Now please, domino, domino
Only spot a few blacks the higher I go

from Kanye West (Ft. Jay Z) – Murder to Excellence Lyrics on Rap Genius


Jay here uses the rules of dominos to explain class and race hierarchy. In the game, the black spots are called pips. The person with the fewest number of pips has the HIGHER score. This is how you win

The higher Hov rises in status and wealth, the fewer blacks he sees until he is almost totally surrounded by white (people)

Domino may also signify “fall back”, which fits together with the “now please…” Long stacks of upright dominos arranged to fall in sequence are called “fall backs”

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