R Kelly’s standard progression with the ladies — club, car, home…and it’s a big fancy home with gates
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Compare his flow to Moses:
Although in this case, a “sea” might be young urban women’s legs. Perhaps these young women suffer from “C.Y. Phillys.”
Yes, I make a lot of my money via rap, but I also sell drugs (cooking in the kitchen is always about preparing drugs for sale)
Straight up wordplay simile — a bra hook sits on a woman’s back
Gumbo is a traditional New Orleans dish of soup over rice. Gangsta gumbo is a New Orleans style of thuggery which Wayne inflicts upon out-of-towners
The song “Carter II” is a little more than halfway through the album Tha Carter II, so Wayne’s impressed that the listener has gotten to this point
This intro is also in the spirit of its sister songs, Fly In and Fly Out, setting the listener into a certain moment and location related to where they are in the album
“Ball” means spend a lot of money, but this is also a play on bawling, or crying
“Ball till we fall” is also an expression, to “shop till you drop,” the thug way.
I.e., Tha Carter 3
For Lil Wayne, when SportsCenter is on, he stops everything and tunes in. But everyone else just watches Lil Wayne because he’s so compelling.
“When SportsCenter poppin'” is also a reference to when SportsCenter would play T.I.’s big hit, “Big Shit Poppin'” during the time Lil Wayne was recording this album (2007).