DOES LIL UZI HAVE A DEEPER MEANING BEHIND THE SONG “MONEY LONGER”?

by | May 15, 2018 | Culture, Music

Everyone knows the classic Uzi song “Money Longer” with the lyrics that paint a poetic picture of the effects of gaining a lot of money in a short amount of time.

Genius suggests that Lil Uzi has “no worries” like Lil Wayne when Uzi says “it do not matter.” But is it deeper than that? We think so. In the book “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines, a man named Jefferson, an African American field worker, is accused of a crime he did not commit. The first thing Jefferson says to his aunt after getting in trouble is “it don’t matter” and during a jail visit, he repeats it to her because he believes there is nothing they can do to counteract the accusation based upon race. He is wrongfully convicted because he is black and the jurors cared more about race than justice and want to keep the minorities oppressed. Uzi has been known to reference different forms of entertainment so it would not be unthinkable this verse was placed in the song to make a statement and not just flex.

Ernest J. Gaines, the African American author was born as a sharecropper and the oldest of 12. He promotes freedom of ideas in many different forms especially for his ideas on how race effects society. He has won numerous awards for his thought-provoking literature on the topic, including the National Humanities Medal.

Genius is a good company who strives to provide backgrounds on all songs from contributors and occasionally the artists. But sometimes Genius does not pick up on very specific references unless it is extremely obvious, so on this occasion, it could have a deeper meaning that one of the contributors suggested.

Lil Uzi is a passionate person who is a great example of black excellence and through this simple line of saying, “It do not matter”, he could be portraying that his wealth and success could not be held down by the oppressive ties of society.

Check out the song again below.

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