Shoot me out the cannon

from Das Racist – Chicken and Meat Lyrics on Rap Genius


There are several possible meanings for this line. First is the most literal: Kool AD is asking to be shot out of a cannon, a reference to the spectacular feat of circus folk and daredevils. He could also be continuing the pun of Canon/cannon, asking to be “shot” (ie photographed) with a Canon camera.

Most cleverly, he could be referring to “the canon,” ie “the group of artistic works that are generally accepted as representing a certain field.” Due to Das Racist’s continual questioning and subversion of anything that might be considered representative of a field, it’s possible Kool AD is asking politely to never ever be considered part of the “rap canon,” whatever that may be.

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