Songs About Role Models
Growing up as children we all had people we wanted to be like, people whose lifestyle interested us so much. Even back in school, on career days, children will dress up in attires of professionals they emulate.
While others would put on lab coats, play pretend doctors, and others will put on helmets and googles, playing pretend engineers, my best friend would shave his hair, draw some tattoos, go bare chest, put on some baggy trousers and a chain, playing pretend Tupac Shakur. It was quite amusing to his classmates and his teacher, but that was his role model.
A person’s role model affects how he sees the world and his behavior in general. We’ve compiled a list of songs with artists talking about their role models.
6 Songs About Role Models
1. “Role Model” by 2 Chainz Feat. Dolla Boy
Role Model is a motivating song, particularly for individuals who grew up in the ghettos. Even if you didn’t have the finest parent, the rapper says you can be a role model.
Some people are irritated about people that grew up in terrible conditions. They see them as a nuisance and people who would eventually amount to nothing much in life.
But the rapper explains that growing up in a difficult environment does not guarantee that a person would have a bad life. Despite the terrible context, the song has a positive message
2. “Role Model” by Daniel Shelly
Most of us are inspired by those who are unaware of our existence and will likely never be aware of our existence. Daniel Shelly talks about those who inspire us even if they don’t know who we are.
The main character of the song discusses what he learns from the person he believes to be his role model. He regards this person as his mentor and guides in navigating difficult situations.
3. Jermaine Cole’s “False Prophet ”
Jermaine Cole raps about how he idolized other rappers way above his league only to find out that they are not who they claim to be. The allusion is believed by many to be from the part of the Bible where Jesus warns His disciples of false prophets clothed as sheep.
The message of the song tells us to be cautious of who we idolized. Many people are not who they seem to be.
4. “Will” by Joyner Lucas
The title of the song, Will, is the name of a well-known American musician and actor. Joyner Lucas makes it very clear that he considers Will Smith as his idol. We’ll look at some lines from the song and explain a bit.
“I wanna get married but none of my shawties remind me of Jada…”
Jada Pinkette Smith is Will Smith’s lovely wife. In that line, Joyner is saying the reason he still hasn’t gotten married is that he hasn’t found a woman like Jada Smith. He loves Will Smith so much, that he even wants a wife like he’s or nothing.
He says he has learned a lot from Will and without him, he wouldn’t have been much. What’s even more shocking is that Will Smith was probably ignorant of how much he influenced the promising rapper.
At the end of the music video, Joyner sits in front of a mirror but the reflection isn’t he’s, rather it’s Will’s. This shows that he idolized Will Smith so much that he’s starting to feel like him. No wonder the intro says
“I’m feeling like Will…”
5. Joyner Lucas Ft Will Smith- “Will Remix”
After Joyner dropped the track “Will”, telling his story of how he idolized the actor/musician, his role model, Will Smith, hopped on the remix of the song with him. Crazy right!
On this track, Will Smith appreciates that he was able to inspire Joyner Lucas and went on to give tribute to his idols and everybody who was a part of making him who he is now.
He acknowledges Nelson Mandela and Julius Erving as his role models, giving them respect the same way Joyner Lucas had given him in the original track.
He also acknowledges his grandmother for believing in him and always guiding him. He acknowledges Eddie and says he wouldn’t be Willie if he didn’t come from Philly.
He also gives tribute to everyone who believed in him and expresses that he wouldn’t be Willie if it hadn’t been for them.
6. “Dear Slim” by Tom McDonald
Tom McDonald is an Canadian controversial rapper. In his song ” Dear Slim”, he raps about how Eminem’s songs helped in his juvenile days.
In his song, he relates to how Eminem was picked on as a kid and how listening to his music was a way for him to escape all of the pain. He also relates to Eminem’s addiction to drugs and liquor and says just like Eminem, he quit them.
He says Eminem paved a way for him in his career and now, just like Eminem, he uses his music as a tool to fight the system. A good example of this is his song, “Snowflakes”
In his song, he says if not for Marshal Matters (Eminem), he would have committed suicide long before he became a rapper. He also says Eminem showed him that he doesn’t need to be black before he could make it in the music industry.
His music video is what got most people talking. If you are an Eminem fan, you would surely have heard of one of his obsessed fans, Stan, who killed himself over some beef he had with Eminem. In Tom’s video, he impersonates Stan and all the details involving his death, showing that he is also Eminem’s number one fan.
The video shows Tom writing letters to Eminem just like Stan did, it shows the same model of vehicle Stan used to drive off the bridge, and it shows Tom getting drowned just like Stan.
The video was mind-blowing, if you’d ask me, I’d say Tom McDonald is a living Stan!