Soldier
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This is the gallant crew that rolled the big super fort
Which carried the first atomic bomb to Japan
Piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets Jr. of Miami
Carrying Navy Captain William Parsons of Chicago
Who helped design the bomb, as observer
And Major Thomas Ferebee of Mocksville, North Carolina
Who pulled the plug on Hiroshima
The B-29 dropped its load of atomic death
Which exploded with a force equal to 20,000 tons of TNT

Bismillah (Bismillah)
Bismillah (Bismillah)
(A'oodhu Billaahi) A'oodhu Billaahi min al-Shaytaan ir-rajeem
Bismillah (Bismillah)
Ashadu an lâ ilâha illa-llâhWa
Ashadu ana Muhammad rasûl allâh

The son of slaves, true, I started out as peasant (uh uh)
That's why I build my temple like Solomon in the desert (Uh-uh)
The Lord is my rock, I speed dial through salah
My trials in the fire, the crucible made me hot
I glow like embers of cold born with a touch of gold
My mathematical theology of rhymin'll touch the soul
I spent many nights bent off woods
Clutchin' the bowl, stuffin' my nose
Some of the cons, I suffer from prose
My poetry's livin' like the God that I fall back on
And all praises due to Allah for such illustrious platform
The teachers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad's my backbone
When I spit the children on the mother ship bow on a platform
The true history of Jesus comin' to age
I wore a ski mask and glove to the masquerade
Uh, I got the Roc on my shoulder (it's the Roc)
Somebody should've told you, I'm a motherfuckin' universal soldier

Back when Emory Jones was catchin' the fed charge
I knew less about who Chesimard
Although I'm Pablo Escobar
Thinkin' I was the last one Allah would lay his blessings on
I was tryna not to end up like Tony in the restaurant
Now I'm the general of the ginchy army
What don't kill us make us stronger, that's Nietzsche on me
Hot boy like I'm BG, that Fidji on me
We done ducked them fed charges, now we eatin' comfy
Le freak, c'est Chic
That guilt trip ain't gon' work, don't put your luggage on we
You ain't keep the same energy for the du Pont's and Carnegie's
We was in your cotton fields, now we sippin' on these, on me





Save my soul, save me from myself, through my song

Overall Meaning

The opening stanzas of "Universal Soldier" provide a glimpse into the destructive power of the atomic bomb developed by the US during World War II. The verses acknowledge the crew of the B-29 Superfortress aircraft that transported and ultimately dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It mentions Colonel Paul Tibbets Jr., who piloted the aircraft, Navy Captain William Parsons, who was involved in designing the bomb, and Major Thomas Ferebee, who ultimately launched the bomb. The chorus of the song, featuring the repeated phrase "Bismillah," means "in the name of Allah."


Jay Electronica's verses explore his own humble beginnings and the impact of personal trials and tribulations on one's spiritual journey. He highlights his own transformation from a young man of modest means to a successful and influential rapper. He makes reference to his commitment to the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, a key figure in the Nation of Islam. He also emphasizes his ability as a wordsmith and his reliance on prayer, dedication, and faith in Allah.


Jay Z's verses, on the other hand, touch on his own experiences with the criminal justice system, making a reference to Emory Jones's federal charges. He reflects on the ways in which society has stigmatized and marginalized Black Americans but also boasts of his own success and influence as a member of the "ginchy army." With "Universal Soldier," Jay Z and Jay Electronica touch on themes of power, legacy, and spirituality, painting a vivid picture of the struggles and triumphs experienced by Black Americans.


Line by Line Meaning

This is the gallant crew that rolled the big super fort
Introduction to the crew that carried the atomic bomb to Japan


Which carried the first atomic bomb to Japan
The specific purpose of the crew's mission


Piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets Jr. of Miami
The captain of the crew responsible for piloting the aircraft


Carrying Navy Captain William Parsons of Chicago
A member of the crew who helped design the bomb


Who helped design the bomb, as observer
Detailing the specific role of Navy Captain William Parsons


And Major Thomas Ferebee of Mocksville, North Carolina
Another crew member responsible for releasing the atomic bomb


Who pulled the plug on Hiroshima
Describing the specific role of Major Thomas Ferebee


The B-29 dropped its load of atomic death
The aircraft completed its mission of releasing the atomic bomb


Which exploded with a force equal to 20,000 tons of TNT
The destructive power of the atomic bomb and its impact


The son of slaves, true, I started out as peasant (uh uh)
Opening line of Jay Electronica's verse, describing his humble beginnings


That's why I build my temple like Solomon in the desert (Uh-uh)
Jay Electronica's approach to building a successful career despite his humble beginnings


The Lord is my rock, I speed dial through salah
Expressing his reliance on faith and prayer for guidance and strength


My trials in the fire, the crucible made me hot
Jay Electronica's struggles and challenges have helped shape him


I glow like embers of cold born with a touch of gold
Despite his humble beginnings, Jay Electronica's talents and abilities shine bright


My mathematical theology of rhymin'll touch the soul
Jay Electronica's poetic abilities carry spiritual weight and depth


I spent many nights bent off woods
Jay Electronica's struggles with drug addiction and substance abuse


Clutchin' the bowl, stuffin' my nose
Further details of his struggles with addiction


Some of the cons, I suffer from prose
Admitting some of his shortcomings as a poet


My poetry's livin' like the God that I fall back on
The power and relevance of Jay Electronica's poetry


And all praises due to Allah for such illustrious platform
Credit given to Allah for his success and platform


The teachers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad's my backbone
The influence and guidance of his Islamic faith on his life


When I spit the children on the mother ship bow on a platform
The impact he hopes to have on his audience


The true history of Jesus comin' to age
Referencing his belief and understanding of Jesus and his message


I wore a ski mask and glove to the masquerade
Symbolic use of a ski mask and gloves to maintain anonymity and mystery as a rapper


Uh, I got the Roc on my shoulder (it's the Roc)
Referencing his involvement and affiliation with Roc Nation


Somebody should've told you, I'm a motherfuckin' universal soldier
Claiming his status as a powerful and influential force in the rap game


Back when Emory Jones was catchin' the fed charge
Opening line of Jay Z's verse, referencing a friend who was facing legal trouble


I knew less about who Chesimard
Admitting ignorance about certain political figures and events


Although I'm Pablo Escobar
Comparing himself to the infamous drug lord to emphasize his power and influence


Thinkin' I was the last one Allah would lay his blessings on
Jay Z's sense of self-importance and arrogance


I was tryna not to end up like Tony in the restaurant
Referencing a scene from The Sopranos, expressing his desire to avoid a similar fate


Now I'm the general of the ginchy army
Jay Z's position of power and leadership in the rap industry


What don't kill us make us stronger, that's Nietzsche on me
Referencing the famous quote by Nietzsche to express his resilience in the face of adversity


Hot boy like I'm BG, that Fidji on me
Referencing rapper B.G. and a luxury brand to emphasize his wealth and status


We done ducked them fed charges, now we eatin' comfy
Referencing past legal trouble but expressing his current success and wealth


Le freak, c'est Chic
A French phrase that roughly translates to 'freaking out is cool', expressing an attitude of rebellion and individualism


That guilt trip ain't gon' work, don't put your luggage on we
Jay Z's refusal to accept blame or guilt for societal issues


You ain't keep the same energy for the du Pont's and Carnegie's
Pointing out hypocrisy and double standards in societal attitudes towards the wealthy and powerful


We was in your cotton fields, now we sippin' on these, on me
Referencing the history of slavery and oppression, and the current success and wealth of black individuals


Save my soul, save me from myself, through my song
Closing line of the song, expressing a desire for spiritual and personal salvation through music




Lyrics © DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY, RAILROAD TOWN MUSIC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Timothy Elpadaro Thedford, Allen Toussaint, Jacques Webster, James Blake Litherland, Jennifer Vashti Bunyan, Shawn Carter

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Comments from YouTube:

sam k

Can't believe you always get teammates to help you all the time, honestly, it's like a dam team game 😁

Woxi060

You don’t understand how many games Jay must play just imagien how many of those games he got dog tm8s.

grey822

His mercy was literally drunk-

Michael Dodaro

@grey822 she literally pocketed him the entire time

grey822

@Michael Dodaro i noticed

Geralt of Rivia

Its also because HE himself plays for his teammates. A lot of people that complain like this don’t even try to coordinate with their team, only expects their team to coordinate with them and their plans while ignoring your Ana getting jumped in back line

Duli Kon

Watching Jay is like watching someone set into a trance - as soon as the fight goes he is fully focused on that and his whole focus goes to the game. Soon as over its like "click" and he is out again. Great to watch and good showcase

Bailey Glasgow

3:28 That Doomfist telling them a biology fact just had me, a college student, sitting here going: "damn, finals got everybody fucked up"
Edit: I've always been impressed by his damage numbers, even despite the fact he has a Mercy pocket. As a Mercy main, even if I'm hard pocketing an Ashe or a Soldier, their damage numbers are like 5k less than Jay's average on those games. Like, he's actually cracked. He gettin all the hit markers and making his Mercy pockets very happy

Fjebdb Djzndjd

When is the biology fact?

Bailey Glasgow

@Fjebdb Djzndjd 3:28 sorry I meant to include it, but like I said "finals got everybody fucked up" lol

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