PerZpective: Did We Really “Make It?”

We don’t care about the Drake diss. We care about the culture. And Jay-Z and Jay Electronica’s made an impact on the culture this weekend when they dropped their remix of Drake and Soulja Boy’s “We Made It.” @Bdell1014 and @GeedorahKing share their perspectives on the true meaning of “We Made It.”


After decoding the lyrics, it seems as if Jay Elect & Hov were equating “making it” to material possessions. From my perspective, it may seem as though Black people “made it” because society has conditioned the idea that we’re able to work with whites, drive the same cars as them, drink from the same water fountains & etc.

Equality does not = “We Made It,” from an economic standpoint. Blacks only owned 3% of the world’s wealth back in slavery & in this present day the numbers are STILL the same.

Black people haven’t “made it” until we stop being consumers…
Crazy how the vast majority of niggas nowadays define “making it” by how much material shit they possess… that’s caused by an inferiority complex cause we’re still playing catch up & trying to be equal to whites who compensated through slavery.

Just like Yeezy said “Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coupe.”


I see the song as a symbol of a power shift in American culture. Hearing Jay-Z rap about chasing Yakub back in the cave and celebrating melanin is powerful. The cultural power structure that shapes America’s reality has always been Euro-centric. This song is another example of that power structure crumbling before our eyes as icons like Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Lupita Nyong’o shine brighter than the Beibers, Miley’s and DiCaprio’s.

The re-emergence of Jay Elect gives me even more hope that this cultural shift is real. Lord knows if his Rothschild romance is authentic or strategic, but either way his words need to be heard. This generation needs that “Farrakhan of rap” energy and Jay Elect is the only MC worthy and willing to live it. His presence alone suggests that a brighter day is coming.

There is still a lot of progress to be made. And neither of these Jays have all the answers. But both clearly realize that economic empowerment follows self-empowerment. “We Made It” should inspire a reawakening of self in whoever hears it. Those who are already woke should use this as a tool to spread the truth and power further.

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