Mr. Samberg, thanks for coming to your performance review.
No problem.
So you're in charge around here, is that fair to say?
Absolutely, I'm the boss.
Ok, so take us through the day in the life of a boss.
Well the first thing I do is...

Talk to Corporate (Like a boss)
Approve memos (Like a boss)
Lead a workshop (Like a boss)
Remember birthdays (Like a boss)
Direct work flow (Like a boss)
My own bathroom (Like a boss)
Micromanage (Like a boss)
Promote synergy (Like a boss)

Hit on Deborah (Like a boss)
Get rejected (Like a boss)
Swallow sadness (Like a boss)
Send some faxes (Like a boss)
Call a sex line (Like a boss)
Cry deeply (Like a boss)
Demand a refund (Like a boss)

Eat a bagel (Like a boss)
Harassment lawsuit (Like a boss)
No promotion (Like a boss)
Fifth of vodka (Like a boss)
Shit on Deborah's desk (Like a boss)
Buy a gun (Like a boss)
In my mouth (Like a boss)
Oh, fuck me, I can't fucking do it, shit!

Pussy out (Like a boss)
Puke on Deborah's desk (Like a boss)
Jump out the window (Like a boss)
Suck a dude's dick (Like a boss)
Score some coke (Like a boss)
Crash my car (Like a boss)
Suck my own dick (Like a boss)
Eat some chicken strips (Like a boss)
Chop my balls off (Like a boss)
Black out in the sewer (Like a boss)
Meet a giant fish (Like a boss)
Fuck his brains out (Like a boss)
Turn into a jet (Like a boss)
Bomb the Russians (Like a boss)
Crash into the sun (Like a boss)
Now I'm dead (Like a boss)

...Uh-huh, so that's an average day for you then?
No doubt.
You chop your balls off and die?
Hell yeah!
And I think you said at one point there you suck your own dick?
I'm pretty sure you did.
Nah, that ain't me.
Ok, well then this has been eye opening for me.
I'm the boss.
Yeah, no, I got that, you said it about 400 times.
I'm the boss.
Yeah, yeah, I got it.
I'm the boss.
No, I heard you, see you later!

Like a boss!

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  • +8
    My InterpretationWhile initially seeming like a simple, fun song, I quickly discovered that there is more than meets the eye -- or should I say ear to "Like A Boss"? There are a number of slight nuances throughout the song that give the listener a much deeper view into the inner turmoil plaguing singer in this song, Andy Samberg.

    To the unwary listener, Andy Samberg seems to be a boss. The key here is that he is in fact NOT a boss, but rather simply like one. Is he really like a boss, though? Sure enough, initially he seems to be doing some slightly boss-like things. He is taking care of his business, just as a boss would. Assuming he's a boss, then, Deborah would be his secretary. After he tries to hit on her and is rejected, though, he loses out on a chance to be promoted... suddenly the listener realizes that he is not really a boss. His "sending faxes" become more clear -- if he were a boss, his secretary Deborah would be doing meaningless tasks like that! It comes to light, then, that Deborah is more likely a coworker. His attempt at being "like a boss" and hitting on Deborah clues the listener into his hamartia -- he thinks he is like a boss when he really is not.

    I reiterate, Andy Samberg begins by doing some very "bossesque" things. Really, though, are these actions performed by someone who is a boss? The listener realizes that these tasks are, in actuality, for people under a boss. Perhaps these are tasks that an unknowing worker would -think- a boss does. Even assuming that Andy is acting as he thinks a boss should act (regardless of whether or not his ideas of a boss' work are correct or false), he quickly tumbles into a series of actions unbecoming of any boss. This series of actions occurs after his fall, which occurs only due to his previously mentioned tragic flaw. This fall clearly mirrors the fall of mankind, the fall of Adam. Adam, in his own way, thought he was acting "like a boss" when he did the one thing that the "Boss" said not to do -- eat from the tree of knowledge. Andy Samberg acts very unlike a boss, and suffers the downward spiral of consequences.

    Perhaps the most telling detail of the song is the continued refrain of "like a boss." Does Andy really think he is still like a boss? Blinded by his own ambition and pride (hubris, even), Andy never realizes that he is as "unbossly" as one can be. Indeed we discover Andy Samberg's true weakness throughout this song. He is so stubborn that he never escapes that cave to see real knowledge -- he is forever staring at the shadows on the wall. He is forever thinking that he is "like a boss."
    cajunkingon March 27, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's not "like a boss", it's "LIKE A BOWSE"
    kingy1983on February 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEver since watching it, I can never say "pussy out" without the hand motions.
    ThePorcupineon May 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentprobably the best song on the album
    skyfire84on February 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHahahaha, love the song, but the best song on the album is deffinitley jizz in my Pants for sure.
    robbierampageeeon March 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song "like a boss" :P
    zakeshon March 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlulz cajunking, I made a profile just to write the same thing.
    LocketRauncherson March 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe video for this is amazing.
    tenderonion April 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can never listen to the Slim Thug version of this song ever again without laughing. This did to the original version what Weird Al's White and Nerdy did to Ridin' Dirty back in the day. Fucking amazing.

    benw2200on April 25, 2009   Link
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    General Commentcajunking not to degrade your otherwise spot on analysis of this herat rending tale of "the boss" i think it is more likely that this is his journey from the lowly Boss to being capable of bombing the russians
    deborah represents his struggles with those that simply obstruct his passsage up the ladder of power
    i guess what im trying to say that if he wasnt the boss why would he have a performance review if not to look back on past highs and lows? hahaha
    ivegotnipplesgregon May 24, 2009   Link

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