AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM
Beyoncé Lyrics


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"America, America has a problem"

Heard you got that D for me
Pray your love is deep for me
I'ma make you go weak for me
Make you wait a whole week for me (for me)
I see you watchin' (fiendin')
I know you want it (schemin')
I know you need it (drug lord)
You want it on you? (Don't I know)
You need love, I need some too
Do you want this like it wants you?

Know that booty gon' do what it want to
Can't hit it one time, multiple
I know you see these racks, racks, racks on me
Now come and get high-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh
Twenty-forty-eighty out the trap
Hit it with the rap, put it on the map
Then we right back (back, back, back)
Call me when you wanna get high-igh-igh-igh
Tony Montana with the racks
Ivy P on my bag, double G's on my dash
Nigga, I'm bad, I'm bad (tell me when you wanna get high-igh-igh-igh)

Boy, you can't get no higher than this
No
'Cause love don't get no higher than this
No, no

Grind (grind)
Boy, you know I grind (grind)
When I pull up these jeans, you're mine
(When I pull up these jeans, you're mine)
You're mine (you're mine, you're mine)
When I step on the scene they
Can't wait to back it up
Your ex-dealer dope, but it ain't crack enough
I'm supplyin' my man
I'm in demand soon as a I land
Just know I roll with them goons (goons)
In case you start actin' familiar
This kind of love, big business
Whole slab, I kill for

Boy, you can't get no higher than this
No
'Cause love don't get no higher than this
No, no

Grind (grind)
Boy, you know I grind (grind)
When I pull up these jeans, you're mine
(When I pull up these jeans, you're mine)
You're mine (you're mine, you're mine)
When I step on the scene they
Can't wait to back it up
Your ex-dealer dope, but it ain't crack enough
I'm supplyin' my man
I'm in demand soon as a I land
Just know I roll with them goons (goons)
In case you start actin' familiar
This kind of love, big business
Whole slab, I kill for

Know that booty gon' do what it want to
Can't hit it one time, multiple
I know you see these racks, racks, racks on me
Now come and get high-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh
Twenty-forty-eighty out the trap
Hit it with the rap, put it on the map
Then we right back (back, back, back)
Call me when you wanna get high-igh-igh-igh
Tony Montana with the racks




Double C's on my bag, double G's on my dash
Nigga, I'm bad, I'm bad (tell me when you wanna get high-igh-igh-igh)

Overall Meaning

It is unclear how the first sentence and the rest of the lyrics are related to each other. However, based on the lyrics, "America Has A Problem" could be about the American drug culture that has existed for decades. The lyrics tell the story of a drug dealer who is in high demand and uses her seductive charm to get her clients hooked on her product. The drug dealer has a lot of money ("racks, racks, racks on me") and is confident in her profession, even calling herself "Tony Montana with the racks," a reference to the drug lord from the movie Scarface.


The lyrics also reveal the dangers and violence that come with the drug culture. The drug dealer says, "Whole slab, I kill for," highlighting the fact that she is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her business. She also mentions rolling with "goons," implying that violence is a part of her world. The lyrics "Can't hit it one time, multiple" suggest that the drug dealer encourages addiction in her clients for financial gain.


At the same time, the lyrics could also be interpreted as a criticism of the societal and economic factors that drive people to become drug dealers and drug users in the first place. The line "Your ex-dealer dope, but it ain't crack enough" could be seen as commentary on how people get trapped in poverty and turn to drug dealing as a means of survival. The singer's confidence and bravado suggest that the system has failed her, and she has had to resort to this life in order to survive.


Line by Line Meaning

America, America has a problem
Beyoncé starts the song by bringing the listeners' attention to a major problem in America that needs attention.


Heard you got that D for me
Referring to drugs, Beyoncé knows her audience wants to hear music about drugs and tough times.


Pray your love is deep for me
Beyoncé is asking the listener to relate to and deeply understand her music because it comes from a place of pain and struggle.


I'ma make you go weak for me
Beyoncé knows how to make her audience feel emotionally vulnerable and connected to her music.


Make you wait a whole week for me (for me)
Beyoncé shows that she is confident in her abilities to make her listeners patiently wait for her music releases.


I see you watchin' (fiendin')
Beyoncé sees that her audience eagerly anticipates her music, as if they are addicted to it.


I know you want it (schemin')
Beyoncé understands that her listeners crave her music and will go to great lengths to get more of it.


I know you need it (drug lord)
Beyoncé knows that people are so addicted to music that they treat it like a drug they cannot live without.


You want it on you? (Don't I know)
Beyoncé knows that her listeners want her music deeply ingrained in their lives.


You need love, I need some too
Beyoncé wants to create an emotional connection between her and her listeners.


Do you want this, like it wants you?
Beyoncé wants to create a mutual relationship between her and her listeners, where they both crave and need each other.


Know that booty gon' do what it want to
Beyoncé is confident in her ability to make music that will have an impact on people, no matter what.


Can't hit it one time, multiple
Beyoncé knows how to make music that can be played repeatedly and has a lasting impact on the listener.


I know you see these racks, racks, racks on me
Beyoncé shows off her wealth and success to prove that she has made it in the music business.


Now come and get high-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh
Beyoncé wants her listeners to get lost in the emotions of the music and, metaphorically speaking, get high on the sound.


Twenty-forty-eighty out the trap
Beyoncé came from a tough background, but has managed to make a successful career out of making music that reflects her roots.


Hit it with the rap, put it on the map
Beyoncé has made her mark in the world of rap music by creating music that resonates with people from all backgrounds.


Then we right back (back, back, back)
After experiencing success, Beyoncé continues to create music that is reflective of her roots and struggles.


Call me when you wanna get high-igh-igh-igh
Beyoncé wants her listeners to know that they can get lost in her music and find relief from their problems through the emotions she evokes in her songs.


Tony Montana with the racks
Beyoncé references a character from the movie 'Scarface' to show that she has made it big in the music industry.


Ivy P on my bag, double G's on my dash
Beyoncé boasts about her success and wealth, a sign of her making it in the music industry.


Nigga, I'm bad, I'm bad (tell me when you wanna get high-igh-igh-igh)
Beyoncé taunts her competitors by showing off her success and telling her listeners to come and get lost in her music when they feel down.


Boy, you can't get no higher than this
Beyoncé's music is emotionally stimulating and makes her listeners feel good, almost like they are on a natural high.


No
A single word line that emphasizes the previous point made about the emotional high her music evokes.


'Cause love don't get no higher than this
Beyoncé believes that her music can provide a level of emotional fulfillment that surpasses all other things in life.


No, no
Another single word line to emphasize the previous point that her music is the ultimate source of emotional satisfaction for her listeners.


Grind (grind)
Beyoncé is emphasizing the work ethic and hustle involved in the music industry. She works hard for her success.


Boy, you know I grind (grind)
Beyoncé tells her competitors that she works hard for her success and they cannot match her level of dedication to her craft.


When I pull up these jeans, you're mine (When I pull up these jeans, you're mine)
Beyoncé knows how to make a statement and grab people's attention with her clothing, specifically her fitted jeans which accentuate her body.


You're mine (you're mine, you're mine)
Beyoncé wants her listeners to know that they belong to her, that she has made a deep emotional connection with them through her music that is hard to break.


When I step on the scene they
Beyoncé commands the attention of everyone when she enters a room. All eyes are on her.


Can't wait to back it up
When Beyoncé steps into a room, people are so impressed with her that they instinctively back up to make room for her to move and take center stage.


Your ex-dealer dope, but it ain't crack enough
Beyoncé is referring to the drug industry and stating that while her competitors put out music that has a similar feel to hers, it does not have the same impact and connection with the listener as her music does.


I'm supplyin' my man
Beyoncé is proud to be providing for her family. She is not just making music for herself, but also for the betterment of her loved ones.


I'm in demand soon as a I land
Beyoncé knows that wherever she goes, people want to hear her music and she is in high demand. Her fans eagerly wait for her to release new music.


Just know I roll with them goons (goons)
Beyoncé refers to her reliable group of people who will support her no matter what and always have her back.


In case you start actin' familiar
Beyoncé is prepared to defend herself and her music from any detractors or competitors who try to take her down.


This kind of love, big business
Beyoncé knows that the emotionally driven type of music she creates is in high demand because it creates a deep connection with the listener.


Whole slab, I kill for
Beyoncé will do whatever it takes to ensure the success of her music. She is willing to work hard and make the necessary sacrifices to achieve her goals.


Double C's on my bag, double Gs on my dash
Beyoncé boasts about her wealth and success, showing that she has risen to the top of the music industry.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Andrell Rogers, Beyonce Giselle Knowles, Michael G. Dean, Shawn C. Carter, Terius Youngdell Nash

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The choreography for this on tour is about to go CRAAAAZY

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I’m imagining DJ Yonce!

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@chiefqueef1591

How can a song be futuristic and nostalgic simultaneously?

@abimaellopezmaylord27lopez7

It reminds me of Tyler the creator but many artists had these type of songs before Tyler

@americahasaproblem2632

@@abimaellopezmaylord27lopez7 I understand your Tyler reference. A fresh but familiar sound.

@TheChildress293133

Cuz the underlying synth is Nine Inch Nails Sin from 1989

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