This song finds Wayne pairing social commentary, in which he declares how his unholy country needs God's blessing, with rhymes about his own life which he concludes by asking "Will I die or go to jail today?"
The song's music video was shot in Wayne's hometown of New Orleans. Backstage footage revealed the rapper dancing across the Star-Spangled Banner, presumably as an act of complaint about his country's policies, which outraged American patriots. Normally flags are burned in protest but many felt that Wayne's flag desecration was disrespectful to his nation.
Wayne responded to the controversy by stating that he didn't step on the flag on purpose. "It's a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me," he explained "and after it drops it's just there as I perform."
Wayne explained the song's meaning in a Facebook post. "In most people eyes including my own who were raised in that environment, the Hood is the only America they know and the only America I knew growing up," he said. "I was fortunate from my God giving talents to escape the Hood and see the other beautiful places this country has to offer but most people who are born in that environment don't get that chance. That's their view of their America. That was Dwayne M Carter from Hollygrove, New Orleans view of America. That's who I'm speaking for in this song."
The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" was written by the Motown team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. The phrase "Sugar pie, honey bunch" was something Dozier's grandfather used to say when he was a kid.
The lyrics to "Heartbreak Hotel" were written by a steel guitar player who was once a dishwasher repairman. He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind a note saying only, "I walk a lonely street."
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.