Lil Tjay, Beat the Odds: the lyrics and their meaning

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For several days fans were waiting for the return of Lil Tjay. There was a good reason: in June 2022, he got involved in a shooting with another gang, he was shot seven times, and he spent days in the hospital, fighting for life. He already checked in with his fans with this Youtube video, and a few days later, he managed to publish his new song, Beat the Odds, sharing his feelings about what happened. This article will explore the song’s meaning and will provide the complete lyrics at the end.

You can find the official video of Beat the Odds below.

Lil Tjay - Beat the Odds (Official Video)
Watch this video on YouTube.

Beat the Odds: inside the lyrics and their meaning

In Beat The Odds, Lil Tjay reflects on how his life is. The rapper wishes he didn’t have all these enemies who want to kill him; he’s grateful to be still alive after seven gutshots and hopes he won’t end up like other rappers killed. The song mentions famous examples like Dummy, Rah, and Woo Lotti.

In the song’s chorus, the American rapper is fighting a neverending battle: he got famous and made money with his music, but he’s surrounded by people who want to kill him and federals who wish to charge him as a criminal.

Grateful for the s**t I got ’cause I come from a hard life
Demons on my mental, saw some s**t I wanna archive
Feds lookin’ out tryna bring a n**a down
Just thinkin’ ’bout the possibility, I frown
Far out on that water, Father, don’t let me drown
I can hear my grandma sayin’, “Don’t let me down”
People wanna kill me, always keep my gun ’round
Pray I squeeze first, I can’t lose the millies I found

Lil Tjay has two priorities: preserving the money he made (“the millies”) and not disappointing his family (symbolized by his grandmother saying, “don’t let me down”). From the song’s lines, it appears clear that he doesn’t like this kind of life. He’s not happy that he needs to constantly have his weapons with him to react if someone attacks him.

They be like, “Tjay, why do you move around with all them f**in’ guns?”
I just tell ’em that’s ’cause I don’t wanna die
And trust me, I don’t lie, can’t f**k up, I’m a star right now
If I wasn’t quick to blow, I would be in the stars right now

He hopes one day, his enemies will stop attacking him and leave him alone. Only this way can he expect to enjoy his life as a famous, wealthy rapper. It doesn’t feel right to feel constantly guilty for the success he reached, but that’s how it looks like in his lyrics:

How the f**k I’m livin’? All these n**as wan’ fry me
One day they’ll stop overlookin’ my gift, that’s wallahi
Millies in my bank account, but still ain’t nothin’ jolly
These n**as back and forth tryna pop up like a ollie

However, the rapper intends to fight back and be stronger than ever. He wants to reach his main goal: being able to enjoy his life. That’s, after all, the real meaning behind Beat the Odds lyrics: I’m still alive, and I won’t give up. I have too much to lose, and I don’t want to disappoint myself and those who love me. I wish one day I won’t have enemies anymore.

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The complete lyrics

Grateful for the s**t I got ’cause I come from a hard life
Demons on my mental, saw some s**t I wanna archive
Feds lookin’ out tryna bring a n**a down
Just thinkin’ ’bout the possibility, I frown
Far out on that water, Father, don’t let me drown
I can hear my grandma sayin’, “Don’t let me down”
People wanna kill me, always keep my gun ’round
Pray I squeeze first, I can’t lose the millies I found

Bussin’ off the stoinky wishin’ I was off a bean, no stalk
I was hungry for that money like a fiend
Too deep in that water, my life ain’t have no order
Melodic blue stories, I’m feelin’ like Baby Keem
I do my own thing, f**k it, I took seven shots, no shame
Back to wall, I’m still gon’ blow you down, I ain’t no stain
Flow on Wayne, I don’t give a f**k about no ceiling
‘Cause we catch a opp and send him to the sky (Doot)
They be like, “Tjay, why do you move around with all them f**in’ guns?”
I just tell ’em that’s ’cause I don’t wanna die
And trust me, I don’t lie, can’t f**k up, I’m a star right now
If I wasn’t quick to blow, I would be in the stars right now

Grateful for the s**t I got ’cause I come from a hard life
Demons on my mental, saw some s**t I wanna archive
Feds lookin’ out tryna bring a n**a down
Just thinkin’ ’bout the possibility, I frown
Far out on that water, Father, don’t let me drown
I can hear my grandma sayin’, “Don’t let me down”
People wanna kill me, always keep my gun ’round
Pray I squeeze first, I can’t lose the millies I found

S**ttin’ on these n**as be my hobby
I know they mad wishin’ they had finished me entirely
Shassa with me, lil’ bro say he tryna catch a body
Seen bullets hit a opp, before he died, his face said, “Why me?”
How the f**k I’m livin’? All these n**as wan’ fry me
One day they’ll stop overlookin’ my gift, that’s wallahi
Millies in my bank account, but still ain’t nothin’ jolly
These n**as back and forth tryna pop up like a ollie
You heard they killed who? Drugs talkin’, sound like molly
Can someone tell the vlogs, “Get off of my D”?
Never had no doubt if I’m gon’ make it or no probably
‘Cause I ain’t Dummy, Rah, U.E, or Woo Lotti

Grateful for the s**t I got ’cause I come from a hard life
Demons on my mental, saw some s**t I wanna archive
Feds lookin’ out tryna bring a n**a down
Just thinkin’ ’bout the possibility, I frown
Far out on that water, Father, don’t let me drown
I can hear my grandma sayin’, “Don’t let me down”
People wanna kill me, always keep my gun ’round
Pray I squeeze first, I can’t lose the millies I found

No, I can’t lose the millies I found