ALL IN – The Deep Dive into Vulnerability and Survival in the Rap Game


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for YoungBoy Never Broke Again's ALL IN at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. The Blinking Lights of Vulnerability in a Tough Exterior
  5. Barriers and Bullets: The Paradox of Security
  6. Prescriptions and Impermanence: The Battle with Inner Demons
  7. A Lyrical Journey Through Gangland Poetics
  8. Hidden Meanings: The Echoes of Loyalty and Loss

Lyrics

(12Hunna on the beat)
(Goddamn, BJ made another one)

If say how I feel
Would you really listen?
If you was all mine
I’d be all in

Came up outta that dirt pile, now I’m ballin’
And I don’t need no church when I’m heaven-sent
Hope God put the loyalty in all my friends
‘Cause Lord knows I got they back to the end
Right now I’m recordin’ with the mic sittin’ in my hand
I wish Three was on my left, where my Styrofoam is
Got up out of Cypress, went to the Woodlands
Got a safe room in my crib
Ain’t no tellin’ when I’ma have to use it
We all know how I live
Keepin’ my gun everywhere I go
We all know I’m still here
Question my girl but love her strong
We all know how that is
Payin’ for my daddy to come home
Pray he get a appeal
Hope he come take me away, keep me from off of these pills
And come get me from off of this drank before my kidneys, they fail
Tell my son it made me calm, I don’t know what I’m doin’
Tell my girl these hoes can’t make me cum, I only want her to do it
Ten lines straight goin’ on ten days, my body ain’t got no fluids
Please, oh, please don’t die tryin’ on a real
All alone, stalks and the shottas are unjudgemental
It ain’t too far, right by the AM Mart up where they left my name
Won’t be that long, yeah, it’ll be a while
‘Til my love life right again, killas on side again
Butterflies, paradise, them bullets left out the wind

If say how I feel
Would you really listen?
If you was all mine
I’d be all in

If I took the clean route, bank accounts got cleaned out
We’ll still be at war, ridin’ with the mops, tryna wipe the block down
.50 rounds on the bottom of that Glock, standin’ in front of mom’s house
Steady screamin’, “Gang life,” know my time comin’ ’round

If I say how I feel
Would you really listen?
If you was all mine
I be all in
If I say how I feel
Would you really listen?
If you was all mine
I be all in

(OneHunnid on the beat)
(Goddamn, BJ made another one)

Full Lyrics

In an era where rap often oscillates between braggadocio and soul-bearing honesty, YoungBoy Never Broke Again (NBA YoungBoy) crafts a narrative that doesn’t shy from the introspective stirrings of a troubled soul. ‘ALL IN,’ a standout track from his prolific soundscape, serves as both confessional and testament, peeling back the layers of a complex psyche to reveal the raw nerves of ambition, loyalty, and an intractable survivalist mentality.

YoungBoy’s fraught journey—from a tumultuous childhood to the dizzying heights of hip-hop fame—is interwoven with the brooding beats and heartfelt lyrics of ‘ALL IN.’ As we delve into the recesses of the song, we uncover a mosaic of struggle and sincerity where his relentless quest for realness collides with the trials of the street life he can’t seem to fully escape.

The Blinking Lights of Vulnerability in a Tough Exterior

The opening lines of ‘ALL IN’ reveal a jarring dichotomy: an artist pleading for genuine connection amid a life spent in the limelight. NBA YoungBoy swiftly dismantles his own barriers, questioning the reciprocity of his emotional investment. The candor is striking, and it is within this longing to be ‘all in’ with someone that we latch onto the universal human desire to be understood and valued.

But this isn’t just about romantic love. It’s a deeper cry from someone whose experiences have taught him to guard his trust like a fortress. He challenges his audience to partake in the vulnerability of his narrative, to listen when he lays bare his plight—a plea as much for companionship as it is for acknowledgment.

Barriers and Bullets: The Paradox of Security

Further in the song, physical and emotional walls manifest in the ‘safe room’ of NBA YoungBoy’s abode— a necessary fixture in a life sprinkled with danger. The stark imagery of a room created to shield from threats is powerful, hinting at the ceaseless vigilance and isolation of an individual atop a kingdom wrought with peril.

The allusion to protection extends beyond the corporeal; it is the security of his loyalty to companions, the concealment of weapons, and the barriers around his heart. Yet, despite all these defenses, vulnerability leaks through the verses, painting a portrait of a man who can protect his body but struggles to safeguard his soul.

Prescriptions and Impermanence: The Battle with Inner Demons

In a stark exposition, ‘ALL IN’ doesn’t flinch from YoungBoy’s personal battles with substance abuse. His poignant lines address the numbing effect of drugs, a temporary solace from the stormy realities he faces. The mention of ‘pills’ and ‘drank’ becomes an admission of a dependency used as an anchor in the chaos.

It’s a battle of body versus mind, with the grim undertone that this self-medication could snatch away the very success he’s crafted. There’s a tremble in the bravado here—a hint at mortality and the palpable fear that his coping mechanisms may lead to his undoing.

A Lyrical Journey Through Gangland Poetics

Gang life incantations and associations with violence are a recurrent theme in YoungBoy’s body of work, and ‘ALL IN’ presents it as both an inescapable reality and a haunting inheritance. The streets serve as a setting where the mops (guns) and the strife are as much a part of the environment as the air he breathes.

Even as he contemplates distancing himself from this world through ‘the clean route,’ he acknowledges the gravitational pull of his origins. It’s a testament to the endurance of street codes and the complex identity negotiations faced by someone trying to evolve while remaining authentic to ‘where they left my name.’

Hidden Meanings: The Echoes of Loyalty and Loss

Beneath the surface bravado, ‘ALL IN’ wears its heart on its sleeve with regards to YoungBoy’s relationships—particularly with friends and family. The yearning for a father’s return juxtaposed with the unconditional support for his crew reveals a central theme: the fierce loyalty that lies at the core of his music and life.

The repeated wish for his father’s appeal to grant freedom, along with the symbolic ‘left’ where ‘Styrofoam’— typically associated with lean consumption— resides, exhibits both the burden of absence and the desire for a compass away from self-destruction. This song’s deeper meaning lies not in the exploits he narrates, but in the unspoken bond that ties him to those he’d sacrifice it all for.

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