1 Aprile 2015 11:01

Wale – The White Shoes | video premiere

A promozione del suo quarto album "The Album About Nothing", pubblicato ieri, Wale rilascia il video per "The White Shoes". Il…

A promozione del suo quarto album “The Album About Nothing”, pubblicato ieri, Wale rilascia il video per “The White Shoes”. Il rapper della Maybach Music parte da una delle metafore all’apparenza più banali per lasciare un messaggio molto efficace.


Le “scarpe bianche” non sono il solito riferimento stilistico alla moda nel rap nè un modo per parlare di razzismo. Le scarpe bianche non sono insomma un modo per distinguersi da tutti gli altri, ma rappresentano per Wale e Jerry Sanfield (che sentiamo nello skit iniziale) la positività.

Lo stesso messaggio ci viene trasmesso dal video. Un ragazzino lavora duramente per comprare un paio di sneaker bianche che tanto gli piacevano. Le porta orgogliosamente ai piedi e vengono anche notate da un gruppo di ragazzi più grandi che, però, sono molto più superficiali e a cui “non interessa cosa fai, ma come appari […]. Ti apprezzano per il tuo status e il tuo guardaroba“.  Per questa loro superficialità e invidia, purtroppo al ragazzino non andrà bene, ma la positività viene così diffusa ovunque.


I had a lady once stop me on the street.
I was wearing white shoes.
And she says, “I’m glad you’re sticking with the white shoes.”
She says, “It makes me feel good.”

Take this good advice
If they’re gonna judge you for life
Say we can’t always be fly
We gon’ be good long as them sneakers white
You’ll be alright
Said you’ll be alright
Said you’ll be alright
Said you’ll be alright

Gucci iced out, whole hood had ’em
Ice cream ‘fore the hypebeasts that’s into fashion
Being forreal, yo try being Pharrell
When your black ass in a back class, the fronting was real
No Lauren London, we was on a budget
You know, sharin’ Old Navy so the army could be fresh in public
Where the sneaker stores and laundromats get all the money
Cause it ain’t ’bout what you’re doin’, ’bout how you’re lookin’
When they love you for your status and your catalog
And everybody got a jersey to play along
Back then the hoes checkin’ for your zapatos
So even dirty niggas had the foams


Biotech trainers on the way to work
And we would quietly complain while Eric would lurk
That was the PG Plaza manager, managin’ us
Yeah I’m standin’ in Lucky 7s but slingin’ them Lugz
Still have them Js for the low, low, and I could get ’em early
But I’m not without a conscience, I see people out there hurtin’
Got ’em for Penny Foams that was bought at this very store
And I think that was my shift, then again I’m not very sure
And that’s a lot that can get to ya
When you’re not sellin’ drugs but the outcome is similar
Cause out come them niggas with pistols, tellin’ you give ’em up
Now out come the moms with tissues cause you ain’t give a fuck
Free lunch for everyone, income was very uh
On the second and 16th everyone would have every 1
And Reebok would carry pump, and that’s not the scary part
These niggas love white shoes so much they’d be buried in them


You’ll be alright
You’ll be alright
You’ll be alright
You’ll be alright


No matter how good or lavish us niggas got it
We just a bunch of ravenous addicts living for fancy haberdashery


This article was last modified on 12 Marzo 2019 18:47

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