Try to be the phattest is the level that we strive
Try to be the phattest also to stay alive
“Phat” is an “old-school” hip-hop meme, basically meaning to be incredibly cool or skilled.
Q-Tip wants his group to have the best (i.e phattest) lines in the rap game — that’s just the level they desire to be at.
The second line makes a play on the homonym of phat/fat. When growing up in impoverished areas, eating is generally a necessity for someone to continue living, and gaining weight is usually accompanied with eating.
This could also be a reference to the common hip-hop trope of gaining weight. Gaining weight meaning to become more successful, which would improve Tip’s life very much.
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