Complexity Of Man

Offset finally released his highly anticipated album, to be frank it was totally different from he normally puts out. Not to give too much away he raps about the complexities of manhood. It was refreshing to hear him speak as a man.  He actually took the J.Cole’s  approach, which is something I could appreciate. Fans can only tolerate you rapping about your possessions for only so long.  Like the legendary entertainers before him have stated, its time for them to acknowledge their power and do better. Many people don’t give The Migo’s credit for their influence.  

The first track is called “Father of Four” it’s one of the most vulnerable songs on the album.  On this track he admits to not acknowledging his daughter. Not too many have the courage to own the fact that they were skeptical in the beginning. I pray that if his daughter ever hears this track, he’ll be prepared to address it. Sadly, I know about this topic way more than I care to divulge. Honestly, I'm grateful he’s man enough to admit it because he’s not the only man who’s harbored similar feelings. Glad he acknowledged the possibility and stepped up instead of being a f*&%$ boy ignoring the child all together. Which creates a hurricane of hurt where the mother regurgitates hurt onto the child etc. 

 It’s so much to unpack in the first three bars alone. The elders always said don’t do permanent things with temporary people. Even though it’s easier said than done. This is a primary example, we’re taught to only have sex when married, but everyone knows when our body yearns flesh it’s a wrap.  Moving forward when the time is appropriate, he should teach his kids if someone accuses them of fathering their child a different way to handle it. Growing up the women in my family always told the men to play like it's yours until Auntie Dana tells you otherwise (DNA test). There is nothing worse than trying convince to your child that they were wanted or planned.  Not doing what I mentioned previously can create resentment, abandonment and depression. Again, don’t want to come off preachy except some of these things hit close to home. 

Next topic he addresses is the absenteeism of his father. This is something that clearly affected him because he paid heavily for his father's sins. He documents each transition of manhood he’s been through. Not every man can admit that they messed up or fully expressing theirfeelings. For this alone is admirable, it proves that black men aren't monolithic. He’s showing the hood it’s ok to have feelings and we will still respect you.  

At some point you have to grow up and leave childish tendencies behind. We all know overgrown men still hanging with the little boys on the block.  Back in the day, the older men did wrong yet, they were mindful of doing it in front of the youth. They showed you the repercussions of your actions and taught you rules to abide by. The absenteeism affected him because his father wasn’t there to show him other ways to hustle. He grew up watching then men on his block getting money.  He rapped about ending the cycle because those nights in jail are impacted him in more ways than one. It resulted in missing monumental years in his family's life, business deals etc. It's clear he wants to help others otherwise he wouldn’t have put this type of track out. 

Clarity and peace are a beautiful thing once it’s obtained. You’ll do anything to keep it because no sane person desires mess. Even if you don’t respect The Migos as a group or after listening to this album should definitely earn your respect. He could’ve easily put some trash content that’s poisoning the minds of our youth but instead made a conscious decision to sway teens in another direction. His Breakfast Club interview next to Killa Mike’s is one for the books! His features are Atlanta’s royalty which include Cee-Lo, Big Rube, Gucci Mane. 


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