Like a circle of knives, I got the sharpest flow around
First consider these two lines being read together: ‘I will hold it down, like a circle of knives’ which is beginning the imagery of knives sticking in the floor in a circular shape, pinning down an object. So already there is the dual meaning of #1 holding it down for his city/being the best, and #2 holding an object to the floor…
This finally enables us to fully appreciate the last 3 words: ‘Sharpest Flow Around’.
Wayne literally has the sharpest flow in rap. He’s on top of the game.
Sharpest: Relating to the blades of the knives
Flow: His diction makes ‘Flow’ sound like ‘Floor’. He is describing his ‘floor’ as the ‘sharpest floor a round’ because the knives are placed in a circular shape
Around: Because they are stuck in a circular shape, we can ignore the A to see the hidden word ‘Round’, (because he does accentuate the ‘round’ part of the word, keeping the ‘a’ quiet) which completes the imagery of the circle of knives holding something down!
(Just pretend this is an image of knives sticking into the floor, pinning something down…)
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