Why is the industry designed to keep the artist in debt? Why? by Jadakiss 1

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I'm in the rain doing a buck 40, hydroplaning Feelin' It by Jay Z (Ft. Mecca)

If it’s raining, thug life, he’ll still go 140 mph and skid over puddles

A metaphor for how Jay lives his life (deep)

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I've got a thing for the big-body Benzes, Allure by Jay Z

Jay-Z’s professed favorite car is the big, grandmavehicular Mercedes Benz

Also dope alliteration with the phrase “big-body Benzes”

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In love with a V-Dub engine Allure by Jay Z

A “VW engine” does not necessarily refer to a Volkswagen (the official European hoopty) since the Volkswagen group also owns Audi, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Bentley

OR, Jay may be daydreaming about an uncommon, extremely powerful V-20 engine

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"Is that a May-what?" Run This Town by Jay Z (Ft. Kanye West & Rihanna)

A Maybach is a very expensive sub-brand of Mercedes that’s popular among rappers:

See Fat Joe’s verse in “Make it Rain” and also Jay-Z in “Allure”

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The new Ice Cube, motherfuckers hate to like you Renegade by Jay Z (Ft. Eminem)

This line is a play on words which alludes to the Ice Cube song “The Nigga Ya Love to Hate”

In fact Em goes one step further than Cube — it’s not so much that people enjoy hating him, they actually hate the fact that they like him so much!

As well as its meaning and contribution to the insanely complicated flow and rhyming schemes going on here, the way this is phrased allows Eminem to refer to the song while dexterously avoiding the “n word”, considered beyond the pale for a white rapper,even one as eager to shock as Eminem

(It would later turn out, during his beef with Benzino of the Source magazine, that Em wasn’t always above using the word,but that’s another story)

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Also Ice cube was often accused of being a racist towards Asians and particularly white people due to his controversial records.
Perhaps Em is trying to show him that they are both not so different and that he is the ‘Ice cube’ of his generation, speaking on things that others would not.

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I drove by the fork in the road and went straight Renegade by Jay Z (Ft. Eminem)

Jay explains this line in Decoded noting, “I love this concept: Instead of being forced into a fucked up choice where you lose either way, choose your own path. The fork in the road I was presented with was either having those pockets full of lint, of pockets full of dope. I went straight stopped selling drugs but I also didn’t accept the false choice between poverty and breaking the law. I found my own way through and with my music, I try to help others see their way through it, too.”

In his former life he had 2 choices — be poor, or deal drugs (risky!). He avoided being poor and avoided the usual consequences of dealing drugs (jail, death) by getting out early enough and becoming a successful rapper. By going straight, he “chose my own fate” and made his own path in the road.

Note the pun on the phrase “going straight” (meaning a former criminal who starts obeying the law)

To quote Yankees star Yogi Berra (and/or poet Robert Frost):

If you see a fork in the road, take it!

Also, Jay-Z pays homage to Cappadonna’s “Slang Editorial”

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Durag wrapping my waves up, pockets full of hope Renegade by Jay Z (Ft. Eminem)

He’s got a durag on his head and pockets full of drugs

“Hope” = drugs has a double meaning:

  • A drug brings hope to an addict by sating his desire

  • Selling drugs was Jay’s hope for financial independence

Nice improvement from his pockets “full of lint” at the beginning of the verse

Jay-Z in Decoded explains this line saying, “It’s when you take the hustler down a notch that you can start to relate to him, even if it’s still complicated. The pocket that was once filled with lint is now filled with "hope” — which is what the crack is to this kid. It’s contraband to the law and poisonous salvation to the crackhead, but to the hustler, it’s a way out."

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You see I order one bottle, then I fuck with one model
Then I order more bottles, now I got more models
Make It Rain (Remix) by Fat Joe (Ft. Ace Mack, Birdman, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, R. Kelly & T.I.)

R. Kelly is observing a correlation in the natural world: when he is at the club and purchases a single bottle, he usually has a single model to take home. However — as he observes — when he orders more bottles, he is able to obtain more models.

It is a logical fallacy to assume that correlation implies causation. However, in this case, we might assume that R. Kelly has an extensive sample size and is able to control for confounding variables (club quality, bottle quality, model quality, etc.) and therefore implying that the bottles are indeed leading to the models.

Note: R. Kelly does not explicitly imply that there is a linear relationship between models and bottles. In all likelihood there are decreasing returns to scale: at some point, each incremental full bottle ordered will result in less than an full additional model fornicated with.

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Baby I make it flood, now you gon' need a boat Make It Rain (Remix) by Fat Joe (Ft. Ace Mack, Birdman, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, R. Kelly & T.I.)

Playful Hurricane Katrina reference

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