The song “Too Many Gods” by Asap Rocky Joey Badass from the album, For the Throne is undeniably poetry. From the title of the song to lyrics this song is written in almost all figurative language. It is one of my favorite songs because of the angelic beat and tone. “Too Many Gods” is a song where Asap Rocky and Joey Badass rap about the overabundance of God-like figures in the world.
The central idea of this song is that there are too many people portrayed as “God” in the world and that not everyone can be a god. We get this in the first stanza where the song reads…
“Tell me why we go to war, too many gods
Tell me what we praying for, too many gods
Feel like things will never change, I swear to God
Sometimes I wonder if God ever prays for me (ooh)
Tell me why we go to war, too many gods
Tell me what we praying for, too many gods”
There is a pattern where the first and last two sentences of this stanza end with “too many gods”. They use this phrase as something to blame war on and the reason we pray. Asap Rocky is saying we have war become there are too many people portrayed as “Gods”. The phrase “too many gods” can also just mean a lot of gods. This stanza can be interpreted as Asap Rocky saying we go to war for the gods as if they are protecting them or standing with them.
In the second stanza Asap Rocky sings…
“Battle scars, too many spores
Knight in shining armor, such a pretty wh*re
Strange screams down the corridors
Divide, conquer, call it yours
Another false prophet’s on the thrones”
He begins rhyming every word/sound at the end of each line and speeds up the pace of the song and changes the tone from relaxed to more chaotic and dark. This stanza also speaks back to meaning of the song and there being too many “fake” gods when its says “false prophets on the throne”.
In conclusion, the song ends with…
“Life is too short to be living in fear
‘Specially when you know winter is here”
This sort of contradicts the whole song as its saying it doesn’t really matter because life is so short.