Never been to a gun fight and never needed a knife
But then I make the cut whenever delivering lines

from Ed Sheeran & Yelawolf – You Don't Know (For Fuck's Sake) Lyrics on Rap Genius


The gun fight is a metaphorical play on making the cut. Making the cut — getting his lines on to the finalized version of a track.
He doesn’t have to fight in order to make the cut, the lines he delivers are of such quality there is no point arguing whether or not the shit he writes should make the final cut.

This is also a play on the phrase “don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.” He’s saying he never needed a gangster persona to make the the final “cut”.

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