Note that the word "The" in the title of this post has a capital "T", because it's "The Man", not "the Man".
In 1962, Roy Orbison recorded "Working For The Man." Wikipedia says that the song is
about a mistreated laborer. After first thinking about killing the boss, the narrator later dreams of getting revenge by marrying his daughter and inheriting the business. In the final refrain, the eponymous hook is replaced with the line, "I'm gonna be The Man."I wonder if there's a Brittanica entry for "The Man".