Look at me, pathetic nigga,

from J. Cole – Chaining Day Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He’s calling himself pathetic because he is disappointed in what he has become, materialistic. This is a constant theme throughout the verse

He also could be saying look at me YOU pathetic nigga. Although he’s down on himself for being materialistic, he does feel superior for his look, his image, car, rims, etc. He knows he should be making better choices with his money but in the end, he does it anyway because he wants to look the part of a baller, unlike the other person, hence “pathetic nigga”.

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