Every morning I took the train to High Street Station
Doing homework on the train, what a fucked up situation
On the way back up, hearing battle tapes
Through the underground, underneath the sky scrapes
Like Harlem World Battles on the Zulu Beat Show

from Beastie Boys – Root Down Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Refers to Mike Diamond’s subway journey—as a teenager, to High Street Station and school—listening to battling Emcees on the Zulu Beat Show.

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