“Hurricane” is the twentieth track on Kanye West’s 2021 album ‘Donda.’ The song was originally teased as part of Kanye’s scrapped album ‘Yandhi.’ The current version of the song features The Weeknd and Lil Baby on vocals.
‘Donda’ is Kanye West’s tenth studio album released on August 29, 2021, after being teased and delayed multiple times. Kanye West held two listening parties for the album at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta leading up to the album release, and the third party in Chicago. This track was played at the second listening party.
In “Hurricane,” both Lil Baby and Kanye West rap about their story from zero to hero. Both artists do not forget to mention the blessings they had from God to be in this position today. Abel sings the hook and bridge of the song.
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Kanye West “Hurricane” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
Lil Baby opens his verse by mentioning that he had to clean up his act to receive the blessings from the heavens above. ‘Walking on a bridge’ also references moving from one position to another, or changing one’s stance. In this case, Lil Baby is talking about the change in his appreciation and devotion for God.
Sippin’ ’til my stomach hurt, this month I done lost three friends
But life on the streets never gets any easier. Lil Baby references how racial injustices have overtaken the justice system. It seems as if he is losing friends around him every day.
Still remember when I just had three bands
Now I’m the one everyone calling on ’cause I got deep pants
Lil Baby recalls the times when he only had $3,000 to his name. Now, he is sitting on millions of dollars. Kanye West himself praised Lil Baby as his favorite rapper in the game right now. In 2021, Lil Baby is estimated to have a net worth of around $4 million.
In the second verse of “Hurricane,” Kanye West jumps on the beat. He starts off the verse by talking about the blessings he received from God. He praises God for all the successes he has had so far in life. However, he is not impervious to the looks of the devil. He might be crediting his recent divorce to his wife Kim Kardashian to the influence of the devil.
Dropped out of school, but I’m that one at Yale
Kanye West dropped out of school by choice to pursue a career in music. While he did not attend a grandeur university like ‘Yale,’ he used his talents to become one of the most iconic personalities in hip-hop. The end goal in life is to leave your legacy behind with the world being a little bit better than when you entered it. You don’t necessarily have to attend an Ivy League university to do this. ‘Yale’ also sounds like ‘yell’ which can refer to the impact Kanye is making in the music industry.
However, Kanye West knows that he is not impervious to the looks of the devil.
Made the best tracks and still went off the rail
Had to go down, down, down
Kanye has done some miracles in his music career. However, no amount of success can make you fail-proof in life. Oftentimes, it’s the opposite–the more success, the more likely to lose track.
Kanye continues to sing about the highs and lows of his life, albeit factual or imagined. One thing apparent in the lyrics is that Kanye may have foreseen how his family life was degrading over the years.
Sixty-million-dollar home, never went home to it
Kanye West knows that none of the riches in the world really matters if he cannot retain his family. He calls himself a ‘loser’ for this fact but he is not even lazy. He is the busiest loser in the game of life.
The rapper seems to put himself down saying that he always knew that he is not able to maintain this precious balance in work and family. He always knew that the truth would suck to become a reality.
Kanye West closes off his verse by adding a footnote that everybody is so judgemental. Kanye might be the ambassador to speak on being judged about everything he does. Throughout his life, outside of music, he has been the talk of the town, and not for good reasons. The world would be a much nicer place if people had less hate to spread around.
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