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Latin for “These three lords arrived"
It connects to the theme of the album that its creators are of the nouveau riche oblige with each "lord” being Jay, Ye, and Lex respectively.

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chuckychan
August 6th, 2013

technically this means “May these three lords” and thats it, it should be “Hi tres dominos venisset” to mean what rapgenius said. trust me ive taken latin for 3 years now, and i am about to start my fourth year

November 1st, 2013

I also think this is meant to sound like “give us mercy kanye” if you listen to it closely it sounds like both these lines are being played at the same time.

December 12th, 2013

chuckychan, if you’ve really been taking Latin for three years, you would know that “dominos” is accusative and “venisset” isn’t even plural. In any case, I keep hearing “give us mercy, domine,” but I know for a fact that “fat” and “tresi” mean nothing in Latin, and “domine” certainly isn’t “lords” — it’s the vocative form of “lord,” as if you’re addressing him.

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December 14th, 2013

hi- nominative masculine of hic;haec, hoc = these
Fat- 3.person singular indicative present tense of fari = he speaks/says
tresi- this form does not exist but there is the numaral tres which means three
domine- vocative of dominus,-i

If this should be latin, and not any other romaine language, this sentence is faulty or I am too stupid to comprehend it and translate it (I´m currently in my 7th year of latin).

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The sequence of the states mentioned suggests a nod to Manifest Destiny

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July 8th, 2012

Those are also the home states of the three wives of Frankie Lymon in the movie “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?”. Lupe doesn’t mention it, but it is another classic starring Larenz Tate and it portrays Lymon’s destructive lifestyle. Zola Taylor was one of his wives from California, Elizabeth Walters was from Ohio, and Emira Eagle was from Tennessee.

Sergio
September 5th, 2012

These are also locations of some of the countries biggest riots that were fueled by racial tensions. Cincinnati, Ohio having a number of riots — including the one in 2001, Memphis, Tennessee riots of 1866 happened after the American Civil War — and the “end” of slavery. Los Angeles, California had the 1992 riots in the Watts neighborhood — after the Rodney King trial resulted in an acquittal of the Four police officers who were filmed beating Rodney King.

“Right on” also has ties to black entertainment — and movements / groups in the 60’s-80’s

April 9th, 2013

I think it might be “riot on” instead of “right on”

Sergio
September 5th, 2012

I believe these reasons also tie back to the Justice song “Ohio”

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Everyone is politically correct when in mixed company, but what people say behind closed doors is what really lets you know what they’re about. Even white kids who listen to Gambino might be complicit in the socio-economic power structure that uses race and racial “divides” to underpin its existence.

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Subtle racism refers to covert racism. Gambino doesn’t mean that he alone feels this. He means that racism is embedded in American world-views in the way we inherently stereotype meaning to. It’s hard to pin it because its covert, unlike the overt forms of racism we formally recognize as racist (Rodney King, KKK, Police attack Civil Rights Activists).

People can’t see all the racism and its implication that play out in the discourse around Gambino. Their conditioning has been conditioned. It’s like everyone doesn’t realize they smell like shit after not showering for months until an outsider comes along and tells them. Gambino is that outsider.

Ironically (and perhaps intentionally), this statement in and of itself is an example of “subtle racism,” by telling the listener he/she can only understand his situation by virtue of being black and not having just lived a life identical to Gambino’s

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After taking the jacket, Gambino felt like he would be able to fit in due to his being able to blend in with the crowd while wearing acceptable clothes.

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A call for likeminded people to join him in the quest to improve understanding and relationships among people, because they aren’t so different as they seem on the surface

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Gambino’s concerts are known for their high energy from both him and his youthful crowd

Everybody in that audience knows damn well they have a 9 AM midterm in the morning, but decided to be Childish and fuck the midterms.

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Childish Gambino’s parents message people they knew from the old neighborhood hoping to fix relationships with them, but all that their old friends do is try and use them now (“Can your son read this script?”) that their son is famous.

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Echoes of Plato’s Cave Allegory There’s a world out there where you can escape the stereotypes and pigeonholes of racialized humanity through elevating your thinking, all you have to do is “follow the road” or “step out of the cave”, but nobody knows what the reality of that would be like

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Like the Oracle in 300 he’s a seer.

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"So it's 400 blows to these Truffaut niggas / Yeah, now th..." (Childish Gambino – That Power) | rejected

Also, while the same dude were trying to act hard, they missed seeing the movie, “400 Blows”, and were thus unable to appreciate the amazingly dope line that CG just dropped one bar ago. So dudes missed the intellectually and culturally stimulating experiences that are “400 Blows” and Childish Gambino’s lyrics.

"Told me I was awful and that shit did not phase me" (Childish Gambino – Bonfire) | rejected

Correction-“They told me I was ugly, man, that shit did not phase me”

He’s referring to his relationships with girls through out his life, and that he didn’t let the shallow bitches get to him.

"Played this for my cousin, now he can’t even think straig..." (Childish Gambino – Bonfire) | rejected

Therefore, it’s a triple entendre!!!!!!!!!!

"Played this for my cousin, now he can’t even think straig..." (Childish Gambino – Bonfire) | accepted

It’s also pretty obviously a metaphor referring to children of multi-racial backgrounds. Childish uses elements of some styles of music that many consider “white” music and combines them with Hip-Hop, which many consider “black” music. He takes the two and creates a Mixtape (which can be pronounced to sound like “mixed-tape), like children whose parents are different races are called "mixed”.

"Hangin’ in the islands, lookin’ for Earl like Toejam" (Childish Gambino – Bonfire) | accepted

Earl was actually last seen at a Somoan reform school. (still an island, but a VERY different island from Hawaii)

Also, TJ and Earl were literally trapped on an island and could not escape. Sound like a certain Odd Future member?

"Mama, you are with the right man, Juno" (Childish Gambino – Do Ya Like) | rejected

Also, given CG’s self proclaimed nerd status, this is also a direct reference to Roman mythology

Juno was the goddess of marriage and family, the wife of Jupiter, and the mother of nearly all of the other major gods and goddesses.

As the stories go, Jupiter stepped out on Juno A SHIT TON with mortal women, but Juno always stayed faithful.

CG could also be using this line to talk directly to a woman in his life who he is seeing, but also stepping out on.

J. Cole flips the flow from a iambic pentameter couplets (Shakespearean like rhythm of speaking) to triplets (Say the the word triplet like, “Tri-pul-it”)

The classical, Shakespearean couplets have the affect of warming the listener when they hear the lines rapped in that manner, while the triplets allow the rapper to give off colder, more cynical, and even angry emotions (think Eminem’s “The Way I Am”. The flow in that song is nearly all triplets, and gives off a vibe of frustration and anger)

With this in mind, it isn’t too much of a stretch to say that this line is autobiographical of earlier periods of J. Cole’s life. Back when he was broke, women would give him the cold shoulder when he would make sexual advances. This gives the line a bit of double entendre, punchline affect

"Chick on my left arm, she could write The King And I" (Childish Gambino – Difference) | rejected

This speaks to CG finding himself in a lot of interracial relationships/hookups. The cultural divide that existed between the lovers in “The King and I” is something that his girl(s) could relate to.

"Yeah I got paper like I just ate a muffin" (Childish Gambino – Both Hands) | accepted

Muffin is also slang for vagina.
CG could also be alluding to his enhanced ability to pick up women as a result of his increasing fame and affluence. IE, he’s getting paper, so he’s getting pussy.

“All I see is me, and I’m a mother lovin' mirror fool"
Should be …mirror full.

Lupe is talking about how his Super Lupe rap, message, and career completely outshine that of other rappers who aren’t on the intellectual level of his content.

What do you see when you look in a mirror? Yourself. But the Laws governing how light travels allow you to see things behind you as well, unless you’re so big the the light waves all bounce of the mirror and onto you again. Lupe is saying that his career is above and beyond that of the other rappers who are behind him, because they can’t compete and win against Lupe

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