If it wasn't Fed time, or lock up or rec time, dude'll be a Daily News headline

from Joe Budden (Ft. Jae Millz & Stack Bundles) – 6 Minutes of Death Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Essentially, Joe is saying that, if his opponent wasn’t already in jail (serving Federal time, or in correctional recretation), he would be killed in such a dramatic fashion that it would make the front page of the NYC tabloids

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