I got violence in my waistband, death in my palm
This is a reference to Fela Anikulapo Kuti who was against a culture of corrupt bougeroise Nigerians oppressing other Nigerians. KM also voices this same feeling about prominent black figures contributing to the downfall of the black masses. Fela’s name means “he who carries death in his pouch”. Violence in my waistband — is clearly referencing having a gun in his waistband. Another translation of Fela’s name — “He who cannot be killed” relates to Killer Mike saying he has control over death…or “death in my palm”.
Towards the end of the song Mike ends with “If you don’t like what I’m saying…that’s life” Similarly Fela suggest in his song ‘Army Arrangement’ “Whether you like or you no like — after you hear this the true talk”
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