But like McCain, you used to be cool but now you lame
McCain used to be a “good Republican” and bipartisan, but when he ran for President he changed all his stances to appeal to more conservatives, which is fucking lame
It’s also referring to McCain’s time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, where after being shot down and breaking his arms & a leg, he would be routinely beaten/tortured. After his rescue, his mobility in his arms was limited so that he can’t raise them above his head anymore. “Lame” was an old-world term for paralyzed, so Gambino is saying that these other rappers used to be good but are now lame much in the same way that McCain was
McCain used to be a fucking fighter pilot and a captain in the Navy along with being a POW… Ol' boy’s a champ.
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