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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection, which is where is metaphor “being sick” (referring to there song being really good) comes from.

Extending on the infection itself — during the first stage of a syphilis infection, painless sores or open ulcers may appear on the anus, vagina, penis, or inside the mouth, and occasionally on other parts of the body. During the second stage (roughly three weeks to three months after the first symptoms appear), an infected person may experience flu-like symptoms and possibly hair loss or a rash on the soles and palms — and in some cases all over the body. There are also latent phases of syphilis infection during which symptoms are absent.

If untreated, it can lead to serious damage to the brain and the nervous system; mental deterioration; a loss of balance, vision, and sensation; leg pain; and heart disease.


He also uses an alliteration with the letter “S” in the same metaphor.

And if you didn’t know, “Sky” is short for “Skyzoo”, and “Preem” is short for “DJ Premier”.

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Wordplay;

  • Referencing being in a Rolls-Royce car… those are some damn expensive luxury cars. For example, a 2013 Ghost is from $256,650 to $296,000, and a 2013 Phantom is from $398,970 to $470,295.

  • Also Royce Da 5'9" is of course an emcee as well, which is where his word play comes from… that and Chubby Jag is taller then 5'9".

Compare, Cassidy is 5'9", Jag is clearly a lot taller.

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Clever wordplay used in this line;

Johnny Manziel is a college football quarterback for the Texas A&M
Aggies
.

So let’s check out the wordplay used;

  • The early A.M. refers to the morning, you know, the A.M. and P.M. cycle… And of course Manziel plays for the Texas A&M Aggies.
  • Tecs would refer to TEC-9 guns, which is a semi-automatic handgun. But tecs also sounds like the first syllable of Texas.

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Well for the 2012-2013 NBA season, the New Jersey Nets franchise moved to play in Brooklyn. The Nets played in Surf’s hometown, Newark.

So even thought the NBA team is gone, he is still ballin' in the sense that he got money and the material objects… even tho the NBA team ain’t ballin' in Jersey no more.

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Surf uses wordplay here;

The Money Team is a clothing brand founded by Floyd Mayweather Jr. Ray J the R&B singer, is apart of The Money Team currently, but was kicked out before.

So Surf is saying that he is getting money with his homies/gang (team).

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A reference to NBA player Ray Allen, the player who has made the most 3 point shots of all time in the NBA, with 2,868 a few games into the 2013-14 season.

Ray was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007. The Boston Celtics main color is of course, green, so they can be referred to as “The Green”. Green is also a slang term for money.

So Surf is saying he was involved in criminal activity to obtain money before 2007, as of course shooting in his case means shooting guns, in Ray’s case it means shooting basketballs.

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In the second last bar of the first verse he says

Bigger buzz, but I’m still loccin'

This is also the second last bar of the second verse, and it has the same context essentially. No matter his buzz, he is going to stay a Crippin' (loccin').

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Loccin' is a term that means you’re gang banging with the Crips. Tsu Surf claims to still being a Crip even tho he has a buzz (some popularity) due to being a battle rapper in the Ultimate Rap League.

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Chiraq is a slang term for the city of Chicago.

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Being “clapped” means being shot at… so if someone wants you clapped, it means they want you dead essentially.

Surf is saying that with the life he used to live gave him a life-long paranoia that his former competition and enemies still want him dead.

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"Which one will break first they neck or they chain?" (Prince Ea – Fake MC's) | pending

That’s a dope line

"Feel me nigga, I’m from Philly nigga / Still repping my c..." (Cassidy – Ain't Gonna Happen) | pending

He does business in Arizona know, as he recorded his latest albums at the Saltmine Studio

"If a thousand words is equivalent to a picture / Then wel..." (Jay Electronica – Bitches and Drugs) | accepted

Fun Fact:

  • The standard modern day movie has 24 frames per second,The recent movie D'Jango Unchained is 165 minutes, which is 9,900 seconds.. which means 237,600 frames… which means 237,600,000 words.

There is a book, The Mayflower that gives a very comprehensive history of how that came about.

Basically, the Pilgrims got along well with the Native Americans (Indians) as long as the Pilgrims needed their help to survive. The 1st generation Pilgrims honoured their treaties and the Natives honoured them from their side. But the second generation Pilgrims got greedy for land and the Indians had to fight for their survival. Read the history of King Philip’s War. It was the bloodiest conflict, in per capita casualties, in American (then colonial) history.

  • 1st generation Pilgrims, thanks for giving
  • 2nd generation Pilgrims, we want the rest of the land.
"I put you up on the IV, not the Roman Numeral 4 / But the..." (Army Of The Pharaohs – Battle Cry) | accepted

Y'all need to explain what an I.V. is… so here;

An I.V. is an acronym for intravenous therapy. It’s the infusion of liquid substances directly into a vein, a way to put some medicine in a patient.

Another good keyboard shortcut is CTRL+F (click both buttons at the same time); you just type a keyword in the box-thing opened above, and it highlights all of them on the page. Very useful for checking comments regarding lyric mistakes, and then fixing them.

I know it works on Google Chrome, not sure about other browsers. I check comments a lot faster.

"You forced us in the ghetto and then you took our dads" (Lupe Fiasco – Strange Fruition) | pending

Lupe is from Chicago, and what happened is they forced blacks to live in a segregated community, built for them… they were known as housing projects.

Essentially the drift of things is, if the Mother was single, her rent was cut in half, something like that, and the people checking on them to make sure they were single could pop in whenever, so the Dad’s would leave town for long periods of time.

I can’t exactly remember where I heard this, I think it was from Gangland, in fact it might be this episode, not inclined to watch it again, but if someone is interested, check it out, and tell me if this is where that is stated.

Minnesota is a state, not a city. Ali is from Minneapolis, which is a city in the state of Minnesota.

"So you gassed up, but I still eat your ass up" (Cassidy – Raid) | accepted

Also, gassed up means hyped up, like he mentions in the line above he’s getting his songs played everyday.

Ass is used as a homonym to set up his metaphor;
When you fart, it’s most commonly known as gas, and you fart out of your butt, which is your ass.

"And I ain't even tall, It's hard to be" (Ab-Soul – No Pressure) | accepted

Also though, take the line literally. Kendrick Lamar is only 5 ft. 6. By the looks of any picture with both of them standing together, Soulo looks a bit taller, but maybe an inch or two at most… the average male height is about *5'11", making him 3-5 inches shorter then the average height.