I came in on Rakim, watch yall take the bar, yall lowered it
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;
The metaphorical bar of “excellence/standard”
The musical term, the segment of time defined by a given number of beats.
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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