NBA Youngboy, I Know: the lyrics and their meaning

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I Know is the opening track of NBA Youngboy’s new album, The Last Slimeto, published on August 5, 2022. It’s an unconventional single for the American rapper’s production, a slow, emotional rap about unrequited love. Fans have read the lyrics since the release and wanted to know more about the meaning. In this article, we will explore the song and its lines. You will also find the complete lyrics of the song at the end.

You can find the official video of the song below.

NBA Youngboy - I Know
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I Know: inside the lyrics and their meaning

I Know is a song about a girl NBA Youngboy is in love with. She’s gone, she decided to break up with the rapper, and in the music video, NBA Youngboy is alone in the flames of a personal hell that is “burning in his lungs.”

You tellin’ me you leavin’ ’cause it’s hard
Guess I should sit here while the devil dance on my soul
Fire burnin’ in my lungs, can’t get the words off my tongue

We have no clear indications of why she decided to leave. It may have something to do with the current conditions NBA Youngboy lives in, though: as the fanbase knows, he’s still on house arrest, involved in many active trials, and that would not make it easy for any girl to love him. That may be the meaning behind the chorus’ last lines.

Who is them to compete with me?
They ain’t turn the world up like us, I know, I know
It was only my n**as that put me on
They ain’t give us one thing, and that I know

The song is slow and emotional, unlike all other typical songs by “Never Broke Again” Youngboy. He feels lonely; he wishes she won’t disappear; he asks her to be still present although she’s breaking up.

If you leave, please call me
Please don’t leave me all alone
Don’t desert me, take the money
You’ll be fine without me
Than without you, I just can’t hold on
While my feelings drift with the wind
I have no friends
You the only lover I need to see
They throwing bombs and I don’t have no shield

Youngboy needs support in this challenging moment of his life. He’s full of enemies who attack him, and he needs a shelter to rest from time to time. She represented a peaceful oasis, as the two seem very connected. And she’s also upset about the breakup, as we read in these lines:

Just one look, I see the whole world in your eyes
Combination on my heart, no one could get inside
All the wrong ones want me, it’s so bad
Should I run, if I
Plеase don’t try to catch up this time
I need someonе to hold me, keep me safe in this world
The moonshine, I can see it bloom in your eyes
Don’t try to hide if you cry, I see your tears fallin’ on the floor

They both still feel something for each other. So the decision to break up must depend on more rational factors. And when your rationality makes a decision, it’s natural that the feelings remain: they need more time to catch up with why they cannot love each other any longer. The awareness process also requires the ability to express what you feel and respect your emotions. The lyrics inside I Know serve precisely this purpose: behind the song’s meaning is simply NBA Youngboy telling what he feels openheartedly, putting his feelings in words. And that’s always the first step of emotional recovery.

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The complete lyrics

You tellin’ me you leavin’ ’cause it’s hard
Guess I should sit here while the devil dance on my soul
Fire burnin’ in my lungs, can’t get the words off my tongue
You’re mine, I can trust you and I know that I know
Who is them to compete with me?
They ain’t turn the world up like us, I know, I know
It was only my n***as that put me on
They ain’t give us one thing, and that I know

You still might as well say you mine
Just one look, I see the whole world in your eyes
Combination on my heart, no one could get inside
All the wrong ones want me, it’s so bad
Should I run, if I
Plеase don’t try to catch up this time
I need someonе to hold me, keep me safe in this world
The moonshine, I can see it bloom in your eyes
Don’t try to hide if you cry, I see your tears fallin’ on the floor
Me, am I sorry?
If you leave, please call me
Please don’t leave me all alone
Don’t desert me, take the money
You’ll be fine without me
Than without you, I just can’t hold on
While my feelings drift with the wind
I have no friends
You the only lover I need to see
They throwing bombs and I don’t have no shield
It seem like you ain’t come around all year
Modification engines, I’m dependent
Done winning, I’m turnt for the year
Changin’ my denim, linen got me feelin’ like I’m the richest one here, yeah
I’m the party, pull up, get it started
Got your friend all in my ear, yeah
Half a ticket Richard Mille
Bentley, jumpin’ off the Lear

You tellin’ me you leavin’ ’cause it’s hard
Guess I should sit here while the devil dance on my soul
Fire burnin’ in my lungs, can’t get the words off my tongue
You’re mine, I can trust you and I know that I know
Who is them to compete with me?
They ain’t turn the world up like us, I know, I know
It was only my n***as that put me on
They ain’t give us one thing, and that I know