#MusicMatters: Karma×Queen Naija

I believe that music connects with people in the most powerful way where it just uplifts your soul, speaks to your heart, and manifests the words weighing in your mind. Music is therapeutic and the majority of songs really put into context some of the beauty and hardships you experience in life.

With that said, every once in a while when I find a song that speaks to me that I think has some valuable information that we can learn from and interpret on a deeper level I will first post the song lyrics and then breakdown the song for the major takeaways I think someone somewhere can relate to.

Our first song for #MusicMatters is Karma by Queen Naija that speaks about a relationship breakup where her partner just threw her to the side for the next chick. This is one of my favorite songs right now. Its been out for a hot minute but every time I hear it, the words she sings resonate deeply within me where I can terribly relate.

**Disclaimer** I think it is best if you first read through the lyrics and then listen to the song.

“Karma”

I held you down for the longest
And I was there through all of your darkest moments
Feels just like yesterday when we were homeless
Got you some bread, and start treating me bogus

Talking about you wanted something new
Like I wasn’t good enough for you
Guess you done caught you a case of amnesia
Maybe you should take a look in your rear view

Cause obviously you forgot all the times that I held you when you cried
And don’t you remember that even if you was in the wrong I stood by your side
No, I guess not, I guess not
Cause you let them thots take my spot
Congratulations to you what you wanted is what you got now

So you don’t got to worry about me
You made it clear that you’re unhappy, yeah
Go ahead and have your fun now
Just remember what goes around comes around

You don’t got to worry about me
You made it clear that you’re unhappy, yeah
Go ahead and have your fun now
Just remember what goes around comes around

I remember when you said that you could have somebody better
And I can’t even lie to you, it really messed my head up
Have me looking in the mirror disgusted with myself
Wishing that I look like someone else
Like the girls you liked on Instagram, damn

And you really had the nerve to call me insecure
Maybe it wasn’t you
Maybe it’s true I didn’t know my worth
Maybe maybe I should have loved me first
Maybe maybe I should have loved me first

So you don’t got to worry about me
You made it clear that you’re unhappy, yeah
Go ahead and have your fun now
Just remember what goes around comes around

You don’t got to worry about me
You made it clear that you’re unhappy, yeah
Go ahead and have your fun now
Just remember what goes around comes around

What goes around, it comes around
What goes around, it comes around, yeah

Let’s begin at the name of the song “Karma.” Karma is generally defined as “what goes around comes around.” In which, means that you will be held accountable for the choices you make and the actions you take. So in this song she’s taking us on a journey about how she held her significant other down when they literally had nothing, and the second they got on their feet, they started acting brand new, and thought they could have someone better than her.

I think so many people can resonate with this principle because living in todays world where you can connect with someone with just the touch of a button on any social media platform is scary. Your significant other can literally leave at any given moment and it won’t necessarily be someone in your town but can be anyone in the world. The person you’re with today can wake up tomorrow and decide they don’t want to be with you anymore for whatever reason.

However, that’s a mute point to the main point I’m trying to get at. When she says, “I remember when you said that you could have somebody better, Have me looking in the mirror disgusted with myself.” Really hit me like a ton of bricks because your significant other is one of the only people in your life that can lift you up or tear you down, and sadly sometimes it’s the latter. And that stuff stays with you, you remember the putdowns more so than the compliments and if anyone speaks to you negatively in such a way you need to nip it in the bud immediately or get to steppin’.

The last verse really was the message that stood out the most to me where she says, “Maybe it wasn’t you, maybe it’s true I didn’t know my worth, maybe I should have loved me first.” These lines right here are crucial in this world as a woman and especially while within a relationship. Before you can be with any one and truly love them and be loved, you have to love yourself first. Ya’ll already know I’m a huge advocate for self-love and I think this song drives home that necessity.

You can never allow yourself to get lost within a relationship where you lose sight of your self-worth. You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough. And you are worth it. Always know your worth because if you don’t no one else will.

Ultimately, if someone does you down right dirty, dust yourself off and keep it moving because they will get what’s coming to them, one way or another.

Well, that’s my dissection of the song, I hope y’all enjoyed the song, and the valuable lessons it teaches. And remember, treat others the way you want to be treated because karma is a b!tch!

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