I ain't got no gavel, I ain't tryna fight nobody battle
I just wanna be free, I ain't tryna be nobody's chattel

from Ab-Soul (Ft. Danny Brown & Jhene Aiko) – Terrorist Threats Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He’s not the judge, he’s not God, he just wants freedom. He wants to be his own man. .

“Chattel” relates back to the outro of the previous track “Bohemian Grove” in which an audio clip is playing. The voice of Colonel Edward Mandell House declares that every American will be property of the government. In other words, we will be “chattel” or slaves. .

The gavel reference can also add more depth to these lines — it is a ceremonial mallet used not just by judges, but also by auctioneers, and in other formal gatherings. An auctioneer’s gavel is used to signify a sale, which would tie in with Ab-Soul’s talk of “Selling water” and “Fluctuating prices,” or being a chattel (selling a slave). They are also used by Congress, foreshadowing Ab-Soul’s mention of that institution towards the end of the second verse. .

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