Here, Tyler the Creator gender-flips the popular idiom "a girl is a gun." The phrase was originally popularized by LA streetwear label Pleasures, which emblazoned it in a bold red font on T-shirts. The design took off when Playboi Carti, one of the early supporters of Pleasures, wore the shirt in the video for his July 2017 track "Magnolia
The phrase is associated with the notion that women can be dangerous to the unassuming male if not properly respected. Tyler's gender-bent take on the idiom plays on the concept of love being dangerous. He takes us through the arc of a gay relationship from the initial coming together to an acrimonious breakup. Falling in and out of love, according to the rapper, can be as being as perilous as playing with a loaded gun.