This is a reference to the late great Brooklyn rapper The Notorious B.I.G and his song Everyday Struggle off his album Ready to Die
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Saint Nicholas Avenue is a street in NYC which runs through Washington Heights, Harlem and Inwood.
Asap Rocky who is also on this track happens to come from there.
Saint Nicholas (Santa Clause) would be doing his work in the snow. The work that he copped was probably cocaine, which is also called snow.
Cocaine is a powder substance which is often broken into lines before being snorted.
His hoe is blowing line after line without stopping.
When writing rhymes most artists go in a line-by-line sequence.
Ralph Ellison is a novelist and a scholar. He is most known for his novel Invisible Man
One of Styles' nicknames is Ghost, he is a man but Ghosts cannot be seen, hence an invisible man.
A reference to the movie Conan the Barbarian , Conan is a fictional character in the film. He is a barbarian who sets out to avenge the destruction of his village.
At the same time this references the novel Conan the Great which was inked by Leonard Carpenter.
One-2 compares himself to both characters.
One-2 is a hybrid of
when it comes to emceeing.
This is a reference to Planet of the Apes which has been done and re-done multiple times in the world of cinema.This is the 2001 versionThis is the 2011 version
There was also a TV series and a series of comic books based around the same idea.
One-2 is saying he’s barbaric on the microphone and knows no limits, it’s primal instinct in the booth.
Much like the greatest to ever do it Muhammad Ali
Lil Pio loves to remind you he is the greatest, and the champion.
Budden treats the girls he meets/courts/fucks like they are gang members in the sense that if the girl doesn’t have a thick/nice body, he doesn’t want to see a tear drop from her eye.
His taste in woman can be summed up with
His ex-girlfriend Tahiry
And current girlfriend Kaylin Garcia
He doesn’t care about girls with no bodies, so a tear from her would be meaningless to him.
This is a very clever line because a “body” is slang for a murder, so if someone has a murder it means they have a body. The saying “caught a body” means you are/were being charged with a murder.
Within a gang, a tattoo of a teardrop signifies that you have in fact murdered someone.
If you don’t have a murder, then you should absolutely not have that tattoo, because that would be falsely representing something that is taken very seriously in gang culture
Lye is a slang term for Marijuana. He claims he rolls his weed into Bible Papers as opposed to regular rolling papers
This is also a play on the words “lye” and “lie” insinuating that the Bible isn’t true.
The “lies” are coming from these people’s perspectives.
Jesus Christ is The Son of God and The Savior, according to The Bible
John is one of Jesus' 12 apostles
Elijah is a Prophet of God who appears briefly in the Bible.
Pun is behind the scenes in his own zone. Sitting on chrome just means he has guns with him for protection.
He’s living the high life popping bottles of champagne, which to continue the rhyme he cleverly pronounced champ-agna
champaña is spanish for champagne. I believe he actually says champaña.