Janelle Monae is a newcomer on the music scene, and with her unique style and fantastic voice, it’s likely that she’ll be around to stay. In her hit song Tightrope, featuring LeftFoot, Monae sings about the importance of balancing one’s life, no matter what the circumstances.
The first few moments of the song discuss the struggle many people face as a result of rumors. It’s likely that celebrities like Monae are especially prone to being talked about behind their backs, but her sentiments are something that most people have probably experienced. Later, in her rousing chorus, Monae urges listeners to not let life get them down.
“Cause baby whether you’re high or low/Whether you’re high or low/You gotta tip on the tightrope,” Monae croons. Later she sings, “I tip on alligators/and little rattle snakers/but I’m another flavor/something like a terminator.”
In her music video, Monae expands upon her theme of mind-body-spirit balance. The short film tells the story of a group of patients who live in a mental institution where dancing has been banned. Each of the patients finds their spirit and overcomes depression by allowing themselves to “dance the tightrope.”
The old adage is that success doesn’t happen overnight. Achieving personal ambitions – whether through a career, love or creativity – requires a person to tap into his or her brain potential and use it every day.
That is the theme of Jay-Z’s popular song, I Made It, which talks about how hard the rapper struggled to get where he is today. He talks about the poverty in which he was raised in Brooklyn, New York, before thanking his mother for raising him – and talking about how he will repay the favor for her unending love.
“Out in BK where / It ain’t everyday that you make it out / Be on top of yachts waving / I remember you saving for the light bill,” Jay-Z raps. “Now you’re lil Ms. Fit / Make sure everyday is Christmas write out your wish list / 6’s wrist is glistening you don’t even like jewels / But you could get missing anyway you like to / Where the waters light blue anything you order / Sign it to your nice room leave a extra tip Ma.”
I Made It follows a common theme on Jay-Z’s album Kingdom Come – living a personal dream. The sentiment appears to be popular, as Kingdom Come was Jay-Z’s highest-selling album in a one week period, with 680,000 sales in the first seven days.