I think this is a continuation of the previous line, where Cudi is candidly telling the listener that he wishes the mental anguish would just kill him. In this line, he continues that thought by telling us that he’s not afraid of that death stroke. In fact, it sounds as though Cudi would welcome the final blow; then, he might finally have the peace of mind he is searching for.
I think both interpretations are fair. The line is intentionally vague to force the listener to come to his or her own conclusion. If taken as separate from the melody and tone of the song, it sounds like Cudi is calling out those people who do nothing with their lives, but choose to lie around and feel sorry for the lot life gave them. This interpretation parallels most of the lyrics in the song and the overall lyrical theme, as well. However, the tone of the song is fiercely melancholy, and the videos leave an empty and sad feeling. It seems to more closely parallel the theme of “acting in the moment” without any thoughts of the consequences of tomorrow. Given the melancholy tone of the music itself, this interpretation suggests that the lyrics in the song are intentionally ironical. In that way, Cudi seems to say that his pursuit of outward happiness is really a mislead attempt to fill an inner void.
I think he’s appealing to the tone in his voice to convince her of his honesty. Like the boy who cried wolf, he has lied too many times to females that they don’t trust his word any longer. He’s asking her to listen to the sound of his voice for proof of his honesty, this time.
Good looking out on the double entendre
Regardless, it is a reference to the Jewish and Christian God.
Jehovah is not a kind of one of God’s nicknames. Instead, it is an anglicized form-English adaptation-of the Hebrew word יְהֹוָה and a vocalization of the Tetragrammaton word יהוה or YHWH. The original vocalization may have sounded like Yahweh, however, the Fathers and the Rabbinic agree that the name is ineffable. Therefore, both modern Jews and Christians are uncertain of the real pronunciation.
Rza [Bridge]Cars for the misses and furs for the mistress/You that shit is fucking ridiculous
[Hook 2] I’m up in the woods (Run from the lights, run from the night) I’m down on my mind (Run for your life) I’m new to the city (Down for the night, down for the night) Down for the night
“How Ye doing? I’m surviving/I was drinking earlier, now I’m driving” -The first line when Kanye says that he’s surviving implies that he is not thriving. Kanye is alive, however, is not enjoying his life. The second line is more revealing. The implication is that the power and pressure of his life are dangerous. They’re driving him into an unhealthy lifestyle, such as drunk driving. Perhaps, alcohol and cocaine are the escapes he needs from the pressure.
I think it’s both. I agree he is being sarcastic. But the theme of the song is his drive and the temporary genius he possesses. The hook, “Ain’t no question if I want it, I need it” is descriptive of Kanye’s drive and motivation for brilliance; “I can feel it slowly drifting away from me” is a very telling follow-up. He tells us that genius and brilliance are temporary and transient in nature. That he believes, as the Romans did, that genius is something that somebody transiently possesses, not something that somebody is. This is very telling because it reveals him as less egotistic than what people make him. To admit that he only transiently possesses genius and is not himself genius, is a humble admission. In this line, I think he is both being sarcastic by saying he knows he currently possesses brilliance in his music. However, he is also saying that if he is wrong, and he doesn’t have “it” (genius), he has the drive to find out who does and defeat this person through hard work and perseverance. And it is the latter that jives with the overarching theme of the song.