“Percy Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias” is often read as a meditation on the absurdity of the ego. In 14 concise lines, Shelley exposes the vast chasm between the ego’s aggrandized self-importance and its actual importance in the grand scheme of things.
This standard reading of “Ozymandias” works, but it can go deeper. More than just mocking it, Shelley reveals the ego’s obsession with its own fragility, its nagging anxiety about its ultimate fate. Death is so terrifying to the ego that it will do anything to be remembered, even build a monument to itself in the desert, an environment where even the ground itself lacks permanence.
Dr. Dre has been worried about his legacy since at least 2000, when his Grammy-winning song “Forgot About Dre” led the promotion of his album, 2001. 2001 was released seven years after Dre’s debut album, The Chronic. Between those releases he had launched multiple careers and a record label, as well as amassed a massive amount of money, but somehow he wasn’t satisfied. Dre wanted the glory. He wanted his life to be a never-ending victory lap, his name to be eternally revered.
Dr. Dre has been worried about his legacy since at least 2000, when his Grammy-winning song “Forgot About Dre” led the promotion of his album, 2001…”