Kanye West & The Game's 'Eazy' lyrics meaning explained

3 March 2022, 13:30

Here's a breakdown of the lyrics of track 'Eazy' by Kanye West and The Game

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Kanye West and The Game released their ninth official collaboration track 'Eazy' back in January, with the pair releasing the official music video for the song yesterday (March 2).

Kanye West buries Pete Davidson replica in disturbing new 'Eazy' music video

The music video, which sees Kanye take another dig at his estranged wife Kim Kardashian's new beau Pete Davidson has shocked fans globally, with him kidnapping a clay-version of the SNL comedian and then burying him.

Kanye West buries Pete Davidson in his new music video 'Eazy'
Kanye West buries Pete Davidson in his new music video 'Eazy'. Picture: YouTube

Not only is he seen throwing a bag over Pete's head and then tying him up before putting him on the back of an all-terrain vehicle, the 44-year-old rapper appears to drag his body across the dunes before burying him.

Kanye then sprinkles a bag of rose seeds over Pete's head before watching the flowers bloom from his head.

Kanye West buries Pete Davidson in his new music video 'Eazy'
Kanye West buries Pete Davidson in his new music video 'Eazy'. Picture: YouTube

The song, which is named after the late West Coast rapper Eazy-E, heavily samples his 1988 debut single "Eazy Duz It" throughout and was mostly produced by Hit-Boy.

Releasing the cover for the single back in January, the skinned monkey artwork stirred up major controversy with Ye landing in hot water with the animal rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

To celebrate the release of the music video, here's a breakdown of the meaning behind the lyrics to their new track 'Eazy'.

"(He was once a thug from around the way), My life was never (Eazy), My life was never (Eazy)"

This song's chorus and outro feature vocal samples from American R&B singer Michel'le, who originally performed in the intro of Eazy E's 1988 track "Eazy Duz It" where she sings:

"He was once a thug from around the way, Eazy, but you should—".

"I got shot up like Columbine, the Crips descended on me"

In 2001, The Game was shot five times and placed in a coma. In order to describe the magnitude of the crime in which he was involved, the Game makes a comparison to the Columbine High School shooting, in which two teenagers killed 13 people.

Kanye West is seen at ‘DONDA by Kanye West’ listening event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 22, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia
Kanye West is seen at ‘DONDA by Kanye West’ listening event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 22, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Picture: Getty

"There it is, there it was, Don't interrupt just because, It's no love, Shoulder shrug (Shrug)"

Kanye recalls his infamous brawl with Taylor Swift at the 2009 Video Music Awards. Ye interrupted Taylor's acceptance speech to tell the audience that he thought Beyoncé should have won instead, followed by a shrug that became an internet meme.

"God saved me from that crash, Just so I can beat Pete Davidson's ass (Who?), And my new bitch bad"

In this line, Kanye thanks God for surviving the car accident in 2002 that fractured his jaw; which can be famously heard in his breakthrough single "Through the Wire".

He also makes reference to Pete Davidson, a comedian on SNL who is currently dating his soon-to-be ex-wife reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who filed for divorce from Ye in December 2021.

What are the full lyrics to Kanye West & The Game's 'Eazy'?

[Chorus: The Game & Michel'le]
(He was once a thug from around the way)
My life was never (Eazy)
My life was never (Eazy)

[Verse 1: The Game]
Started in my Cutlass clutchin' heat like it's an open oven
Puffin' chronic, Puff and Biggie out the window, speaker subbin'
Run into the Crips, it ain't no discussion
Bullet wounds drenched in Hennessy and teaspoons of Robitussin
Head up faze, got a few concussion, yeah
Compton's amazed, Dr. Dre percussion
God, please grant my nigga eternal life, we need the beats
Aftermath wherе you fall asleep, you do not eat
And my belly is full, gorilla ridin' the bull
Banana clips in thе pool, swan dive in Clase Azul
The opps, I'm on they ass, grandmama whoopings in school
This Wilmington and Brazil where niggas die in they jewels
Too many Problems, too many YGs
So many ties to dollar signs, easy to end up on E
I got shot up like Columbine, the Crips descended on me
Sign my name on the dotted line, that was vengeance on beats
This is the way

[Chorus: The Game & Michel'le]
(He was once a thug from around the way)
My life was never (Eazy)
My life was never (Eazy)

[Refrain: Kanye West]
There it is, there it was
Don't interrupt just because
It's no love
Shoulder shrug (Shrug)

[Verse 2: Kanye West]
How I ain't bring nothin' to the table when I'm the table?
I'ma turn up the music, wake up the neighbors
I'ma get that "Thug Life" tatted 'cross the navel
This is how I am in real life, not just on cable
"Mr. Narcissist," tell me 'bout my arrogance
No more counselin', I don't negotiate with therapists
God Ye, wanna let God in?
But tonight, I guess I'll let my pride win
Cousin Dre sent me scriptures, helped me see life better
Nigga, we havin' the best divorce ever
If we go to court, we'll go to court together
Matter of fact, pick up your sis, we'll go to Kourt's together
I watched four kids for like five hours today
I wear these Yeezy boots everywhere, even in the shower today
I got love for the nannies, but real family is better
The cameras watch the kids, y'all stop takin' the credit
Noncustodial dad, I bought the house next door
What you think the point of really bein' rich for?
When you give 'em everything, they only want more
Boujee and unruly, y'all need to do some chores
Rich-ass kids, this ain't yo' mama house
Climb on your brother's shoulders, get that Top Ramen out
God saved me from that crash
Just so I can beat Pete Davidson's ass (Who?)
And my new bitch bad
I know Illuminati mad
This that New-minati, bitch
This that two Bugatti rich
This that "God did this"
Only God did this

[Refrain: Kanye West]
There it is, there it was
Don't interrupt, just because
Ain't no love, shoulder shrug
Won't He do it? Yes He does
Won't He do it? Yes He does
Won't He do it?

[Chorus: Kanye West & Michel'le]
My life was never (Eazy)
This next one gon' be (Eazy)

[Outro: Michel'le]
(He was once a thug from around the way)
(He was once a thug from around the way, easy)
(He was—, he was—)
(He was—, he was—)
(He was once a—, once a—)
(Thug from a—, thug from a—, from around the way)

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