Do he think I'm 2Pac cause I'm black and put the words in?
Does he know his daughter might have caught a real mer(k)man?

from Rick Ross (Ft. Andre 3000) – Sixteen Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Dre asks if the girls father think he is a thug/gangsta like Tupac just because he raps? This shows the stereotypical image some people have of rappers, being that Andre is nothing like that

The last sentence has two interpretations, depending on how you understand the last word.

  1. Merkman — Going back to the 2Pac reference, Andre is questioning if his girlfriend’s father knows that she is dating a merkman, which slang for a killer or a thug. No father wants to see his daughter date a ‘bad boy’, but some do simply out of rebellion and to spite their father.
  2. Merman — In this interpretation, Andre is reinforcing that he is actually unique and rare, like a merman (a male mermaid). It is a way of showing that he is special, and how he is unlike most other rappers. He’s quite a catch!
    Also, it is interesting to note the word “catch” being that a merman is part fish

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