hop.


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