If Shawn's a black Beatle then I need a 10 second drum solo
Bitch see you at Woodstock
Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is considered a black Beatle (i.e. a rock legend), and so Kendrick feels he deserves to be at Woodstock because he is one too. The “10 second drum solo” refers to Ringo Starr’s drum solo on “The End,” The Beatles second-to-last song from their final recorded studio album, Abbey Road. Woodstock was a rock festival in the 60s that, ironically enough, the Beatles didn’t actually attend, since they were on the verge of disbanding.
But then again, what’s a black beatle anyway? A fucking roach?
This line is a cool employment of homophone also. While the Jay/Black Beatle reference is undeniable, given that it was alluded to by Jigga man on “Illest Motherfucker Alive”, Kendrick could also be making this line a run-on from a tweet by Shyne where he referred to himself with a lot of chutzpah as a black Beatle.
The Shawn/Shyne corruption is an easy one to make while rhyming.
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