We got the shows, we got the paper, but I want respect

from Childish Gambino – Shoulda Known Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Donald Glover was a writer for the hit show 30 Rock and he presently portrays Troy Barnes on NBC’s Community. He’s got the shows and the paper however in the rap game he still lacks acknowledgement.

He could also be referring to just his rap career, since he tours when he is off from his other work.

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