I'm stargazing from the back of the stage
Questioning if who y'all praise is worthy of praise

from The Roots (Ft. Dice Raw & Phonte) – Now or Never Lyrics on Rap Genius


This could have two meanings:

  1. He could be talking about himself — when the Roots get on and perform, they do a “Bass Check 1, 2”… “Keys Check 1,2”… interlude, and when they do this Black Thought introduces each instrument then sits back. So, I’m thinkin when he’s “stargazin'” he’s watching the Roots and wondering if they are worthy of all of the praise they get.

  2. He’s literally wondering if the praise, that today’s musically relevant artist receives, is justified.

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