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While Ink’s music may seem simple, and mainstream at the surface, but its really the product of a lot of hard work in the studio.

Note that he starts off the mixtape with an arrogant tone. As the whole project starts to come together this becomes a theme, and it makes this line hit home.

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His hometown, Los Angeles is a hot-bed for crime, drugs and gang violence. Ink’s hard work got him out of that trap.

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All the people that talk about him aren’t succeeding because they are too busy hating. Rockie is in a positive state of mind, he knows that acting like those who are under him will bring him down to their level.

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He is forever focused on building a rich lifestyle for himself. “Long-haul weight” implies that he wants to have money for his whole life time.

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Rockie’s has said that he wants to be generous with his money before;

I’m gettin' bread and makin' sure my niggas eat

As long as his fam sticks with him, they’ll get what he feels that they deserve.

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His favorite rappers growing up spit about the high life, flying private jets to their exotic places. He has similar visions for his future, though he wants to bring up his home-city through his success.

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Those who are trying to get into music with the intention of attaining fame, instead of keeping their head on their work, are doomed to fall off. Rockie knows that when you keep your grind the rest will come.

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He is thinking with a working-class mentality here. Many Americans live with this mind-set, but its still a valuable asset for him. Even as a rapper, he has to get his work done to keep his spot.

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Chicago producer The Gift samples James Blake’s, Life Round Here to create this beat, and his voice is sampled numerous times in the song. It’s a classic example of The Gift’s genius when it comes to creating spacey, rhythmic production for Rockie to spit on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlOmdyH_7Os

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Your note about Lupe reminded me of how much of an impact he had on me as well:
http://rapgenius.com/Jake-learned-rap-genius-senior-project-lyrics

"They say I sound like Andre mixed with Kanye, little bit ..." (A$AP Rocky – Leaf (Take 1)) | accepted

yeah haha

"I hate that ho, I make it so hard just to talk, don’t I? ..." (Drake – Hate Sleeping Alone) | rejected

He also plays off of his own line where he talks about getting off topic.

"Know that I'm your sister's kid but / It still don't expl..." (Drake – Look What You've Done) | rejected

When he says hamptons he is referring to the fact that his uncles house ends up being a sort of vacation for a young Drake.

"I know a lot of people that smile in my face / But talk b..." (Kendrick Lamar – The Spiteful Chant) | accepted

I think this ties into the title of the song. I think he is using the typical hooks and ideas from awful brag rappers.

"Drinking like a fuckin fish" (Childish Gambino – Hero) | accepted

Hes drinking alcohol like water. Meaning he is drinking it really fast.

"My generation sippin' cough syrup / Like it's water, neve..." (Kendrick Lamar – A.D.H.D) | accepted

referring to the fact that this generation people value the high of drugs over simply feeding ourselves. with no money left after buying drugs how can people afford food?

"I'm a superstar, noted on to my nebula" (Drake – Congratulations) | accepted

A Nebula is a star in the making. Drake is going to be a superstar and went through everything to become one.

Chewing the ice from an artic place, is indeed a very cold time.

"Hoes who'll want the same thing - homo - Elton - Jojo" (Big Sean – Supa Dupa) | pending

same thing as in same sex