{Double Trouble sample: here's a little that must be told
(*beat scratches*)
From beginning to end (*beat scratches*)
Here's a little story that must be told (*beat scratches*)
From beginning to end}

from Common – Book of Life Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

the sample establishes the hip-hop roots of this song, chopping up a sample from rap duo double trouble of ‘wild style’ fame.

‘wild style’ is basically the definitive hip-hop film, with a soundtrack featuring all the who’s-who of hip-hop’s golden age.

(‘here’s a little story that must be told’ is a line referenced so often in hip-hop that it’s virtually a rap meme…)

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