A braggadocios piece, the poet aims to exaggerate how amazing he is, using drugs as a metaphor for his supposed influence.
The book begins with a character named Two Dope. Without much background or context, he breaks the fourth wall with his arrogance and demands the reader to acknowledge his existence. The poem is meant to view the mind of a prideful person and how his outlook on the world is skewed towards self-glorification. That is, he is the center of the universe and all things need to revolve around him.
In order to unveil this God complex, the poem starts with this opening line:
I’m Two Dope
This line can be portrayed in two (see what I did there?) ways. One is that it’s obviously an introductory statement. Since it is the first line of the first poem, it’s only natural to have an introduction to the character that the reader will follow.
Another way is to replace “two” with the homophone “too.”
“I’m too dope.”
Suddenly, it becomes a verbal declaration of the protagonist that defines his existence. In this context, the term “dope” refers to being very good. With the modifier “too,” the changed statement now reveals the root desire of pride: to be better than everyone else.
But it’s not enough to just say how amazing you are. You need to compare yourself to a substance that attractive, influential, and causes addictions. That’s when this next line comes into play:
I am every drug in existence
Illegal drugs (or “dope”) are widely known for altering a person’s thinking and judgement. So like these drugs, Two Dope believes that he is the very embodiment of influence and control. Pride is an infectious drug that rivals marijuana and heroin. Self-confidence can be alluring.
But like any drug, there are bound to be side effects.
I am the comfort before the crash
This is a reference to Proverbs 16:18, a popular Bible verse that details the repercussions of unchecked pride. It sets up the initial conflict of the book. Although he is living comfortably in his hubris, there’s no guarantee that it will last forever. Eventually, he will have to crash.
I’m so dope
I destroy communities
To extend the drug metaphor, the next verse deals with the negative consequences of drugs. But rather than lament on the issues of drug use, Two Dope uses this as a platform to express how amazing he is. The impact he supposedly has can be equated to the rippling effects of drug addiction.
Jail systems, I call your bluff
Apparently, Two Dope is so above it all that even the jail cells can’t contain him. Perhaps his “prominence” can grant him immunity from prosecution. Regardless, having that amount of power can inflate one’s ego to the point where nothing can stop him. Not even a jail sentence.
I’m so influential
I’m your only hope
As the poem closes, take notice of how Two Dope’s ego continues to grow as he compares himself to “your only hope.” It’s as if he’s comparing himself to God.
This is where our primal urge to be God is put on display. Of course, none of us is omnipotent, omniscient, sovereign, or eternal. We are subject to forces beyond our control. Yet in our quest for self-sufficiency, we tend to dismiss God entirely. Two Dope is meant to symbolize humanity’s departure from God. When we believe that life is about fulfilling one’s needs and desires, we become like Two Dope and demand that people make us feel like special. And it can only be one-sided.
So like choirs and choruses
Sing it over and over
I’m Two Dope
The closing lines circles back to the opening lines. It doesn’t matter who you are. You need give this guy all the praise and glory. No reason is necessary. Just take his word for it. He deserves everything.
His need to be God will eventually collide with the ultimate reality of God’s presence. Until then, Two Dope will use his pride as a means of challenging God’s sovereignty and covering up his imperfections. From this point on, the reader will get a behind-the-scenes look into the psyche of Two Dope. And it will be made evident that Two Dope isn’t as amazing as he thinks he is.