I'm still dealing with this mess I'm in
I've been the object of your ridicule
You've been a bitch lieutenant

from Aesop Rock – 9-5'ers Anthem Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Aes is saying that he gets made fun of for bein' a bummy-ass rapper and not having a “real job” but all the while, the people who make fun of him the most are the lowest ranks of commissioned officer — a lieutenant, which Aesop likens to coffee fetchers and “bitches” of people who are more important (colonels, captains, generals) like CEO’s and top execs.

But it’s not just about him being a rapper. It’s about him being someone who is still having big problems in his life (“I’m still dealing with this mess I’m in”) that he is trying to solve by trying to bring changes in the society, the economy and the politics.

Other people make fun of his radical opinions and his seemingly futile attempts to change things, in fact they do not take him seriously at all because he is different than them in those aspects. That is the best that they can do though, because in reality they are just cowards that do not dare defy anything they were taught — if they had the courage to, they would probably agree with him.

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