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SOTD: The man who has everything

The Man Who Has Everything was one of two singles surprise dropped on November 30, 2018. In this smooth reflective cut Chance tackles everything from the issues of married life to racial profiling. The production of the song is handled by frequent Chance collaborator Jeremih, and sounds reminiscent of College Dropout era Kanye with its prominent use of a soul sample.

[Verse 1]
What to get the man who has everything?
Tryna fit myself into a schedule and a wedding ring
Tryna eat everything
I was raised, it come across my plate then I better swing
Tryna turn confederate flags into confetti strings
I'm tryna back up my baby mama like Kevin Federline
Heard they got some nice-ass houses out there in Beverly
Never leave where I came from

I just need me some stockings and the chimney they could hang from
Photos so my kids can find out where they got their names from
Christmas cards so gorgeous other families wanna frame one
Real talk, I need a front yard, a backyard
A side yard, a side yard, inside bar, a dry bar
Nine cars and a garage, and it's on hella acres
I'm tired of people visitin', takin' the elevator
Well, we'll keep the elevator


[Chorus]
Love me forever, that's all I ask of you
Love me forever, that's all I ask of you


[Verse 2]
Don't gifts get re-wrapped?
That shit could get sticky like tree sap
I gave you free raps, that shit sound like free facts
Which is 'bout as common as free Blacks

Stuck like freeze tag from one of these random police stops
Look like the treetops soon as the breeze stops

And once the debris drops, the streets 400 degrees hot
Please, man, we needin' some freeze pops
What in the world for the man who has everything?
Man, West Chatham Park could use some better swings
Used to be disheveled, I went and shoveled everything
Tell Santa to show up to doors he never ring
He never ring

[Chorus]
Love me forever, that's all I ask of you
That's all I ask
Love me forever, that's all I ask of you

[Verse 3]
That baby is a genius
Don't teach him 'bout Santa 'til you teach him 'bout Jesus
Don't take him out the snow to try to take him on beaches
I swear it's enough leisure in this world to get lost
What's the point of gainin' chicken if you lose all the sauce?
What's the point of gainin' chicken if it can't get across?

Lost the cold hard cash, they said, "Damn, that boy soft"
Same niggas lost their souls in a fuckin' coin toss
I guess I cleaned up, Santa don't miss no names but I miss Fatimah
It's been a minute since I've seen her

Them the type of things I hate to bring up, just like the prenup
That shit be see-through like John Cena, Aquafina

But like the Christmas tape there's things that I gotta get clear
Like my papa ask the same question every year
"What to get for my boy who has everything?"
I said, "I'll take anything but everything," you know?

[Chorus]
Love me forever, that's all I ask of you
Love me forever, that's all I ask of you
Love me forever, that's all I ask of you
Love me forever, that's all I ask of you

Much like he did earlier in the year, Chance The Rapper just touched down with a handful of new singles out of the blue. The Chicago rapper and crooner employs the same abstract artwork for the covers of his two new tracks. "The Man Who Has Everything" is the more docile of the two songs, and it uses a Christmas theme to tie together a positive message and a feel-good vibe. 

Over a sample that sings, "love me forever, that's all I ask of you," Chance opines about what to get a man who has it all. Does that man really have it all? Are material things inconsequential when factors like family and love come into play? Chance answers all these questions and more as he muses about the emotions that make the human mind tick. The acoustic guitar creates the perfect dreamy backdrop for Chance's latest masterpiece.

I like this song a lot because of the message, especially during the holiday season right now. I definitely don’t have everything, but I can relate to the ideology that if you have enough and can provide enough for yourself, why ask for more? We need to help each other. That’s how we will move forward as a community and as good people in general.

It also expresses ideas of love being more important than material things. “What’s the point of gaining chicken if you missing the sauce?” In the end, the material things don’t last. We don’t need to be greedy, and often times we don’t realize that we “are” being greedy. We have enough. We should be content, but for whatever reason our minds are wired to want more and more. Of course part of that is the genius of marketing, but a lot of it comes back down to just humanity and common sense overall.

kk