They rewrite history I don’t believe in yesterday
There is an old notion that history reads the way it does because the victors write the history books. Whomever is the victor can write history however they want. Knowing this is a possibility Kanye doesn’t trust what he reads an a factual account of the events of yesteryear.
With the US’s history of slavery it’s understandable why Kanye isn’t so nostalgic.
You have to look at this line in the context of what comes before and after it. He starts with feeling confident about his past accomplishments (“feeling fresh” about his resume). Then he reminds himself that future critics can take that away from him (“rewrite history”). So what does he do? He beats the would-be haters to the punch and minimizes one of his most-impressive accolades (being a “black Beatle” whatever that is). And, of course, since it’s ‘Ye he does all this in three airtight lines with amazing puns/cross-references (“don’t believe in yesterday” vs the beatles’ “i believe in yesterday” and the black Beatle/roach thing).
But what I love about this triplet is the insight it gives you into how someone as successful as Kanye manages to maintain the “Nobody Believes In Me”-mindset that keeps him hungry and on top. He takes one of the highest compliments that Western Pop can give (being compared positively with the Beatles) and finds a way to use it as a motivator—like Jordan interpreting “one of the greatest of all time” as a diss on his game. It’s borderline psychotic but absolutely essential to his drive. And also probably why seems so thin-skinned and miserable even in the midst of undeniable, almost unprecedented success.
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