DAMU Lil Wayne's Tattoos by Lil Wayne

“Damu” is a term that bloods often use. Wayne has this tatted on him to show his affiliation with the bloods.

Wayne refers to himself being a “Damu” in his song Hold Up where he says

I’m a Eastside Damu

Wayne also mentions this in his song Ice Cream

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Young desperado, straight out the grotto About All That by Lil Wayne (Ft. Birdman & Fat Joe)

The definition of desperado is:

A desperate or reckless person, esp. a criminal

So Wayne would be a young criminal.

In this line, the “grotto” would be the ghetto and/or the grind.

When you put all the pieces together, Wayne is a young criminal who is fresh from the ghetto and/or his grind (hard work).

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And nigga I'mma Stunna, I got runnas
And we keep them shotguns like hunters
Cali Dro by Birdman (Ft. Daz Dillinger, Kurupt & Lil Wayne)

Birdman’s “runnas” would refer to his goons– people who take orders from him. Since they are his goons, they are most likely going to resort to violence, hence the shotguns.

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And my bitch say I'm arrogant
Cause when she with me I feel she should cherish it
Only cause you never know when I'mma perish
Loosen My Tie by Ab-Soul

The first two lines here do make Soul sound arrogant, but in actuality, he’s being the opposite.

Your time on life has an expiry date that you are unaware of, so life should be cherished. Soulo doesn’t think that his girlfriend should cherish the time that she spends with him because he think’s he is so great, but she should cherish their time together because you could leave this earth at anytime.

Essentially: Don’t take things for granted and appreciate what you have- including your loved ones.

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Fuck with me, I will peel like the house's paint I'm Me by Lil Wayne

If someone is to “peel” that would mean that they are going to shoot you. So if you wrongfully mess with Wayne, he will peel you (shoot you) and he compares it to ageing paint on a house- which of course would be peeled.

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I dive head first in a verse and swim away
And pull a pen out and throw a grenade at your brigade
Passion by Ab-Soul (Ft. Alori Joh)

Ab-Soul compares what he does in a verse, to jumping into a pool.

Diving into a pool is fast and aggressive, so when Ab-Soul starts a verse, you know it’s going to be exactly that.

When Soul says that he swims away, he just means he drifts away- he did what he had to do in the verse now he’s done.

In the second line, the pen represents a pin frmo a grenade. When the pin from a grenade is pulled out, the grenade will detonate shortly either after impact or after the set amount of time for it to detonate is up. A brigade is a major tactical military formation that is typically composed of three to six battalions plus supporting elements. The brigade would represent other rappers.

Since the pen represents the pin from a grenade (and a grenade explodes shortly after the pin is removed) then that would mean Ab-Soul and his rhymes explode when he takes out his pen. Him throwing a grenade at a brigade refers to Soulo taking shots at other rappers, as well as showing he is more powerful and that he is their biggest threat/competitor.

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It's scarier than a whole hour of Alfred Hitchcock
I'll probably make your bottom lip drop when my shit drop
I'm in tip top condition
With a hustler's ambition
Passion by Ab-Soul (Ft. Alori Joh)

Alfred Hitchcock was a film director who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres.

So, Ab-Soul’s work ethic and skill is so outstanding, that it is scary, much like the works of Alfred Hitchcock.

Sometimes when people are frightened, their jaw drops.

Soulo’s music will have the same effect.

BUT

Soulo doesn’t just have the hard work and talent going for him (tip top condition), he also has the desire to suceed and excel like a hustler (someone who grinds hard and/or sells drugs).

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I eat MCs, find a spot inside my fridge Passion by Ab-Soul (Ft. Alori Joh)

In this line Soulo is mocking other rappers. Lines like the one he said are similar to lines he hears when he turns on the radio.

Ab-Soul feels like songs on the radio are filled with pointless punchlines and just foolish lines that add nothing to the song.

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You know me they call me Birdman Jr Hustler Musik by Lil Wayne

We all know that Wayne stunts like his daddy.

Birdman signed Wayne and mentored him ever since he was a teenager; and since Wayne lost his biological father and his stepfather, it’s natural that he started looking up to Birdman as a father figure. Hence, he is the Birdman Jr.

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Tackle and straddle a calf without impactin my breath Common Knowledge by Asher Roth

A calf is the young of domestic cattle.

I don’t think Asher means this in a literal sense.

The “calf” in this sense probably refers to a problem, or situation that is close to the serious side. For Ash, it doesn’t even phase him (“without impactin his breath”), meanwhile these problems would bother others.

A “calf” could also refer to other rappers, and tackling and straddling would simply refer to doing better than them. His breath not being impacted would simply show how was it was for Ash to be better than these other rappers.

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