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Sounding a bit like an angry Dad there…

This line was later referenced to by Kool AD of Das Racist in their track “Sit Down, Man”.

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In fear of being found out (by Meth, or the cops, or whoever) you’ve lost control and blacked out the crib (hidden, like having blacked out windows on a car).

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In a stickup people are told to have their hands in the air, not as to try anything funny. This is compared to the rasied fist, which is a symbol of freedom and rebellion (in particular associated with the black panther group.

This actually forms an interesting parallel between fighting for freedom and turning to crime, both prevalent aspects of hood culture in recent years.

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A play on the phrase “If you can’t beat them, join them”, which means that if something is beyond your power then you shouldn’t try to take it down.

Meth instead flips the line to mean you should physically beat people who won’t let you join, thus pushing your way into their group.

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Nobody in the rap game is prepared to say stuff like this, as hip-hop has glorified gang violence, drug use and hood life for years. This is Lil B telling you what’s really going on, as opposed to sticking to what his hip-hop forefathers have spelled out.

With that said, Lil B does at times lapse into the old defensive method of gun ownership and confrontation. This isn’t for glorification or “just saying it to be saying it”, however.

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If you managed to escape the clutches of the game, for god’s sake don’t come back. It’s not worth it.

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The liver is one of the body’s most important organs. Without your liver you will die, hence Lil B being a “life liver.” Geddit?

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"When I turned 28 they like what you gonna do now?" (Danny Brown – 30) | accepted

This is a reference to the 27 Club, which stems from the phenomena that many famous musicians have died at the age of 27, largely due to drug overdoses or suicide. Among the “group” are classic rock musicians Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, more recently artists such as Kurt CObain and Amy Winehouse.

One of XXX’s main talking points is drugs, and it’s second track, “Die Like A Rock Star”, which also explicitly mentions Kurt Cobain, also conforms to rockstar imagery. So, his critics dismiss him for not having created a legacy and died by the age of 27, but he’s attempting to break this convention and continue to build a career in spite of his age.

@Taras98 one of the beautiful things about art is multiple interpretations.

"Who’s cooler than this, witch" (Azealia Banks – YUNG RAPUNXEL) | accepted

Possible play on her partiality of the word “bitch”, which she often explores in great detail, as if to throw the audience off with her change in style.

Could also refer to the occultist feel of the track, which has been described as “witch-hop”.

"Pollock" (Big KRIT – Bigger Picture) | accepted

*Pollock

Also could be a reference to Monopoly boards being played on squares — it’s all a game to her.

"They say life (is a gamble) / So be careful when you shak..." (Big KRIT – Life Is a Gamble) | accepted

Also a reference to Ice Cube’s positive anthem It Was a Good Day.

"By any means necesserated / Blade cut me" (Death Grips – The Fever (Aye Aye)) | accepted

Other interpretations:

  • “Necesserated” could be a jittery version of “necessitated” so that it rhymes with “grated.” This could imply he was compelled to cut himself by a lack of reasoning (“by any means”) or for the thrill of it, which is a bit Nietzschean.

  • The first line recalls the phrase “by any means necessary”, which was co-coined by Jean-Paul Satre, an existentialist thinker like Nietzsche, and Black Power leader Malcolm X, who was known for his provocative views on White America and avocation of gun ownership for defense.

"At the same time, fellatio from three twins / Those are t..." (Action Bronson – Steve Wynn) | accepted

Triplets could also be a reference to the use of three rhymes over the two lines (“Timbs”, “Wynn”, “twins”) Although technically not a poetic triplet (or “tercet”), which is a stanza of three lines, Bronson seems to be making a point of that sort.

"Cash rules / Everything around me," (Raekwon – Criminology) | accepted

This reference to C.R.E.A.M. is executed in exactly the same way as Biggie does in his song “Who Shot Ya?”, which was released a year or so before Criminology. This is interesting since on the track “Shark Niggas (Biters)” Rae and Ghost diss him, which led to a short beef.

"Ghost Rider" (Wu-Tang Clan – Triumph) | accepted

In addition, Meth puts himself into the character of Johnny Blaze in the classic music video for this song, riding a motorbike and shooting flames.