Shorties blunted-eyed and everyone wanna rhyme
Bush pushing lies, killers immortalized
We got arms but won't reach for the skies
Throughout these three lines Common cites the problems he sees with today’s society, mentioning:
- ignorant kids who think they can be like their favorite rappers by smoking blunts and writing about it
- President George W. Bush
- the glorifying of murder and firearm usage (by other hip hop artists and their ignorant fanboys he previously mentioned)
- complacency (in other words, people’s being satisfied with “enough” rather than striving to be all they can)
“Arms” serves a double meaning, referring to both guns and literal arms upon a human being. He also connects “blunted-eyed” with “lie”, a slang term for weed.
“Killers immortalized” is also a reference to the terrorists who carried out the 911 attacks, due to the fact that their acts are fingerprinted in history.
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