I came in on Rakim, watch yall take the bar, yall lowered it

from Joe Budden (Ft. Ab-Soul) – Cut From a Different Cloth Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Joe was born in the 80’s, the same time Rakim started becoming a force in the rap game. Joe watched Rakim become one of the best lyricists of all time.

Joe uses “bar” as a homonym, giving it two meanings;

This describe what the rap game did after Rakim’s era. Joe feels the rest of the rap game lowered the lyrical standard compared to Rakim.

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