YG, Toxic: inside the lyrics and their meaning

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Toxic is the new song released by the American rapper YG on August 11, 2022. It’s a collaboration with Mary J. Blige, representing a conversation between a girl and a guy inside a relationship that we can easily define as toxic. The lyrics are pretty peculiar: let’s analyze them and discover their meaning. At the end of the article, you’ll find the complete song’s lyrics.

You can find the official video of the song below.

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Toxic: the lyrics and their meaning

The song is about a toxic relationship, where the guy dates the girl only for his pleasure, faking his love. The peculiarity of the track is that YG says many of the typical expressions that narcissistic personalities say inside a toxic relationship: talking about love superficially, throwing the girl into confusion, and blaming her for not understanding it correctly.

Mary J. Blige plays the role of the girl, who wants pure love, and wishes she was able to recognize when she does not love herself enough, throwing herself into a toxic relationship.

How can I love somebody else?
If I can’t love myself enough
To know when it’s time
Time to let go

All I really want (Yeah)
Is to be happy (Oh, yeah)
And to find a love that’s mine (Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah)
It would be so sweet (Hey)

On the other side, we have YG: he extremely sexualizes the relationship, reducing everything to the mutual physical desire. From his point of view, they are together because of sex. He gives her the sex she wants and the material objects she wishes, and he considers this the form of love she truly needs.

I know what she want, she want what’s inside my jeans
She want my heart with the lock, she wanna throw away the key
She make lovе, she will get f**ed, gang, gang, got her throwin’ up Bs
She like, “Boy, don’t do me wrong, just Birc’ and Prada me”
It’s casa, ’cause they come but I really love her
Got her out here competin’ with my baby mother
Bought her a new car, I be on the bumper
No, she can’t see me leavin’, she like Stevie Wonder

It’s interesting how YG presents his behavior as a form of love while he actually adopts all typical approaches that disrespect the emotional side of the partner. For example, excluding the possibility of breaking her heart because it’s just a sexual relationship:

Couldn’t break her heart, you gotta break her bed, ayy
Kill that p**y, hurt, she dead, butt naked in bed, is what she said

Or claiming that he loves her, interpreting the sexualization as proof of his love:

Do you love her? Yeah, I really love her
She met my mother, cool with my brother (My brother)
We be doin’ our thing, no Danny Glover
Like, f**k it, ’bout to have two baby mothers (Baby mothers)
Before you get dressed up, hit it on the dresser
I’m out here givin’ love, pain and pleasure

He’s even aware of giving her pain, together with his version of love. And interestingly, Mary J. Blige does her part in the conversation, stating again that she wants to love and be happy. In the last lines of the second verse, the conflict emerges, where the girl expresses her confusion, and he claims there is no reason to be confused, as the proof of his love is evident. Therefore, her tears can only be fake:

But she confused, she want titles and I tell her “Nah”
She confused, us together is what she saw
She confused, ’cause I love her so that’s what she thought
She’s confused and that’s ’cause I be in it raw
She confused and she tellin’ me it’s my fault
I said I love her, then I point out things that I brought
You knew from the gate I had family I won’t shake
So stop bein’ fake, tears fall from her face when I talk

At the song’s end, a preacher talks to the Lord and asks Him to give this man the strength to behave the right way, stopping “breakin’ hearts and makin’ babies.” His request is to open the man’s eyes and make him realize that the best is to end all these toxic relationships.

Our father, the father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
The one that took two fish and five loads of bread
And blessed a multitude of people
I come to you today, askin’ you to give this young man courage
To do the right thing, givin’ in strength, Lord
‘Cause right now, he’s out here, breakin’ hearts and makin’ babies
So I feel the best for him and all those involved
Is to end all relationships
Give him wisdom to make the right decisions, Lord

Getting at the meaning of the lyrics, Toxic is a peculiar rap song about bad relationships and narcissistic personalities, and many people will relate to the words in this track.

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The complete lyrics

How can I love somebody else?
If I can’t love myself enough
To know when it’s time
Time to let go
Sing

All I really want (Yeah)
Is to be happy (Oh, yeah)
And to find a love that’s mine (Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah)
It would be so sweet (Hey)
All I really want (Oh)
Is to be happy (I wanna be happy, yeah)
And to find a love that’s mine (Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
It would be so sweet

I know what she want, she want what’s inside my jeans
She want my heart with the lock, she wanna throw away the key
She make lovе, she will get f**ed, gang, gang, got her throwin’ up Bs
She like, “Boy, don’t do me wrong, just Birc’ and Prada me”
It’s casa, ’cause they come but I really love her
Got her out here competin’ with my baby mother
Bought her a new car, I be on the bumper
No, she can’t see me leavin’, she like Stevie Wonder

Late twenties, but with me she feel hella younger
Sugar daddys try to get her, she don’t give her number
She need a vaca’, she been dancin’ all summer
Put you on the jet to Cabo, baby, I’m a stunner
I’m the plummer, get it red, I clean it up (Clean it up)
Got Designer for every season, keep her seasoned up (Seasoned up)
Don’t post me on no Insta, gotta keep me tucked (Keep me tucked)
Treat her like a Queen of France, think I’m mean as f**k
And when it come to pain, she run a maze
Couldn’t break her heart, you gotta break her bed, ayy
Kill that p**y, hurt, she dead, butt naked in bed, is what she said

All I really want (Yeah)
Is to be happy (Oh, yeah)
And to find a love that’s mine (Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah)
It would be so sweet (Hey)
All I really want (Oh)
Is to be happy (I wanna be happy, yeah)
And to find a love that’s mine (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It would be so sweet

Do you love her? Yeah, I really love her
She met my mother, cool with my brother (My brother)
We be doin’ our thing, no Danny Glover
Like, f**k it, ’bout to have two baby mothers (Baby mothers)
Before you get dressed up, hit it on the dresser
I’m out here givin’ love, pain and pleasure
Less is more, I don’t ever stress her
Tell her she a bad b* *h, nothin’ lesser
But she confused, she want titles and I tell her “Nah”
She confused, us together is what she saw
She confused, ’cause I love her so that’s what she thought
She’s confused and that’s ’cause I be in it raw
She confused and she tellin’ me it’s my fault
I said I love her, then I point out things that I brought
You knew from the gate I had family I won’t shake
So stop bein’ fake, tears fall from her face when I talk

All I really want (Yeah)
Is to be happy (Oh, yeah)
And to find a love that’s mine (Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah)
It would be so sweet (Hey)
All I really want (Oh)
Is to be happy (I wanna be happy, yeah)
And to find a love that’s mine (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It would be so sweet

Our father, the father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
The one that took two fish and five loads of bread
And blessed a multitude of people
I come to you today, askin’ you to give this young man courage
To do the right thing, givin’ in strength, Lord
‘Cause right now, he’s out here, breakin’ hearts and makin’ babies
So I feel the best for him and all those involved
Is to end all relationships
Give him wisdom to make the right decisions, Lord