An Analysis of the Song “Tuesday”, the Tale of ILOVEMAKONNEN’s Pre-Fame Drug Empire

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Makonnen Sheran , street name iLoveMakonnen, is a hip-hop artist from Atlanta. He rose to fame in 2014 after having Drake remix his life's song "Tuesday". This song is more than a club anthem, it is a modern day classic story about love, the hustle, drugs and power.

Main Hook:

Got the club goin' up, on a Tuesday,

Got your girl in the cut and she choosay 

Makonnen is really busy Sunday, Monday and Wednesday - Saturday. He is against the traditional corporate America work structure.

Your girl likes this, which is why she is currently with Makonnen instead of you. They are in their own special corner of the night club, “da cut”, because she is a refined and selective lady. Note: “the cut” also foreshadows the illegal drug nature of Makonnen's business.

Workin' Monday night, on the corner flippin' hard,

Made at least 3 thousand, on the Boulevard

The story begins Monday, where Makonnen was making multiple, high-quality drug deals. The phrase “flippin’ hard” serves as a pun to dramatize the quality of his goods and his tireless effort to sell tons of drugs. On any given night, he could generate sales of upwards of $3-4k.

I've been workin' graveyard shifts every other weekend,

Ain't got no fuckin' time to party on the weekend

This business is hard, blue-collar work. Homie isn’t clocking out at 5pm, he is flippin’ while you're busy trippin’ at happy hour.

I've been flippin' in the house, makin' juugs on the highway,

I've been ridin' out of state, makin' money like my way

In order to maintain a competitive edge in the blackmarket, Makonnen strives to keep his customers happy. His start-up has skyrocketed in sales on both the “Boulevard” and his home, leading him to expand operations to other cities through covert logistics through interstate highways.

I don't think that I should dance, I'm just gon' have another drink

Through this journey so far, Makonnen establishes that he is no Mom and Pop shop, he is a mogul on the rise. And this mogul has finally had the chance to celebrate on this fine Tuesday. He is humble about his work, thus refraining from dancing and maintaining a demeanor of mystery by drinking.

I'm doin' my stance, you know my molly pink,

I got the loudest of the loud, you know I got stink

Makonnen takes this moment to pitch some of his products. He is being casual while tripping on pink MDMA, in case you had any doubts of his sensitive side. Speaking of product line, we all know you’ve been wondering and the answer is yes. He has “the loudest of the loud”, the best of the best, so look no further: he has marijuana.

My P.O think I'm in the house,

Don't give a damn about what she think

Like most politicians and Fortune 500 Executives, Makonnen has a skeleton in his closet. He doesn’t delve too deep into his pasts’ woes and misfortunes but it involves a serious run in with law enforcement. A tinge of his cockiness comes out here, just as any man would be when his pride and work is questioned.

It ain’t no way no how,

I made it on my own, I made my own style,

I don't think that I should stay, you know I gotta' go,

You're moving too fast, don’t wanna take it slow

At the height of his business and near Cartel endorsement, Makonnen walks away from it all. He knew he created something beautiful from nothing, a true American success story. In the end, it was all too fast paced and he didn't want to stray away from what he truly loved: simply rapping about it all.

Running Out of Patience, Mr. President.

2 YEARS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH TO FIX:

  1. A health care and education system in downturn
  2. The worst economic crisis since the depression
  3. An environmental crisis that many have yet to acknowledge
  4. A lack of bipartisanship in Congress
  5. Manage a huge financial deficit (inherited from the previous 8 years)

Where’s your magic wand Obama? Do you not have magical powers like the supposed witch, Christine O’Donnell?  Why aren’t you as qualified as the charming Sarah Palin? Sometimes I wonder if you’re even a real American because a birth certificate wasn’t enough.

In fact, I feel that you haven’t delivered all the “change” that you have promised.  As an American, I don’t have enough patience to wait in a drive thru so what makes you think I’m going to wait for your policies to take positive effect? Like my state representatives, I just wish you would tell me what I want to hear instead of doing what you know is best for our country.

As a smooth speaker, half knowledge, and mildy witty citizen, I feel that I am more qualified to run this nation than you are. I probably know more about the economy, intricacies of taxation, implementing bills, and social welfare than any current politician. Surely I’m informed enough since news coverage has always been impartial or misconstrued anything. I could run this country. Polls never lie: America thinks youre failing. If not me personally, then why not Sarah Palin? She’s JUST like ME: qualified.

Sure, you’re the strongest supporter of the gay community than any other President. Forget the hate crime laws. Put aside the new business regulations to prevent future economic meltdowns. Lets ignore the fact that unlike the previous 7 Presidents, you successfully passed a healthcare reform. I dont know what a socialist is but I know you are one. And clearly you really enjoyed issuing all those bailouts to major corporations.

But still, WHERE IS THE CHANGE? Do you even care about us regular folks? Do you even plan on helping small businesses and restoring our middle class? Doubt it.

At least I know I’m succeeding as an American. I put my own ideological beliefs first. I will fight to keep my tax cuts while expecting our deficit to decrease. I will continuously arouse panic and lead my community with falsified promises.

Tomorrow, on November 2, I will vote. My vote will depend on my level of patience, how much I can relate to the candidate, and which tell me what I want to hear.

I voted for you in 2008 but now I cannot bear to handle the hard truth: recovery takes time.

What we need are:

  1. Policies everyone can agree upon
  2. Quick fix policies
  3. Candidates in office we can relate to, too well.
  4. Continuous questioning of our Senators and Members of Congress every time they attempt to vote according to their logic (likely against our own).
  5. The Government to help us recover from all our personal, financial mistakes
  6. The Government to provide everything without our taxes.

Oh, and the world is probably ending.