We brag on having bread, but none of us are bakers

from Killer Mike – Reagan Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This line begins the song’s minor Marxian theme of labor and value. Involving a dual meaning of “bread,” (money and actual bread) Mike poses the central Marxian predicament: how do those who only have their labor to sell (wage and salary workers) hope to achieve security and prosperity when those who own the means of production possess the only real power?

Rage Against the Machine’s Zach de la Rocha echoes the notion: “Fuck the G ride, I want the machines that are making ‘em.”

Minorities like to flash cash and brag on having bread(money) when in actuality they have nothing compared to the “bakers”(wealthy) of the world.

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