2 Chainz and Cardi B have had a harsh reality. Like the Beatles and their “Tax Man,” the successful artists have learned that the IRS does take a chunk once you land in those higher income brackets. They are upset that they have to pay, but fear the Wesley Snipes treatment, “Don’t let ’em try to Wesley you. You get rich, they got’ try to Wesley you.” Along the lines of George Harrison’s lyrics:
Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
The rappers also question where the money is going: There are rats on the trains, and “y’all not spending it in no damn prison.” Harrison saw the same issue all those yers ago:
Don’t ask me what I want it for
(Ah, ah, Mr. Wilson)
If you don’t want to pay some more
(Ah, ah, Mr. Heath)
‘Cause I’m the taxman
Wilson was the British prime minister at the time.
Interesting that artists see the same issues over the decades. However, Mr. Harrison’s lyrics can be reproduced in the family hour — the full content of the rappers’ choice of words and turns of phrases cannot be shared with a “G” audience. Fascinating, however, that views and talking points on taxes change once success comes and the tax bills come in. Welcome to the highest brackets of talent and taxes.