You want to know how to rhyme you better learn how to add

from Yasiin Bey – Mathematics Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

If you want to rap well, you have to be well informed about the world and be able to observe and figure the world out. The only way to do that is to look at the facts and figures and check everything. Do some “bookkeeping” like how much the government saves by using prison labor, how much they collect in taxes for the War on Drugs and how much they actually spend. Follow the trail of money, add it up, find the truth of shady deals i.e if you want to rap, use some mathematics.

Looked at in a different way, hes speaking to all those people that are wannabe emcees. Mos is telling them to stop wasting their time with rapping and “learn how to add” — a reference to education.

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