And that's the win win a mason mind can't sign if the pen's Templar
Some clever wordplay over here
Lupe here uses double meanings when using the names of two secret societies:
- Templars: A reference to the historical Knights Templar, one of the wealthiest and most powerful Western Christian military orders during the Crusades. Also a nod to the Templars of the Assassin’s Creed universe which is a secret society bent on controlling all of mankind.
- Masons: Freemasonry (Freemasons) is a secret society which goes as far back as the Medieval Ages, accused of being engaged in some vast conspiracy to rule the world.
What’s more is, the Templars are believed to have hidden rituals in the masonic order
Lupe’s line also utilizes the literal meanings of “mason” and “templar”:
- Mason: a skilled worker who builds by laying units of substantial material
- Templar: A lawyer or student of law having chambers in Temple, London.
As a result, this line is a very flexible one:
- Lupe is a winner due to his mason mind, able to build great structures (raps) with words. However, he can’t work if the law is on his case, assisting him due to an angle they have. The same applies for if a Templar is attempting to coerce him, they obviously want something so he won’t accept their help.
- He can’t work with secret societies the same way they can’t work with one another
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