I be the one they call Petey

from Common (Ft. Ynot) – Chapter 13 (Rich Man vs. Poor Man) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

During this period of his career, Common occasionally referred to himself as “Petey Wheatstraw”. This likely came from the 1977 Blaxploitation film of the same name. The title character, played by Rudy Ray Moore, is the Devil’s son in law.

The original user of the name was a popular 1930’s blues singer. The original Peetie (born William Bunch) billed himself as “The Devil’s Son-in-Law” and “The High Sheriff from Hell” and his demonic associations and musical style were a big influence on seminal country bluesman Robert Johnson

Hear the original Peetie play the “Police Station Blues” (who hasn’t had those?) here

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