Apathy is in the minority here: the movie has a 89% approval rating from audiences and 57% from Critics on RottenTomatoes.
However, it was (rightfully) criticized for ruining many people’s childhood memories (including Apathy’s, as we learn in the next line).
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The Michael Bay version of Transformers lacks the classic sound effects when robots are transforming.
Fortunately, thanks to youtube, you can hear how it would be:
This line has two meanings:
He’s listening to beats on repeat, trying to match his flow with the beat patterns
He’s “getting old”, so he’s trying to figure the patterns in his life, since history repeats itself. He then proceeds to describe them: drugs and rapping.
Rock Stars, from Ill Bill’s group first Album *The Future is Now", was produced by DJ Premier.
The hook is an example of Premier’s signature scratched hook, and includes a line from Inspectah Deck on Above the Clouds: “Wild like Rock Stars who smash guitars”
Ill Bill continues mentioning rock and rap influences together:
Slayer, the trash metal band, was signed to Def Jam by Rick Rubin. Scarface is one of the best rappers to ever bless the mic.
Rick Rubin, who co-founded Def Jam with Russel Simmons, is known for mixing rock and rap.
Among other classics, he’s responsible for the hit Aerosmith and Run D.M.C. collaboration “Walk this Way”
The Wrestler Brock Lesnar was a part of a tag team known as “The Minnesota Stretching Crew”.
The US budget deficit gre during the recent financial crysis:
Rebel INS is an Inspector Deck alias. Deck is saying rhymes come to him easily without much thought or effort.
7L, Esoteric and Inspectah Deck collaborated on Speaking Real Words, released in 2006. They finally released their full collaboration, Czarface, in 2013.
It’s “Inspectah”, not “Inspector”
Tonedeff, commenting your explanation on Episode 27 of Tacos & Chocolate Milk, denies being self-centered
“Living my life in the margin and that metaphor was proof” may be a reference to Fermat’s Last Theorem. Fermat wrote on the margin of his copy of “Arithmetica” that he had a proof for the theorem, but it was too large to fit in the margin. The Theorem remained unproven until 1995.
(fun fact: if you Google margin+proof, you only get references for Fermat and this rapgenius page)
This thinking is a common fallacy involving Conditional Probabilitie.
Taking the lottery metaphor that Kendrick uses on the second verse: assuming that two different people in Compton winning the lottery are independent events, and assuming that the probability of a single person winning the lottery in Compton is 0.0001, then the probability of three people in Compton winning the lottery is 0.000000000001, which looks basically impossible.
However, the fact that two people already won the lottery (Arron Afflalo and The Game) doesn’t affect the odds of Kendrick also winning, which remain at 0.0001. Therefore, the fear felt by Kendrick is not rational (but it is very real).
An angel is supposedly peaceful, but Kendrick is like a guy on PCP, aka Angel Dust, whose effect include euphoria and paranoia. He’s still a good kid though: an Angel on Angel Dust.
Also, the Dollar in getting weaker against other currencies.
See, for example, EUR vs. USD: http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=EURUSD=X&t=1y&l=on&z=m&q=l&c=
Tried to add the rest of the song (with a lot of blanks, someone fill them please). There’s still a few bars missing.
Thanks Meds86. Lyrics corrected.
On Scarface, this is actually rule number two:
Frank Lopez: Lesson number one: Don’t underestimate the other guy’s greed!
Elvira Hancock: Lesson number two: Don’t get high on your own supply.