We die hard like the battery thrown in the back of me by the mad MC
Who think imitation is the highest form of flattery

from Black Star – RE:DEFinition Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This line, a quintessential example of Kweli’s syllable-jamming style, plays on the idea of putting a “battery in your back” — i.e., trying to convince someone to handle a confrontation for you

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