No matter how much we try to avoid negative events, they always seem to find us. When something bad happens we often have the tendency to soak in our own misery and think we don’t have what it takes to keep going. These are moments when everyone around us looks so happy, everything seems so easy for them, and here we are, doing our best while life kicks us again and again.
The metaphor implied with this line is so apt that it could be considered as the strongest argument for a “Ye” premise. In literal terms, Burna refers to the stereotypical negative character assessment often given to Nigerians who carry dreadlocks, a hairstyle Burna himself has donned for many years. The double meaning of the line also speaks to an upward rise in police brutality, which people with dreadlocks are often susceptible victims. Burna’s “Ye” story opens from here, as he embraces the mystique of being ‘Lagbaja’ (which literally translates as a John Doe), with a follow up line about being a “biggie man”, whose social status is undiscernible because he doesn’t wear flashy clothing.