“Man of the Year” is the twentieth track on Juice WRLD’s first posthumous album ‘Legends Never Die.’ The song follows a sarcastic message about the rapper himself, awarding himself the ‘man of the year’ title, although he is furthest from such an accomplishment.
‘Legends Never Die’ is Juice WRLD’s third studio album and was rumored to be titled ‘Outsiders.’ However, after Juice WRLD’s death in December 2019, the album title changed into its current title in retrospect of the artist’s legacy. Two singles released ahead of the album release, namely; “Righteous” and “Tell Me U Luv Me.” Two other promotional singles released days before the album release, namely; “Life’s A Mess” featuring Halsey and “Come & Go” featuring Marshmello. A note released along with the album mentions “We feel that this collection of 15 songs best represents the music Juice was in the process of creating… Juice dedicated his music to his fans and, now more than ever, we hope this album brings some reprieve to everyone during these unsettling times.”
In the first verse of the song, Juice WRLD lists down his “accomplishments” that make him award himself the ‘man of the year’ title. He sees himself as awful when he looks in the mirror, talking to himself too often, intolerable spending on unnecessary luxuries, bottles full of different pills for different issues, meaningless extravagant lifestyle, and so on. It seems like Juice is aware of his toxic behaviors but for some reason, he cannot seem to give up this life. It is a vicious cycle, and it keeps on dragging him down.
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In the chorus, however, Juice sings that he is aware of the fact that some of his lyrics have truly helped his fans get through their own hardships in life. He might be happy with that thought. But, unfortunately enough, his songs could not save him.
In the second verse, Juice makes a reference to the fictional character BuzzLightyear from the ‘Toy Story’ animated movie series. This character’s catchphrase is “to infinity and beyond,” which is also referenced in the song.
Check out the complete lyrics and further meaning breakdown on Genius.