Now Com could get the penny, but I want my own company
And Com is on a mission not to work for commission
It's a common market and it's so much competition
But to me, competition is none
“Com could get the penny, but I want my own company” is both superb phonetic wordplay (com/penny —> company as well as com/mission —> commission), and a statement about his artistic integrity and his refusal to sell out or settle for anything less than his own vision.
He then moves to the song’s key line: when he says “It’s a common market and there’s so much competition” he’s punning on his name, but he is also alluding to free trade, and the competition allowed between businesses in a capitalist economy (“there’s so much competition”).
He then ends it with saying “to me, competition is none.” In other words, Communism (as a communist economy puts a government monopoly on the means of production and thus eliminates free competition). This line is where he ties the whole song back to its title (by borrowing a line from his idol Rakim)
Com could have spit an ill but obvious line like “I’m like Communism, competition is none.” Instead, as with the best work on Resurrection, he buries his cleverest puns and makes the listener do some work.
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