Yeah something tells me we ain’t in Kansas anymore

from Rick Ross (Ft. Andre 3000) – Sixteen Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Andre is continuing the running narrative of the song. First, he starts off describing the ease and innocence of childhood, painting the scene with all of the “before” lines.

Then he starts to grow up and come to terms with the grittiness of life (having to protect himself from intruders, bad education, oppression in the ghetto).

Then he speaks about how his worth is infinite because throughout it all, selling drugs and making music to hustle, he persevered, and is now on the other side of the struggle. The success and the fame — he obtained that.

But now with fame, he sees that it isn’t all what it was cracked up to be, hence the next line, it “ain’t cool anymore”. With fame, he has no privacy.

So he’s not in Kansas anymore, which is a reference to the famous movie, Wizard of Oz. Not being in Kansas refers to being a place or situation that is outside your comfort zone or scope of understanding — strange surroundings. In the film, Kansas is the land of innocence and carefree — like Andre was at the beginning. However, now he’s in the real world now.

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