I'm a puppet on a string
Alex is using a technique used by many rappers. This first line is setting up the next line. He’s comparing himself to a puppet because he feels as if he’s being controlled and the things he’s doing are just to impress her.
That particular bit is like the thing Lil Wayne and Drake do. We’ve been listening to a lot of their stuff recently. I like that thing they do where they talk about something backwards, so they talk about it but then say what it actually is on the next line. It’s hard to explain but I guess it’s a little nod to that idea. So I say, ‘I’m a puppet on a string’, just before mentioning Tracy Island. That’s what it’s about – uncertainty.“
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