When Kendrick drops a track with a weird title and makes it the intro, you always going to wonder if there’s more to the title and the song. Well he’s done it again and left us a bit in the dark as to what the song is about. Unlike Wale’s ‘Album About Nothing’, Kendrick does not have Seinfeld to give a brief breakdown of what the song is about. So let Genius Level be the Seinfeld to the Butterfly.
“To Pimp A Butterfly”
‘Wesley’s theory’ describes how the butterfly is pimped by the system, it gets its origins from Wesley Snipes who was sentenced to 3 years in jail for tax fraud. The song plays around how rappers are pimped up by the system in a sense that when they make it big time given all the odds the system puts upon them, they still face further hardships that come with the fame, being the type of frivolous lifestyle they are expected to live. The focal point here being lack of financial literacy which leads most of them to brokeness or money mismanagement which most of the time leads to charges of tax fraud (Think of Michael Jackson, Lauren Hill, Julius Malema and Wesley Snipes).
This pimping of the butterfly by the system (environment which these rappers are subjected to) leads to balling, making it rain and frequent visits to Jacob the Jeweler.
“I went to Jacob with 25 grand before I had a house and I’d do it again, Cause I wanna be on 106 and Park pushing a Benz, I wanna act ballerific like it’s all terrific, I got a couple past due bills, I won’t get specific I got a problem with spending before I get it We all self conscious I’m just the first to admit it” Kanye West “All falls Down”
“But I got other shit to think about, like my bank account Forget that watch, you paid too much for You ‘ought to be ashamed” J Cole
“Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack, And a white man get paid off of all of that” Kanye
Despite all the pimping that the caterpillar endures while entrapped in the cocoon which institutionalizes it, with bad decisions and some hard learned tricks and experiences along the way, the caterpillar finally decides to break away from its hold and with that, it evolves into a butterfly rising above all the ignorance presented to it by its environment and starts looking at the bigger picture, thinking strategically and making value add wiser decisions with it’s money. The result? with it’s influence the butterfly manages to bring back new concepts and a different more genius ways of thinking to the hood. Finally ending the ignorance which has turned into an eternal struggle….
DEFINITION of ‘Financial Literacy From Investopedia
The possession of knowledge and understanding of financial matters. Financial literacy is mainly used in connection with personal finance matters. Financial literacy often entails the knowledge of properly making decisions pertaining to certain personal finance areas like real estate, insurance, investing, saving (especially for college), tax planning and retirement. It also involves intimate knowledge of financial concepts like compound interest, financial planning, the mechanics of a credit card, advantageous savings methods, consumer rights, time value of money, etc.
‘Financial Literacy ‘ EXPLAINED
The absence of financial literacy can lead to making poor financial decisions that can have adverse effects on the financial health of an individual. The advantages or disadvantages of variable or fixed rates is an example of an issue that will be easier to understand if an individual is financially literate.
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