Spice wars, crack wars

from Das Racist – Nutmeg Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Heems has often drawn connections between the “Spice Game” – ie the millennia-old spice trade that was at the forefront of global market ages before the stock market (and was centered around India) – and the “Crack Game” – ie the current massive underground market of crack cocaine in the United States. He’s now equating the Spice Wars (any number of the wars fought over spices, most notably being the Dutch-Portuguese War of the 17th century, which was fueled by the Dutch wanting to get in on Portugal’s monopoly of the spice trade) and the Crack Wars (any number of gang wars fought over the crack market).

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