They're trying to Axl Rose you
Welcome to the jungle
Axl Rose is the singer from Guns N' Roses. “Welcome to the Jungle” is one of their famous songs.
This isn’t the first reference to Axl Rose that’s been rapped by Jay-Z. Mr Z isn’t mocking Axl Rose. Axl Rose is Jay’s metaphor to warn young talent about the music industry and risks of rising to success through hardship:
Axl + his brothers/sisters were abused by his biological father (who later abandoned the family when Axl was very young);
Mirroring the stereotype of class warfare against the black family, Axl Rose never met his real father who was abusive when around and absent for most of his kids' lives. Axl Rose never actually met his dad, who was found murdered sometime in the 90s in some white trash ghetto of Indiana (date/place might be wrong).
Like many other artists who don’t grow up comfortably, Axl Rose never saw the music industry sharks coming. As he struggled to deal with the scars left by his upbringing so he could enjoy his success, those closest to him pumped him full of psychoactive drugs, aggravated his problems and whatever else to get their hands on his cash.
Axl Rose was smart, though. He essentially became a recluse for a few years, tightened up his operation, and has now returned to the industry a wiser person, in control of his act + income and getting all kinds of critical acclaim as an artist.
I’m sure I’ll be saying this a lot on here: the human brain isn’t happy with leaving things up in the air and it’ll always drive you to some conclusion if you didn’t hear or see something 100% — like if you stare at a wallpaper pattern and you sort of start to see faces or other designs that aren’t there. Sure, there are double-entendres used in rap lines all the time. But, usually, the simplest explanation is the only one.
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