Shout out to Baltimore, Baton Rouge, my crew in Richmond
While y'all debated who the truth was like Jews and Christians
I was on Cecil B, Broad Street, Master, North Philly, South Philly, 23rd
Tasker, Six Mile, Seven Mile, Hartwell, Gratiot
While people where debating about the truth, “South hip hop, NY hip hop”, “whose real and whose not”, “Is hip hop dead or alive” , “whose dope whose wack” etc.. Jay Electronica was all over these places seeking the truth rather than debating about it.
Notice he used the simile to compare the the situation with Jews and christians. Jews read the Torah which is the 1st 5 books from the bible and they believe they were written by Moses and they derieved they are 613 Mitzvot from them (Their commandments) while Christians believe there are only 10 commands and the bible should be read entirely rather than a Torah which is quarter of the Bible
Cecil B. Moore Ave in Philly runs from Front St to 33rd St in North Philly. Broad St. is the longest street in the city, running from North Philly to South Philly.
Master St runs from to West Philly, and 23rd & Tasker St is in South Philly.
6 Mile, 7 Mile, Hartwell and Gratiot all refer to streets in Detroit.
Also, Building off of the initial point made with regard to the arguments about the authenticity in hip hop, whether from south, east, mid-west etc. When Jay states “ debating the truth like Jews and Christians” it deliberately leaves out the element of Islam; the American tradition of Islam i.e Moorish Science Temple, N.O.I, and 5%ers that Jay is signaling to throughout the song, is further implying that he has the truth (science) meaning Islam. (Submission to the will of the one true
G-d) While the rest of the world (i.e) Jews & Christians will keep on debating.
Note also how the history of the 5%ers is directly connected to the Nation of Islam under the Honorable Elijah Muhammad whose influence ran all across America, namely the West (Oakland, L.A), the East (N.Y, N.J, Philly), Mid-West (Detroit, Chicago) and the South (Georgia namely because this is where T.H.E.M was from).
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