It’s time to pay the piper,

from Rakaa Iriscience (Ft. Defari, Evidence & Fashawn) – Aces High Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The phrase “pay the piper” means to suffer the consequences of your actions or attitudes, and comes from the fable of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, most famously retold by Robert Browning.

In the fable, the town of Hamelin hires someone to get rid of a plague of rats, which he does a magic flute. But the town balks and doesn’t pay the floutist, so he performs his trick again—the second time with all of the town’s children. Revenge is a bitch.

In this verse, the phrase means that anyone who has tried to take advantage of Evidence will soon regret doing so.

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