When death taught me not to fear
Cause metaphorically, Vincent went blind without his left ear

from Kadeem – Out of Order Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Experience is the best teacher. We should always learn from our mistakes. How can I be afraid of what I never experienced? And if I have had it happen before, that’s all the more reason to be prepared.

Towards the end of van Gogh’s life, he got into an argument, cut of his hear, and mailed it to a hooker. Everything else was pretty much downhill from there.

The two come to together to prove how unexpected life can be. The beauty in danger, etc. That’s what the painting reminds me of.

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