Braggadocio songs are the product of admiring fans that continuously place artists on pedestals. For instance, the verse, “I am whatever you say I am, if I wasn’t, then why would you say I am?” accurately displays the thoughts that frequently nurture an artist's tendency to create narcissistic personas. Fans make artists believe they are special, so the artists rap about how special they are.
The song “Chain Music” by Wale clearly depicts the idea of artists getting attention and ‘love’ from women because they have money and flashy chains. “I was hoping you would notice where my mind at. Put money in the book, I bet these bitches wouldn't find it”. Here Wale express the idea that women are not interested in men or people for their personalities or intellect but for their money. He portrays women as ‘gold diggers’ and makes himself appear to be the victim. “Geechi on 'em. Straight geechi on 'em. Let's keep it G, nobody, see you when you being humble”, here Wale suggests that he has to be flashy and flaunt in order to be recognized because, “where I'm from there ain't no love for no broke nigga”.
The fact that some people are willing to sell their souls for money and are willing to do almost anything to get to people who have it makes it understandable for artist, to brag about their abundance of money. At the end of the day, an artist’s job is to sell records; in order for them to do so they need fans. In their minds, money and jewelry gets them attention, so if they brag about how much they have, they could possibly sell more records and concert tickets.
Wale is not the only artist who seems to feel this way. Mike Jones has voiced similar opinions in his song “Back Then”, as did many other artists in their songs.
In conclusion, I believe fans, are partially responsible for the apparent narcissism expressed in music. Fans have the tendency to idolize artist; and since this is the case, is it not understandable for artist to place their selves on these pedestals since we seem to put them there anyway.
And is it really considered narcissism if this is the case?