Say what up to Ty Ty, still sipping mai tais Empire State of Mind by Jay Z (Ft. Alicia Keys)

Jay has been sipping mai tais with Ty Ty (his real life best friend Tyran Smith) ever since “Dead Presidents II”.

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You should know I bleed Blue, but I ain't a Crip, though
But I got a gang of niggas walking with my clique though
Empire State of Mind by Jay Z (Ft. Alicia Keys)

Jay is not a Crip, a LA gang whose color is blue, but he is a Yankee fan, his blood is as blue just like the team logo background.

Blue blood is also an English idiom for nobility, from the Spanish phrase, “sangre azul”.

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Took it to my stash spot, 560 State Street Empire State of Mind by Jay Z (Ft. Alicia Keys)

560 State Street is in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, a relatively tranquil neighborhood near the site where Jay Z built a new arena for the Brookyln Nets

New York magazine recently interviewed longtime residents of this block to confirm that the address was in fact Jay Z’s stash spot (drug storage) when he was a dealer

He visited the place again for the Made In America Festival Documentary and took this photo from the roof.

As of January 2014, this apartment is on the market — listed at $870,000.

Peep 560 State Street on The Rap Map

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I bought my whole family whips; no Volvos Run This Town by Jay Z (Ft. Kanye West & Rihanna)

Apparently Kanye is not overly concerned with the safety of his loved ones, but he does want them to have fast, expensive cars (“whips”).

Kanye only wants the best for his family and Volvos just wont cut it

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Black cards Run This Town by Jay Z (Ft. Kanye West & Rihanna)

The American Express Black Card, reserved for the richest of the rich. You need to establish a 250K per year spending pattern over several years in order to be approved

Black card

Apparently, unlike his protege, Jay doesn’t have a preference between black card and African-American Express

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I can't only have one Lollipop (Remix) by Lil Wayne (Ft. Kanye West)

A reference to Lay’s potato chips' “Bet you can’t eat just one” ad campaign. But in this case Ye is talking about girls he wants to sleep with, not chips he wants to eat.

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February 17th, 2014

I believe the lyric is actually:

I can only have one aint I aint tryin to wait.

He is referencing his ability to only have one orgasm and he isn’t trying to hold off from having it.

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I go by them goon rules, if you can't beat 'em then you pop 'em, you can't man 'em then you mop 'em, you can't stand 'em then you drop 'em A Milli by Lil Wayne

“I go by them goon rules” means some version of “I’m willing to fight dirty”

Lil Wayne is making a joke — the 3 Goon Rules are all the same: if you can’t best someone physically, you should shoot him

This is similar to saying “The 3 rules of real estate valuation are location, location, location”

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Used Oil of Olay cause my skin gets pale Lodi Dodi by Snoop Dogg

The brand name-naming in this section is reminiscent of American Psycho; from Ovid to Snoop Dogg to Easton Ellis, the hygiene poem is a “classic”

Ovid, The Art of Love, Book I Part XIV: “Look Presentable”

Neatness pleases, a body tanned from exercise:
A well fitting and spotless toga’s good:
No stiff shoe-thongs, your buckles free of rust,
No sloppy feet for you, swimming in loose hide:
Don’t mar your neat hair with an evil haircut:
Let an expert hand trim your head and beard.
And no long nails, and make sure they’re dirt-free:
And no hairs please, sprouting from your nostrils.

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Yeah, gotta say what's up to my nigga Slick Rick Lodi Dodi by Snoop Dogg

Slick Rick — one of the most influential Golden Era rappers — was known for his stream-of-conscience-emulating “storybook” style of rap. This song is Snoop’s cover of Slick Rick’s 1985 classic with Doug E Fresh, “La Di Da Di”.

For those of you who are interested in intellectual property law, “La Di Da Di” was one of the first cases to bring up the now-established Fair Use defense of its sampling…but I digress

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I get to zoning: me and this chick on the L and then we're boning
I free my mind sometimes I hear myself moaning
Take one more toke and I leave that weed alone, man
Feelin' It by Jay Z (Ft. Mecca)

He gets high with a girl an L is a blunt/joint and they have sex he loses his inhibitions and moans out of pleasure he smokes a bit more and decides that he is high enough.
Duh muthafucka!

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Pass
March 1st, 2014

Double Entendre again: The L is the train and the spliff that both he and the chick are on…

Sean S.
April 11th, 2013

I think he’s saying that he’s high, and has a vision of him with a woman on an island having sex with her, not smoking an ‘L’ with her. He moans like he’s having sex, but then realizes that he’s not, and decides he needs to stop smoking because of the hallucination.

Alex
June 12th, 2013

The L is a train that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan. Pretty sure that’s what him and “this chick” are on.

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