The Deconstruction of New Amerikah Part Two (Pg. 7)


Armor Plated
“One of her songs is called ’20 Feet Tall’ and so I [interpreted that] as she’s gotta become this strong person to survive in the world and build up this type of armor to protect herself from all these elements. But there’s also this duality where one side of us always has our shields up to protect us and we have to be on guard and put on our face, but then the other side is our inner self. So you have the elements of New Amerykah Part One to represent the junk culture and she has the armor to protect herself from that, but now she’s stronger, she’s 20 feet tall. So she’s strong enough to climb out of that armor.”

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