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He’s so confident in his ability that he’s willing to bet anyone in a battle and won’t be satisfied until he’s very wealthy. Or in his words:

until he got a triplex (3 story house)

out in Tribeca (neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City)

with the skyline effect (where the sky seems to be touching the earth)

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By saying it’s a religious war he probably means that it’s a war (metaphoric for an ominous situation, in this context) of different perceptions and cohorts. Religion, in general, is a set of values and culture that many people adhere to and assimilate into their everyday beliefs and actions.

What he’s ultimately saying is that his music is up for interpretation based on different beliefs but basically he considers it a complete success in a normal standard and that the people who don’t like it, have a skewed perception of music and thus shouldn’t be his audience (they’re the failure).

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The alcoholic beverages — Champagne & Hennessey — are his choice of libation

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The amount of blood Chino is spilling is similiar to that of Exxon Valdez, which was an oil tanker that ended up aground and ultimately spilled hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil into Alaska.

Strike like a boa constrictor is a simile, because a boa constrictor is a snake.

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Chuck D have never fully appealed to the mainstream public nor has never intended to. Here he’s referring to the widely protuberant harangue between the east and west coast and especially that of appraised late Hip Hop legends Tupac Shakur and Biggie. The recording of this album was around the peak of the feud, around the time Tupac released his zealous expostulation Hit Em Up

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Before the release of Chuck D’s solo debut, he have already deeply been established as a Hip Hop pioneer and music legend as the lead artist of Public Enemy, which, prior to this album he have released 6 critically acclaimed albums with.

1987: Yo! Bum Rush the Show
1988: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
1990: Fear of a Black Planet
1991: Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black
1992: Greatest Misses
1994: Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age

Even 9 years deep, his style, vitality, charisma,and core audience have not changed but he have never stopped innovating his music (never jumped backwards). Also when he mentions “kissed myself” he’s referring to how many rappers, unlike him, have looked back at their success/impact with an overwhelming sense of achievement that lead them to change their style and fan base and ultimately the essence of their music.

Like….

Never been and never will be the case with the pundit Chuck D

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These lines are why i believe he is subtly alluding to industry punishment for his words in the previous lines. Examples are: “I want to speak but im stuck”; “they want to beat me up”; “really unbelievable stuff”.

In this mid-song-soliloquy, Canibus expresses his deep thoughts to whether he should just forget about the industry and even go as far as to stop making records just to keep his rhymes to himself so therefore no one can stigmatize and express skewed judgement.

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It seems that when Canibus mentions that he’s stuck he is possibly alluding to industry threats for speaking candidly. It looks like a dilemma of what he should say and what lines there is to cross.

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“They”, in this hyperbole, refers to the industry possibly as well as physically. But by “beating up” i believe he’s referring to something much deeper as he bluntly mentions in the next line. Possibly degradation because of his monolithic lyrical ability and the fact it can’t sell in the mainstream industry.

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The man got into a sexual as well as a drug relationship with this woman. It was sinister, and he ended up getting HIV/Aids.

MC Lyte alludes all of this with euphemisms purposely so that the ambiance of verse keenly correlates with the song title: Eyes Are The Soul.

NOTE: The song title describes the implication you can make of the situation by looking through one’s eyes, literally and figuratively.

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"I'm slowin' and flowin' and going in on and knowing not n..." (Naughty By Nature – Everything's Gonna Be Alright (Ghetto Bastard)) | pending

I wouldn’t consider it a nod because Big L had made his song years later. Big L’s is a nod

"Much love to my brothers in the pen / See ya when they fr..." (2Pac – Holler If Ya Hear Me) | pending

This line is direly important. It illuminates not only Tupac’s plight, but on behalf of the precarious predicament young black male are apart of in the streets. It’s important to note too that in the music video you see Tupac with his hands on the bar of the jail cell while saying this line. It’s keenly ambiguous as you don’t if Tupac is speaking from the outside in or vice-versa.

"Knew anorexics with ten plates" (Nas – Deja Vu) | pending

I believe he’s referring to the drug dealers who carried much weight(in terms of drugs), but were otherwise skinny in real life. That’s the nuance of the line but someone got to fill me on the slang for “plates” as I assume it relates to drugs.

"You rodent, I'm omnipotent" (Eminem – Rap God) | accepted

Eminem says it like “omni-potent” when it’s actually pronounced “om-nip-o-tent”. I think his incentive is to purposely have his enunciation that way to subtly emphasize that he’s potent too.

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A computer is a machine built to flawlessly execute applications and give you what you want. Eminem is saying that his rap style is the same as well ultimately producing him enough income that he can nonchalantly have a computer in his back pocket.

Paraphrased: “If i rap comparatively as good as a computer, then i must be rich enough to own one in my back pocket”

A computer is a machine built to flawlessly execute applications and give you what you want. Eminem is saying that his rap style is the same as well ultimately producing him enough income that he can nonchalantly have a computer in his back pocket.

Paraphrased: “If i rap comparatively as good as a computer, then i must be rich enough to own one in my back pocket”

"Lay-Low's what they called him, his head baldin / Sippin ..." (AZ – Mo Money, Mo Murder, Mo Homicide) | accepted

Acute literation is displayed here: “Sippin” “spilled” “silk” “suits” “scaldin”

Canibus actually emphasizes the second “what pieces of property do you really own?” because it serves as a hyperbole for the main objective of his statement: what intellectual and articulate properties do you really possess. Instead of being genuinely artful and creative, you’re letting people mend you into something you’re not — just to sell records.

Despite the 5 percent nation notation, this can be taken from a philosophical perspective. They say knowledge is that of others and wisdom is that of yourself. What AZ can be saying is that in this case you can have knowledge of yourself (e.g. you’re polite, handsome, respectful and charming) but fall in a frivolous fallacy the fact Jackie doesn’t love you for who you are. She’s out to get your money and thats why you’d need knowledge of women like Jackie and what they do or else you don’t have much understanding at all.

I feel like theres wordplay here. Bill is considered a nickname for William, so saying he’s William can be another way, in Jay Z’s words of saying “i prefer you call me cash/money”.

Obviously because cash is are considered bills.

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