Wavin' signs of the times,

from Common – Be (Intro) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The signs of the times is a analogy towards the end of the world as stated in Biblical prophecy.. Common is not saying that the world is going to end but he believes that his people are suffering to a point where it seems like the world is going to end. If you were to look in the hood for instance, there are many similarities to the environment in the hood and the signs of the end of world according to the Bible:
1. “wars and rumors of wars” — Matthew 24:6 — this is analogous to gang wars and gang violence going on in the hood.
2. “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” — Matthew 24:7 — This is analogous to race fighting the same race. This is another reference towards gang violence and humans fighting against humans of the same race.
3. “There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” — Matthew 24:7 — This is analogous to the living standards in the hood. There is a huge amount of poverty in the hood with a lot of people scrounging to just get a meal on the table.

You know you’re listening to a great rapper when one line is packed with so much information. Ballin!

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