Trapped within a curse that I created with my energy
A path that I rehearse, a cycle on repeat
Life is like a lion and I'm dying at its feet
Castles by Cunninlynguists (Ft. Aesop Rock & Sadistik)

Deacon is stuck in a void of drug-usage. It has taken over his life, and began to tear his life apart. This vice was created by the fame Deacon has, something that has happened many times before.

Now that this void of drugs has entered his life, he can’t stop it. The Deacon can only hope to stop himself as the pattern of uses drugs happens over and over again.

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We the last of a dying breed
Steady searching for my kind's like a dire need
Everyday I'm watching liars eat and leech
While I starve,
Dying Breed by Cunninlynguists (Ft. Thomax)

A reference to the Scarface album The Last of a Dying Breed

Deacon is a rapper who truly loves his craft and what he does. However, rappers who are truly talented and love their craft are becoming fewer and fewer. Instead, many rappers now are primarily concerned with the amount of money they can make for themselves, instead of making great music.

The Deacon is forced to see all of these sub-par emcees rise in popularity, popularity and recognition that Deacon so deserves, but has long been denied.

A Maybach and a plaque, is that all you get? Shhhit
(We struggle to juggle talent with a helluva sales pitch)

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Ain't nothing uglier, ain't nothing prettier
Than corner stores, whores, drugs galore
Exploitations core, guns and gore
In The City by Cunninlynguists (Ft. Zumbi of Zion I)

Life in a city can be both a blessing and a curse. While there are many opportunities in cities, there are many dangers as well. Many cities all around the world struggle with crime and corruption, and this poses a constant threat for all those that live in them.

However, this constant threat is what makes the city so appealing to the Deacon. This constant threat creates a sense of adventure in him, and the city wouldn’t be the same without this.

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It's hard, on the boulevard, and other clichés
The type of bullshit that I'm feeding self these days
Castles by Cunninlynguists (Ft. Aesop Rock & Sadistik)

In Hip-Hop culture, one of the most ironic and commonly used statements used is:

Life on the block is hard.

However, no matter how cliche this statement may be or come off as, it doesn’t make it any less true. Unfortunately the Deacon’s life can be summed up well by that statement, because his life is turbulent. Causing him to use the drugs he refers to so much in this verse.

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I'm still lost in a head of catacombs
Cause I build walls like I'm Edgar Allan Poe
Castles by Cunninlynguists (Ft. Aesop Rock & Sadistik)

In the famous Edgar Allan Poe story The Cask of Amontillado, a nobleman by the name of Montresor, murders his friend Fortunato by chaining him up in the catacombs under his house, and building a wall to seal him off.

Sadistik is comparing his mind to these catacombs, a dark, lonely place. No one can get close to him, or enter his walls, because he’s closed or walled off his mind.

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I'm having spirits in the dark, laying under moonlight Castles by Cunninlynguists (Ft. Aesop Rock & Sadistik)

Double Entendre

People claim that spirits talk to us best at night. They could be of people lost or gone to the Deacon, perhaps they’ve become lost to him in the void of drug usage he speaks about in this verse.

OR

This line could be taken in the context of spirits being alcoholic drinks. The Deacon is drinking these at night to relieve the ailments and stress from his life. This also ties into the theme of drug abuse in Deacon’s verse well.

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I roll another sweet, check my muted Treo Castles by Cunninlynguists (Ft. Aesop Rock & Sadistik)

A Palm Treo is a cellphone that was released around the 2008-2009 period. this line tells us two things about Deacon:

1. The fact that the Deacon, despite his status as a rapper, is using an older phone shows that he’s had other parts of his life that occupy him, such as the blunts he’s now rolling and other drugs

2. People mute their phone when they don’t want to be disturbed or communicated with. Deacon has put the drugs he uses in front of the relationships in his life, for these relationships will only distract him from his addictions.

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My eye up to the keyhole, scared to turn the knob
And go out on my own,
Castles by Cunninlynguists (Ft. Aesop Rock & Sadistik)

In many older doors, the keyhole of the door is larger than newer doors, making one able to peer through the keyhole to see through to behind the door.

The door that the Deacon has approached is his future. He’s fearful to go forth towards, it, because he’s not sure where it may lead. Everyone’s future is uncertain, there’s no way to know what will happen. The same way that one can’t see what’s behind a door. By peeking through the keyhole of the future’s door, the Deacon is trying to see what his future holds. But he’s afraid to embrace a future of his own that he can’t control.

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So I roll through the hood just to see what's poppin'
Same shit as when I was little man this shit ain't stopping
Same Change by Jon Connor (Ft. D. Wayne & Melvin Riley)

Connor grew up in Flint, Michigan, a city in close proximity to Detroit, an area that has been in turmoil since the auto industry crash in 2008.

This turmoil felt in this area as a whole reflects the environment Connor experienced in the neighborhood for his whole life. People are without options, nowhere to work, and no chance for growth or improvement. His neighborhood predated the turmoil in this area, and now it is felt all around him even more.

Check this RG user’s lyrics about Detroit and its surrounding areas out, paints a good picture of the cities.

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I won’t be here for much longer
So while I’m here just cheer me on and
Sing
God Complex by YC The Cynic 1

The last Biblical comparison YC makes about himself in God Complex.

After the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, he spent forty days on Earth before returning to Heaven. During this time, he healed, saved, loved, and preached to thousands. All the while a large, adoring crowd followed Jesus wherever he went.

Now, put into the context of this verse being about his music. We can see that YC feels that he won’t be in his position as a rapper for much longer, for he fits what he feels society wants to get rid of. So it is important to enjoy his craft now, while we can.

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