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Perhaps referring to baby Jesus, him trying to emulate his godliness. This ties in with what Andre 3000 later complains about with inferior artists trying to imitate a successful formula.

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August 18th, 2012

Maybe a pale imitator f the boy he was in the slowboat (The Windmill in El Manana, Feel Good Inc. and the end of the video.

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The ancient Greeks believed that when somebody died their soul had to cross the river Styx, which connected the Earth to the Underworld, the land of the dead. The ferryman, Charon, charged two silver coins to take the souls into the Underworld, so it was traditional to place two coins on the eyes of the deceased.

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Throughout the album Butler muses about life and existence, and decides that reason helps him appreciate the problem, but not solve it. Therefore he choses to let feelings run his actions, a sort of “conscious instinct”. This line establishes that choice from the get-go, and he later digs into the process of its realization, mainly in the third track Are you…Can you…Were you? (Felt)

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May 5th, 2012

No, its not about the facts of the powerful. Its about being rational vs emotional- the same struggle many artists deal with.

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January 24th, 2014

Hey I just realized someone put a stupid image on my explanation. Goddammit couldn’t you leave it alone?

January 14th, 2014

He’s going with his gut despite facts. He’s moving the listener into an emotional reality. It’s context for the next line.

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Reminding us they’ve been in the scene for a long, looong time.

Run-DMC & Beastie Boys — 1987 European Tour Poster
Source: Beastiemania

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Both Willis Reed and Elton John had prolific careers in basketball and music, respectively, and continued working long after their prime. Willis Reed (b. 1942) played his entire a basketball player with the New York Knicks (1964-1974), earning him a spot on the list of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He went on to several coaching and management jobs at the collegiate and professional levels, most notably, with the New Jersey Nets, from 1988-2004. The Nets made the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. He finished his career as Vice President of Basketball Operations with New Orleans Hornets, finally retiring in 2007. Below, Willis Reed as NJ Nets Manager

Elton John (b. 3.25.1947) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist. In a career spanning more than four decades, he has sold more than 250 million records. 2pac sampled Elton John’s “Indian Sunset” for ”Ghetto Gospel"

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References LL Cool J’s video for his song “I’m Bad” in which his girl gets…well, snatched!

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"I run on feelings, fuck your facts," (Shabazz Palaces – Free Press and Curl) | pending

Hey I just realized someone put a stupid image on my explanation. Goddammit couldn’t you leave it alone?

"André 3000, where is Erykah Badu at? Who that?" (Lil Wayne – A Milli) | rejected

Shame

"They say I'm rapping like B.I.G, Jay, and 2Pac" (Lil Wayne – A Milli) | rejected

knocking on the door of the pantheon. That’s cute

"I'm a Young Money millionaire," (Lil Wayne – A Milli) | rejected

Lil wayne….social commentary…riiiiiight

"MGD's and Colt 45's" (Danny Brown – Bruiser Brigade) | pending

On this line it’s: Coronas and Bud Ice