Couldn't believe it, 'til I saw with my own pupils
Felt bad when I learned that their advice was truly useful
He didn’t think anything bad would happen to him until it actually did and wished he would’ve taken his family’s advice because it would’ve helped in the situation. Note: A play on pupil, creating the homophone referring to the eyes and his class mates.
There is also a very deep reference to one of Joey’s favorite rappers in these two bars. Observe the words Bada$$ chose to rhyme here. Pupil and useful.
Joey has very often cited MF DOOM as one of his favorite rappers and primary influences. Joey and DOOM have very similar flows and cadence for this reason (particularly on 1999).
MF DOOM has a song where he rhymes pupils and useful in exactly the same order on one of his most famous albums Madvillainy. The song is called Money Folder. The lines go,
It’s crucial, you could see it in his pupil
And this time when he get it he’ll waste it on somethin' useful
It’s hard to tell (without asking Joey directly) if this is an intentional shoutout to DOOM or just a musical Freudian slip from hearing DOOM’s music so often. Sometimes a rapper’s favorite artist’s rhymes will come out in freestyles, because music can become embedded in our subconscious.
Either way its a cool homage to DOOM whether intended or not.
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