Anyone who tells you they know what's going on in the mind of Kanye West is a liar or a prophet. So just know up front: We have no idea what's going on in the mind of Kanye West. But that's not to say we're not interested. We're very interested. So interested, in fact, that we study the man's every move for clues to unlock his psyche. Understanding what makes him tick is our own personal twisted dark fantasy.
Often we look to the man's lyrics for understanding, and some bear fruit, like, from “My Chain Heavy”: “It's Don Cheadle time, get extra black on 'em” and “I got called nigga on Twitter so many times, yo, I live that.” But now let's turn to Kanye's verse on his recent “Mercy” (featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chains). After studying it intently we now realize it's not just a song about Lamborghinis by guys who don't seem to know much about Lamborghinis. (Though it's that too.)
Let's break this down.
Okay, Lamborghini Mercy, your chick, she so thirsty
I'm in that two seat Lambo with your girl, she tryna jerk me
Kanye doesn't name the parched woman in the Lambo with him who is intent on giving him a hand job, because he is a gentleman.
Insight gained: Kanye is a gentleman.
Let the suicide doors up
I threw suicides on the tour bus
I threw suicides on the private jet
You know what that mean, I'm fly to death
Kanye likes himself some “suicide doors.” We've seen him rap about them before on the Graduation track “Can't Tell Me Nothin'”: “Throw up the suicide doors/ I decide my life, homie, you decide yours.” A suicide door is a car door hinged on the trailing edge, the edge closer to the rear of the vehicle. Lamborghinis don't have suicide doors. They have “scissor doors,” which open upward. It's not clear whether or not Kanye wants suicide or scissor doors on his tour bus or private jet. By calling “scissor doors” “suicide doors,” perhaps Kanye is admitting to us he doesn't know everything, doesn't have all the answers.
Insight gained: Kanye doesn't know it all, is fallible.
I step in Def Jam building like I'm the shit
Tell 'em, “Give me 50 million or I'mma quit”
Typical Kanye bravado, which he uses to mask his true self. He's giving us no insight here, hiding instead behind a puffed up chest.
Insight gained: Zilch
Most rappers' taste level ain't at my waist level
This line could easily be mistaken as more typical Kanye bloviating, but here, it just so happens to be true. He's unafraid to take fashion cues from Pee Wee Herman or a knight at Medieval Times (see photo above), blogs consistently about art, fashion and interior design and has a severe man crush on Marc Jacobs. He's also recently taken to wearing skirts.
Insight gained: Most rappers taste levels aren't up to Kanye's skirt level.
Don't do no press but I get the most press, kid
Plus, my bitch make your bitch look like Precious
Kanye doesn't do press, but dates a woman who insures he'll always be fodder for the tabloids. He is the Alpha and Omega, a man with knowledge of self who is not self-aware.
Insight gained: Kanye vacillates between extreme clarity of vision and blindness. He may also really like Girls' character Adam, kid.
Something about Mary, she gone off that Molly
Now the whole party is melted like Dali
This is a Dali reference by a grown-ass man who adorns the walls of his home with paintings of various Jetsons characters. Kanye here is telling us he regrets some of the choices he's made in the past. He's also clearly dissing Rosie the Robot.
Insight gained: Kanye and Rosie possibly have beef.