Gospel – Unraveling the Intricate Layers of Rebellion and Identity


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Rich Brian's Gospel at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. Anthems of Anarchy: Breaking Down ‘Gospel’s’ Rebel Yell
  5. The Orca Blade: A Metaphor for Sharp Individuality
  6. Embracing the Role of the Outsider
  7. The Hidden Meaning: A Dive into Self-Destructive Tendencies
  8. Memorable Lines that Echo Beyond the Song

Lyrics

Ayy, huh, yuh (members only)
Hey, shouts-out Rich Chigga (gang)
Ayy (Ronny J, listen up) ayy, ayy, ayy

Niggas move like hoes, I don’t get it, bitch, yuh
I will put a fuckin’ hole in your fitted bitch, yuh
Run a check, Lil Llàri, bitch, I’m with it, bitch, yuh
Backseat, with that heat, fuck with it, ayy (yuh)
Bitch, I’m on parole, still hit the dope, ayy (yuh)
I just wanna fuck, ayy, bitch, I am a ho, ayy (yuh)
Feds on a stroll, still keep a pole (ayy, yuh)
Fuck with my niggas, catch a dick in your throat (ayy, huh)

Fuck wit’ it, fuck wit’ it, fuck wit’ it, fuck wit’ it
Fuck wit’ it, fuck wit’ it, fuck wit’ it, fuck wit’ it, ayy
Fuck nigga, ayy, fuck nigga, ayy, fuck nigga, ayy, fuck nigga
Fuck wit’ it, fuck wit’ it, fuck wit’ it, fuck wit’ it (ayy)
Fuck wit’ it, fuck wit’ it, fuck wit’ it, fuck wit’ it, ayy
Fuck nigga, yuh, ayy (yuh)
Fuck nigga, yuh, ayy (yuh)
Fuck nigga, yuh (yuh)
Ayy, yuh (ayy)

I got opiate in my mothafuckin’ vein, yuh (ayy, yuh)
I got orca blade in my mothafuckin’ hand, yuh (ayy, yuh)
Kill my enemies then they go bleed to death, yuh (ayy, yuh)
Wrist from underwater and my Gin on some Satan, yuh (ayy, yuh)
난 그냥 천천히 Killin’ myself (yuh)
Let me go underwater and wet up myself (ayy, yuh)
이 세상한테 패배할 바에 (Ayy, yuh)
그냥 난 차라리 자살할래 (Ayy, yuh)
난 걸어 다니는 범고래 (Ayy, ayy)
Sprayin’ water like Killer Whale (ayy, ayy)
Look at my, look at my orca fames (ayy, ayy)
It’s us, flexin’ like cocaine (ayy, woah)
도망쳐, 쫓아갈 땐, Ayy (ayy, woah)
잡히면 뺏겨, 네 체인, Ayy (ayy, woah)
그래, 인마, 나, 나는 죄인 (Ayy, woah)
Tanking on my neck, know I’m the man (ayy, umm, woah)
And I’m still Underwater-water (ayy, woah)
난 수상에서 신처럼 걸어 (Ayy, yuh, woah)
친구들이랑 복면 쓰고 털어 (Ayy, woah)
시도 말고 우릴 보면 도망쳐, Wuss (bitch, ooh, ayy)
Fuck it up, run it up, 도망쳐, ayy (bitch, ooh, ayy)
Fuck it up, run it up, 도망쳐, ayy (bitch, ooh, ayy)
도망쳐, 도망쳐, 어디로, 어디로 (Bitch, bitch)
잡히면 나는 뺏어, 네 체인 (Yeah, chain, chain)
Fuck it up, run it up, 도망쳐, ayy (bitch, ooh, ayy)
Fuck it up, run it up, 도망쳐, ayy (bitch, ooh, ayy)
도망쳐, 도망쳐, 어디로, 어디로 (Bitch)
잡히면 나는 뺏어, 네 체인 (Yeah, bitch, ayy)

Uh, ay, yuh
Born in ’99 and I got 99 chicks in my crib (ayy, what?)
X got out the Pen, I knew about it from his fuckin’ team (ayy)
Only make this shit then when you listen, you gon’ fuckin’ quit
Not from Florida but they like, “He go hard, he just a jit” (buh, ayy)
On my dick, ayy, why you on my dick?
Swear, last week, you wasn’t fuckin’ with me
Now you tryna clique (ayy)
Wait, bitch, please do not make me wait
I fly over to your state (ayy)
Don’t be lyin’ like the mothafuckin’ cake, uh (ayy)
20/20 vision, still not fuckin’ with it
Every move I make, I do with precision
Everybody tryna get on a song
But what is the purpose when I’m not the feature?
Woah, tryna be the GOAT but I just see them walkin’ by my door
Make the country proud, I got the governor wearin’ all my clothes

Full Lyrics

Rich Brian, formerly known as Rich Chigga, has a knack for embedding complex themes within the aggressive lines of his rap artistry. His song ‘Gospel’ is no exception, serving as a potent blend of raw emotion, societal critique, and self-examination.

Delving into the lyrics reveals a layered narrative that exceeds mere bravado—it’s a deep dive into the psyche of an artist at odds with the world around him and struggling with inner turmoil, all set against a backdrop of hard-hitting beats and irreverent delivery.

Anthems of Anarchy: Breaking Down ‘Gospel’s’ Rebel Yell

From the onset, Rich Brian’s ‘Gospel’ blares like a siren of disobedience. The brazen defiance in lines like ‘Niggas move like hoes, I don’t get it, bitch’ is more than surface-level rebellion—it’s a denouncement of authenticity’s suffocation in modern society.

The mention of ‘Bitch, I’m on parole, still hit the dope’ and ‘Feds on a stroll, still keep a pole’ are not just admissions of unlawful behavior but rather symbolic of a larger disregard for the oppressive structures that Brian perceives as attempting to constrain his and others’ true selves.

The Orca Blade: A Metaphor for Sharp Individuality

Perhaps the most gripping imagery within the song comes in the form of ‘orca blade’—a symbol ripe with power and uniqueness. The lines ‘I got orca blade in my mothafuckin’ hand, yuh’ while initially hinting at violence, could be interpreted as Brian’s way of expressing distinctiveness in a sea of conformity.

By wielding this metaphorical ‘orca blade,’ Brian cuts through the waves of societal expectations, forging his own path much like the majestic whale that stands out in its own right, untamed and formidable.

Embracing the Role of the Outsider

‘난 걸어 다니는 범고래 (Ayy, ayy)’ the Korean lyrics proclaim, painting Brian as a walking anomaly—an orca amongst the mundane. His identity as an outsider, given his Indonesian roots in a genre dominated by other cultures, becomes a mantle worn with pride throughout the song.

‘Not from Florida but they like, ‘He go hard, he just a jit’ (buh, ayy)’ further solidifies his place as an exception to the rule. There’s an acknowledgement and even a celebration of the dichotomy that he embodies as an artist.

The Hidden Meaning: A Dive into Self-Destructive Tendencies

‘Kill my enemies then they go bleed to death, yuh’—on its face, the lyric plays into the nihilistic, hyper-violent trope of rap. However, the hidden meaning comes to light when one considers the self-directed aggression present throughout ‘Gospel.’

Brian’s references to opiates, suicide, and a life of risk suggest a deeper struggle with the pressures and pains of fame, identity, and existence. It’s a raw, unfiltered look at a psyche under siege, using the language of bravado as a mask for vulnerability.

Memorable Lines that Echo Beyond the Song

Among the lyrical chaos lie some truly arresting lines that encapsulate the essence of ‘Gospel.’ Lines such as ’20/20 vision, still not fuckin’ with it’ not only showcase Brian’s lyrical prowess but also his disillusionment with the clear-cut notions of success and visibility.

‘Swear, last week, you wasn’t fuckin’ with me / Now you tryna clique’ reveals the fickleness of fans and followers, adding to the song’s commentary on inauthenticity and the fleeting nature of popularity. These moments ground the song, giving listeners a hook to hold onto amid the turbulence.

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