Brace yourself, I'll take you on a trip down memory lane
Worth mentioning the opening imperative. Even though he claims to be taking us on a ‘trip down memory lane’, itself a cliche for gentle reminiscence, we are actually about to be taken on a roller-coaster/safari/battle. How do we know this? Because he instructs us to ‘brace ourselves’ first.
This is underlined by his pitchy, slightly uncomfortable delivery on this track. Urgent and unsettled.
Nas similarly took us on a “trip down memory lane” back in 1994.
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