Hopsin Lays Out the Truth in “Fly” (Song Meaning, Analysis and Lyrics Review)
Hopsin is one of a kind artist. He has a clear vision of the stuff going around the world, and better yet, he has the ability to craft his ideas into beautiful lyrics. He may not have the technicality of Eminem as a lyricist-but he does deliver a powerful message with each and every line. “Fly” was released as the second single of his last album ‘Pound Syndrome.’
The song is massive in length-running up to 5 and half minutes. However, it’s worthy to explore into the lyrics of the song.
Song Meaning of “Fly” by Hopsin
The first stanza is rather setting background to the song. He says that he sees things that others usually chose to ignore as ‘societal norm.’
I was taught that education is the only way to make it
Then how’d I get so much money inside my savings?
My teachers never saw the heights that I was fucking aiming
Did the man who invented college, go to college? Hm, okay then
Am I the only one that noticed humans on the same shit?
Y’all thoughts are sailing on the same ship
And if that’s the case, then that’s the reason that you ain’t shit
Let me enlighten you my niggas, just let your brain drift
A powerful intro into a powerful song. It captures our attention. It makes us think. It makes us wonder. It makes us curious that this person may really have something to say. Then we move on to the first cannon ball in “Fly”.
First of all, the best type of marketing is marketing that doesn’t feel like marketing
It makes the people feel like they a part of it
And when it’s done right, corporations think its marvelous
They feed us these ideas and then we place ’em in our hearts to sit
It’s why players are good at getting chicks
It’s why Nike is good at selling kicks
It’s why Disney is loved by all the kids
Why McDonald’s owners are super rich, we too blinded to ever see ’em pitch
Straight off the bat, Hopsin addresses the disasters created by the big corporations. They practically have us all brainwashed that we wouldn’t even be able to see what they are doing to us as we are so in tune with their beat. We never see their ‘sales pitch.’ It’s so crafty. And the corporations earn super-normal profits over our blindness.
See when this happens we take our health, wealth, lives and just hand them off
Thinking that we did this from organic thoughts
I know you seen parents trick kids with candy, toys, and Santa Claus
The same method is used to trap adults
But instead of candy it’s with money, religion, drugs and alcohol
Mention that shit and it’s gon’ arouse us all
I done seen niggas get into fights over cigarettes like a pack of dogs
They get you hooked and then they laugh at y’all
It doesn’t just end there-making them rich. One of the pit-stops is when all these corporations drain us of our wealth and health. And we can’t even point a finger at them. If we do, we are still pointing four fingers at ourselves. Because only our ignorance allows them to manipulate us for their benefit.
Hopsin says kids are tricked by their parents with candy and toys. But when they grow up, they are tricked by a whole other set of things–money, religion, drugs and alcohol. We are so attached all of these things-even our religion-when what we should be doing is withdrawing ourselves from these worldly attachments (there’s some Buddhism for ya’ll).
The saddest part is, that we don’t even see, feel or realize the influence they have on us. It has been engraved into our souls-to be posh and hip by consuming all these fancy things. We think those thoughts are generated within us-but they are not. They have been fed to us through intricate and very subtle ways and means.
I really hate to break it to you but your life’s being played with
You have not witnessed the world cause you’re stuck in the Matrix
Everything we have been taught was all a lie
Open your eyes, open your mind, and fly
The chorus of “Fly” delivers the harsh truth to the listeners. Hopsin compares this structured world/society to the Matrix-once you are in it, there’s no getting out. It’s easy to get lost in there. It’s hard to see anything beyond the boundaries of the Matrix once you are in it. Hopsin openly says ‘everything’ that has been taught to you was a lie and invites all of us to open your eyes and let the mind fly.
Man, can’t you see we’re robots who know not what we do when we got no shot
In the real world until we climb out of this ice cold box
Your whole life has been part of a whole plot
To keep you at the bottom while they on top, stay quiet, then they won’t stop
They always tryna show us what we don’t got
They do it to all of us ’til we finally break and go cop a gold watch
Knowing we need the cash for rent
Humans today are objective driven. They have no aims outside of the aims that have been given to them. A robot made for shooting will malfunction when it cannot get a clear shot. That’s how we are right now. Hopsin says it’s all a plot. A plot to suck the life out of us for the benefit of the rich. They-the corporations-always create fantasies that aren’t always realistic to us. They keep doing it over and over to brainwash us. In the end, some of us succumb to the greed and the need and try to obtain what we don’t have by illicit means. And that’s when the cycle is complete.
They package ideas like it’s oxygen
They make us feel like if we ain’t got it, we fucked and we cannot fit in
This fucking system is not your friend
And understand they controlling your thoughts cause they got a lot to win
Niggas get turned away when I mention this
Ignorance is bliss but I don’t give a fuck, I won’t censor shit
The Matrix is real when you done entered it
It’s way too intricate for you to ever realize that, you fucking simpleton
‘Ideas’ are what that are actually being sold. It’s a shoe. It’s a watch. It’s a car. There’s nothing more to us. Shred the marketing with your naked eyes and you will be able to see the truth. Brands are what’s killing us. They make is feel as if they are a necessity to life. They make us look incompetent if we don’t have the latest trend. They have very well f*cked with our brains.
‘Ignorance is bliss’ in these times of brainwashed, egoistic and misogynist society. But Hopsin isn’t one to stand down. He won’t censor himself or censor his ideas. Hopsin calls us ‘simpleton’ who cannot understand the intricacies of the Matrix. Yes, I do agree!, (as I update my status on Facebook, while listening to Hopsin’s “Fly” on YouTube, after having some scrumptious meal from KFC.)
Yo, fuck Hollywood, fuck all these reality shows
Making us feel lame unless we blowing stacks on new clothes
Making us feel like we ain’t cool unless we have a few hoes
Making us feel like we ugly, unless we have a new nose
I see naturally beautiful women get Botox, fake tits
Fake lips, they so brainwashed and it doesn’t make sense
The media, in general, is the worst part of it all. They have the ability to create things out of nothingness. It’s all about the perspective, and they only allow us to have a selective perspective-one that they want us to see.
Young girls are as fake as they get now. Everything on them-from hair to toe nails-are fake. The natural beauty of women? Pffttt! However, this all had been implanted in our heads as we grew up. TV, movies, Hollywood and celebrities are all part of a beautiful wheel-a wheel that crushes the simpleton and creates a new, fake human out of it. There’s only a very few who’s not been crushed by this wheel.
Focus on your life and the path you’re pursuing
Cause y’all too busy worried about what Kim Kardashian’s doing
Check it, most of this shit that you sheep are watching on television
Is fake as fuck and is not real, I rebel against it
It’s the Devil’s business, they just reel y’all in
If they say it, we do it, yo, I’m tryna tell y’all man
“Fly” goes on to give some valuable life advice too. You forget to feed your family cuz’ ‘KUWTK’ is on? That’s messed up. Focus on yourselves for a change. No, not put on make up and make yourself feel good-that’s a made up ‘feel better’. Feel beautiful in the nature that God intended ya’ll to be in. Embrace it. Everything else is Devil’s business. There’s no getting out of it. Listen to “Fly”.
The system created the stereotype for the Black image
That’s why my people are scared to be different, why don’t you get it?
I’m done practicing these ridiculous rituals
It’s time I become a real individual and just do me
There is no real Blacks vs Whites issue. I believe it was created by the system-for their benefit. Now people are literally scared to talk of color. Is that what we wanted? Or is it what they wanted? Fly your mind out and find out yourself.
Use your mind, be yourself
And, and nobody else but you
You and the meaning of life has no rules, no rules, no rules
Fly, and fly, away
Life’s too short just live it
The world is just complete
Just go and get it, it’s beautiful
The last part of the track is an almost inaudible whisper of what this song is really about. It’s an invitation to open your minds and brains. It’s an invitation to open yourself the door to the truth. Life was meant to have no rules. But, where have all these rules come from? Were they created? There’s no time to live by these rules-there’s a lot more to be done with this short life.