Shut them down, Onyx

from Drake (Ft. The-Dream) – Shut It Down Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Onyx is a hip hop group who had a song and album called “Shut ‘em Down” in 1998.

Drake has expressed regret over using this line, telling AllHipHop:

Well, that [punchline] flow has been killed by so many rappers. And, I never want to use that flow again in life. [Laughs] I wanted to take if off my album, because I was like, “"I shut ‘em down. Onyx.“” I hate the fact that that rhyme is still in there. … [Lines like that are] all punchlines. Then a bunch of rappers started doing it and using the most terrible references in the world. I don’’t want to offend somebody. …I hate that rappers picked that flow up. I wish they had left that for people that know how to use it. [They go like] ““It’’s a parade! MACY'’S!””
At that point, you never want to use it.

This shot sparked a minor beef with Ludacris, and he responded in “Badaboom”.

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