Kanye this that 1970s Heron flow huh?

from Cam'ron – Down and Out Lyrics on Rap Genius


Cam'ron is confirming with Kanye West, the song’s putative producer, that the sampled beat is an example of 1970s heroin influenced soul music. The track from which the beat is sampled is titled “Strung Out”—a slang expression describing the psychoactive effects of heroin. Hence Cam’s reference to the “heron flow.” (In his 1971 song “Lady Day and John Coltrane,” Gil Scott-Heron asks if you’re down and out and don’t know what to do.)

This line contains two big mistakes on Cam’s part. First, “Strung Out” was produced not in the 1970s but in 1968. Second, although Cam appears to credit Kanye for the song’s production, the song was, in fact, produced by Brian Miller, an employee of Kanye’s. That’s a lot of factual errors for one line.

If the line were factually accurate it would probably have been something like: “Bri this that 1960s heron flow huh?”

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