Cause when I shoot the gift, I shoot to kill

from House Of Pain – Jump Around Lyrics on Rap Genius


“The gift” in this case is the “gift of gab.” Around this time “shooting the gift” was a popular phrase to explain the skills to rhyme. (See the chorus to Nikki D’s “Letting Off Steam”, or De La Soul’s “Buddy”

Buddy is the act that occurs on the lip
When Jenny and Jimmy start shootin' the gift

He also takes the word “shooting” and applies it to “shooting to kill.”

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