Lil Wayne ft. Jake Troth – My Heart Races On

Today, I will do a song by an artist that so many of you already know Lil Wayne or Weezy F Baby. The song of the week is “My Heart Races On” which appears on the Free Weezy project. This album is a project that I feel is overlooked by many people (me included), but after giving the album a second chance, I managed to find some hidden gems.
Lyrics:
[Jake Troth:]
When this world comes crashing
And time flies right past us
Love only lasts if my heart races on
So I step on the gas, burning faster and faster
‘Cause love only lasts if my heart races on
I’m racing on it, on
I’m racing on, if my heart races on[Lil Wayne:]
Uh, I’m priceless, remember me like they remember the Titans
Reality bit me and continue to bite me
Got no degree but where I’m from, that’s the original climate
Where you can’t tell a fiend a crack rock isn’t a diamond
Hold on, Lord if my Bugatti come to a dead end
I’ve already been everywhere except heaven
And tomorrow’s not promised, when I’m gone but not forgotten
I hope my homies calming down my momma, Lord
I guess I’ll see you on that other side
Where the flowers never die, the angels never lie
Yeah, the revolution will be televised
I just hope my contribution will be memorized
Oh, momma hate I got my daddy’s eyes
Never looked into my daddy’s eyes, he ain’t have the time
F–k him, the revolution will be televised
I just hope my contribution will be memorized

[Jake Troth (Lil Wayne):]
When this world comes crashing
And time flies right past us (Hold on)
Love only lasts if my heart races on (Hold on)
So I step on the gas, burning faster and faster (Hold on)
‘Cause love only lasts if my heart races on
I’m racing on if (I’m gone), on (I’m gone)
I’m racing on, if (I’m gone), my heart races on

[Lil Wayne:]
Uh, Tunechi you an angel
Must be here for a reason, and that might be the main one
Fuck it, I’m making money before making changes
I sold my soul to the devil, he bought it then exchanged it
Fuck it, I’m working bitch, I know you see me working
Searching for better days, before a better person
I’m perfect, just ask my bitch and she’ll say that’s so urgent
I purchased, my children gifts and I just keep the curses
Yeah, my heart right and my head ain’t, cause I’m never in my right mind
But I’m Einstein when I do think, and I grew wings
If you catch a feather just keep it, and I’ll be racing on
No short cuts, no cheating

[Jake Troth (Lil Wayne):]
When this world comes crashing
And time flies right past us (Hold on)
Love only lasts if my heart races on (Hold on)
So I step on the gas, burning faster and faster (Hold on)
‘Cause love only lasts if my heart races on
(My heart right and my head ain’t)
I’m racing on if (I’m gone), on, (I’m gone)
I’m racing on, if (I’m gone)
My (There’s nothing left but to fly, if you catch a feather just keep it) heart races on

[Lil Wayne:]
This morning I woke up on my good side
Life is just a race against time so have a good time
Heart racing, thoughts racing, competition, goodbye
I turn around, run backwards to see what second place look like
Oh Lord, what are we running from?
The police cause they already killed enough of us
Stay out them streets cause they don’t fuck with us, they hunting us
We in a race against racists, that’s a color run
I keep my feet above the ground, we gon’ run the town
Heart racing on, beat, beat, beating, knock and pound
Love marathon, getting deeper by the mile
I see no finish line, on your mark, set, pow

Interpretation and Reflection:
Jake Troth  opens up the hook with a serene tone along with a vibrant melody. He says that if everything else fails and the world is going to end, the only thing he will have is love. If this worst-case scenario does happen to occur his heart will actually “race” to accommodate his emotions.
Lil Wayne starts the first verse by referencing the movie – Remember The Titans (disney movie where boys played football together as blacks and whites at a time where racism was prevalent).
Wayne continues with his amazing wordplay by saying I got no degree but where I am from, that’s the original climate. Take a second to reminisce on that line. He is basically saying he never went to college but its not a big deal because everyone in his environment probably never saw college as an option. He continues on this tangent by referencing the presence of drugs in Hollygrove (lil wayne’s neighborhood). He then reminds us that tomorrow is never promised but if it never comes, he wants to be remembered for all of his works. Weezy then closes by getting personal by referencing that he has the same eyes as his father-who left him when he was young.
The second verse, Wayne says that he has a purpose in life and that he can’t leave the earth until all of his goals are accomplished. In his career, weezy has made a lot of money (maybe because he sold his sold his sold to the devil)? He hopes that one day he will be able to achieve them all thus allowing “his heart to race on”.
Over the past ten years, this has to be one of the most meaningful songs that weezy put out. The first time that I heard this song, it somehow touched my soul because everything that Wayne was talking about was so REAL. Again to my Schoolboy Q reference, this is not Weezy’s lane but if he decides to start taking this route, there is no way I can be disappointed. In the end, I really wonder what makes our heart race on.
Listen to “My Heart Races On” below:
https://9xtunes.com/single/4090/my-heart-races-on-lil-wayne

2 thoughts on “Lil Wayne ft. Jake Troth – My Heart Races On”

  1. As always, excellent post, excellent song, and excellent analysis. Like Olivia, i never saw Lil Wayne as a substantive artist, since most of his music that goes popular requires a catchy melody and simple lyrics. However, this song certainly has some interesting quotes and a lot to think about. You reference the line “I got no degree but where I am from, that’s the original climate.” I think this is really interesting because all the songs you mention to to reference the systemic inequalities facing african american culture today. I think this shift in music genera and culture itself towards recognizing the more subtle, but pervasive disparities in culture is very interesting and I am looking forward to hearing more music that discusses the topic.

  2. I really enjoyed this song and your analysis of course. I never thought this song or a lot of his work had much substance but I’m glad you brought this to our attention. Before now, I had never noticed the Remember the Titans reference in the song and that’s one of my favorite movies! This was great.

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