Hehehe, and more baggies, why you all aggie? Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love) by Jay Z

Jay is implying he needs to buy more bags to hold the drugs he’s moving. Other hustlers are “aggie” (agitated) that Jigga makes more deals because they’re scared there might not be anything left for them.

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Get a couple of chicks, get 'em to try to do E
Hopefully they'll ménage before I reach my garage
Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love) by Jay Z

Jay’s talking about 2 chicks at the same time, he’s trying to convince them into taking ecstasy and having a “menage a trois” before he leaves the place and heads back home.

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Shit, I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can Empire State of Mind by Jay Z (Ft. Alicia Keys)

Jay proved this when he sang this very song before Game 2 of the 2009 World Series.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7HAMsB2FLc

One of Jay’s most famous photos is in a Yankees cap. He’s probably the reason why even people who are not fans of the team buy a hat.

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Ready to give up so I seek the old Earth
Who explained working hard may help you maintain
To learn to overcome the heartaches and pain
C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang Clan 1

At the end of his wits, Inspectah sits down to tea with his Mother and has a “Great Awakening” to the joys of the Protestant Ethic.

In Five Percent terminology, the Black Man is God and the Black Woman is Earth. Your Old Earth is Ma Dukes.

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A man with a dream with plans to make cream
Which failed; I went to jail at the age of fifteen
A young buck selling drugs and such who never had much
Trying to get a clutch at what I could not touch
C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang Clan 1

Like Raekwon in the verse before, Inspectah grew up poor and tried to make money selling drugs. Unlike Raekwon, he had bigger problems (i.e. jail) than accumulating Polo outerwear.

He was trying to get a clutch at what he could not touch (the word is left out to be implied by the rhyme).

However, “touch” is present, in echo form, in the music video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhStTIDiwA#t=114

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Yo nigga respect mine or anger the TEC-9 C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang Clan 1

If you don’t respect Rae and the Clan, he and his Intratec TEC-DC9 semi-automatic handgun are going to get real mad.

TEC 9

Notice the personification of the Tec-9; it is the gun that is angered, rather than Raekwon himself.

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Doug Pruitt
April 6th, 2014

its not anger the tec-9 its here go the tec-9

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Catching keys from across seas C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang Clan 1

Importing kilos of cocaine from abroad; he’s searching for a more lucrative enterprise.

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My life got no better, same damn 'Lo sweater C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang Clan 1

All that hard work just so he can sport the same brand he’s been wearing all along. This shows how his life isn’t improving, as he still has the same sweater he was proud of in his youth, but now he’s tired of it.

Without going as far as to call it a metaphor, Rae’s feelings towards the Polo sweater are similar to those he’s beginning to have towards the drug game.

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Pulling out Gats for fun C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang Clan 1

Guns. The name derived from the Gatling gun, one of the earliest rapid-fire weapons in the history of warfare (1861).

Ironically, its inventor, Richard Gatling, thought that the “gat” would lead to fewer deaths by combat (he also never thought that his gun would be a slang rap term, so he wasn’t too good at predictions).

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Cash rules everything around me C.R.E.A.M. C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang Clan 1

C.R.E.A.M. is an acronym for “Cash Rules Everything Around Me” and has throughout the years become well-established slang for money.

Cream can also be slang for crack, but the Clan is strictly after that cash money. (And you should too, kids!)

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