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Deconstruction of Lyrics
“Yonkers” byTyler the Creator
By Kelechi Okorie
Meaning of Song
Tyler (Artist) explains that this song is
meant to be a “conversation” between
himself and his white, evil...
Verse 1
Tyler says that he is talking to his alter ego
Wolf Haley. Wolf is the one claiming to be a
walking paradox, butTy...
Verse 2
Tyler contradicts himself by telling Jesus to
stop b**chin'(complaining), but in the next
verse he starts complain...
Verse 2
HayleyWilliams is the lead singer of the
band Paramore. She was featured in the
B.o.B soft rap hit “Airplanes”. Fr...
Verse 2
A “team of leaders” is paradoxical –
if the entire team is leading, who’s
following?.
“Green paper” refers to mone...
Verse 2
A “team of leaders” is paradoxical –
if the entire team is leading, who’s
following?.
“Green paper” refers to mone...
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Deconstruction of lyrics

  1. 1. Deconstruction of Lyrics “Yonkers” byTyler the Creator By Kelechi Okorie
  2. 2. Meaning of Song Tyler (Artist) explains that this song is meant to be a “conversation” between himself and his white, evil, swagged-out alter egoWolf Haley.
  3. 3. Verse 1 Tyler says that he is talking to his alter ego Wolf Haley. Wolf is the one claiming to be a walking paradox, butTyler is resisting. A paradox is a contradicting but true statement; he claims to be a walking paradox, then he contradicts that statement, because he is not literally a walking paradox.Tyler wish he had dreads to shake (that’s really where the line comes from).Tyler is claiming to be really “hard” (tough) on the line “Bedrock, harder than…”. “Scribble” is street slang for tagging/graffiti. One could interpret this phrase asTyler writing his lyrics about his sins – like murder, drug use, sex, watching Nickelodeon, etc.Tyler doesn’t want to hear about Syd’s problems, so he directs her to his therapist who is actually just himself with a deeper voice.
  4. 4. Verse 2 Tyler contradicts himself by telling Jesus to stop b**chin'(complaining), but in the next verse he starts complaining about his therapist. “3 past 6” = a 9 millimetre gun, which he can use to “go postal” which has become a euphemism for going on a shooting spree. Notable clock wordplay involving the phrase clocking three past six. “AdventureTime” is a surreal children’s Cartoon Network show .Tyler loves to watch this show. Can also be taken to mean that he went home for some “AdventureTime” in the sense of his adventurous actions in the next two lines.Tyler’s mom left LA to go up North when he turned 18. Obviously, Tyler’s mum would probably think he was gay if she caught him dancing around the house in panties. (Hence the next line…)
  5. 5. Verse 2 HayleyWilliams is the lead singer of the band Paramore. She was featured in the B.o.B soft rap hit “Airplanes”. FromTyler’s comments on this song and others, his beef is not just with Hayley, B.o.B or Bruno, but rather with the larger trend of bland, uncreative pop music they and others have released lately. Bruno Mars was featured on B.o.B’s hit “Nothin' On You”.Tyler has expressed a dislike for the brand of prepackaged, pop-oriented hip- hop that is gaining popularity recently. He often complains about the similar chord progression in many of these songs. IfTyler stabbed his esophagus, he could also hit his larynx (voice box), if Mars' voice box is damaged he’ll no longer be able to make music.
  6. 6. Verse 2 A “team of leaders” is paradoxical – if the entire team is leading, who’s following?. “Green paper” refers to money, “gold teeth” to jewellery. Ironically, in the next line he states that he wants none of those things. HereTyler is likely saying that “the black kids” never wanted to read cooking books because they didn’t have food to eat.
  7. 7. Verse 2 A “team of leaders” is paradoxical – if the entire team is leading, who’s following?. “Green paper” refers to money, “gold teeth” to jewellery. Ironically, in the next line he states that he wants none of those things. HereTyler is likely saying that “the black kids” never wanted to read cooking books because they didn’t have food to eat.

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