Niggas talking real reckless; stuntmen

from Kanye West (Ft. Jay Z) – Otis Lyrics on Rap Genius


Stuntmen’s job is to perform reckless activities with little regard for their own safety.

The play on words revolves around “stunt,” which can mean “to show off.” The basic meaning is a warning that if you show off by talking shit about Kanye, you are putting your life in danger. It also implies that while you claim to live a life of danger, you are more akin to a Hollywood actor.

This line is likely a shot at Lil Wayne and Drake; Wayne is a longtime frenemy of Jay-Z while his protege Drake seems to take a few shots at the throne on I’m On One and Dreams Money Can Buy, saying his favorite rappers “either lost it or ain’t alive — and they trying to bring us down, me, Weezy, and Stunna.” “Stunna” is Birdman; Wayne first came to prominence with his guest verse on the Birdman’s hit #1 Stunna. “Stunna” comes from “to stunt,” and means showing off. And Drake in fact calls himself a “stunt double” on Up All Night.

Kanye makes fun of Wayne and Drake with the form as well as the content of this line by structuring it as a “grocery bag” rhyme, a simile that omits the “like.” It is a style of rapping popularized by Drake and the Young Money crew, although Big Sean claims to have invented it, though rappers like Sean Price and Cam'ron were using similar devices years prior

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