Got my sippin' cup out on the low

from Kid Cudi – Cleveland is the Reason Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Preceding a reference to Houston DJ Michael Watts, Cudi’s talking about how he’s riding around, smoking, sipping sizzurp (purple drink: prescription cough syrup mixed with Sprite) in his car.

A “sippin' cup” refers to the styrofoam cup Cudi’s drinking the concoction out of. It makes sense that he would keep it “on the low,” because if he gets pulled over with a controlled substance in his car, he could do several years in prison.

On July 8, 2008, Johnny Jolly, a Green Bay Packers player, was pulled over in his car for excessive music. The officers found a Dr Pepper bottle in a holder next to two Styrofoam cups containing soda and ice. The officers said the cups and the bottle all emitted “strong odors of codeine.” The case was dismissed at first, but charges were refiled in December 2009 after the Houston Police Department’s acquired new equipment that allowed the police to test the evidence again. Jolly faced a possible maximum sentence of up to 20 years in jail, but as a first time offender he would be eligible for probation.

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