I go as left as a heart in the chest
Cause the Horn of Africa is now starving to death
The Horn of Africa is an area on the continent’s eastern coast consisting of the continents Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and its most notable country Somalia. It gets its name due to its horn-like shape. Somalia is constantly plagued by droughts, resulting in particularly high starvation rates compared to other African nations. In 2011, Somalia suffered from a terrible famine that left millions more without food.
From an anatomical perspective, the heart is on the left side of the chest. Here, Lupe shows his political view on the situation, going “left” as in as liberal. He thinks we should help those who cannot help themselves. Using our collective wealth to feed those who cannot eat, like Somalians. Wanting to feed starving countries is one of the reasons behind him being left-wing. This song itself deals with mostly right-wing views, such as attacking capitalism, colonialism and conservatism.
Additionally, with the Horn of Africa mention Lupe might be alluding to the cornucopia, or Horn of Plenty, which symbolizes unending nourishment. Thus, an ironic juxtaposition is made with the contrast of the African Horn’s famine and the Horn of classical antiquity’s offering of abundant food.
If this Horn allusion is intended, it no doubt connects with the first four lines in the first verse about the conditions of many Native Americans, since the cornucopia is a common symbol of the Thanksgiving holiday.
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