Of the extremes of America’s dream
Freud fighting Neo, Freddy Krueger refereeing, now…

from Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Lupe plays with the word “dream” here, referencing both the American Dream and dreaming in a more literal sense. The characters the rapper involves in this fight over America’s “dream” lend themselves to layered thoughts about logic, rebellion, and fear

Sigmund Freud, the creator of psychoanalysis, wrote the 1899 book Die Traumdeutung, or The Interpretation of Dreams

Neo, of course, is the lead from the Matrix trilogy of movies. In those films, sentient machines keep people locked in pods and controlled by cybernetic implants, in a state suspiciously similar to dreaming. Neo becomes a leader of a rebellion that attempts to break humans out of this state and regain their consciousness

Freddy Kruger is the villain in the Nightmare on Elm Street series of films. According to Wikipedia, he is “a disfigured dream stalker who uses a glove armed with razors to kill his victims in their dreams, causing their deaths in the waking world as well”

Freud is mostly known for supporting the supremacy of the unconscious over the conscious (like his iceberg analogy) while Neo advocates the use of the conscious mind to transcend the control of the unconscious by the machines. However, fear (symbolized by Kruger refereeing) is really calling the shots and deciding which emotion wins.

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