Another subliminal shot at Jay’s two main enemies at the time: Nas and Mase. He disses Mase on the previous song and he makes references to his tryst with Carmen Bryant in the second verse.
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“one in the back left yo faggot ass face down”
Referencing the Quad City shooting that left Tupac in a wheelchair.
“let me holla at you bout that Baltimore shit”
the original intention was to diss Tupac and he’s referring to the time he spent at the Baltimore School of Arts, hence the “hid your skirt” line.
Ja Rule, trying to prove his street cred, had boasted ties with not only the Supreme Team but with Suge Knight. Even though he’s known for wearing colors just to match
Example A, B , C, D, E he tried to emphasize his Blood ties on his album covers, A, B, C, D to show affiliation with Suge Knight and Death Row. Crenshaw is a popular hood hangout in LA but frequented by Bloods and Pirus the most.
Another nod to Biggie from “Going Back to Cali”
A flip on the famous lines from “What’s Beef?”
Refers to the multiple times Irv Gotti got pushed back or separated from real talent at Def Jam, including losing contact with Jay-Z and DMX) and the failed merger with Ill Will records.
This is DO Cannons last recorded and published verse, he was gunned down later in the year and his murder coincided with a G-Unit affiliate being murdered too.
Ja Rule only had beef with 50 Cent until Dr. Dre signed off on Eminem signing 50 Cent and he publicly waged war on the entire Aftermath Label.
A nod to Ludacris' verse on the first Bia Bia:
“Yo' girl mad cause she told me don’t even bring the thang
And then I told her — I said it’s cool, get at me
And then my voice got raaaassspy”