Barfly Breakdance Beach by Hail Mary Mallon

Refers to Charles Bukowski, or his autobiographical protagonist Henry Chinaski. Barfly is a 1987 movie about his life, with Mickey Rourke playing Bukowski. Bukowski was a famous drunkard, and he is universally adored by independent hip-hoppers.

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Kick it, grape lady
“I can't breathe”
Breakdance Beach by Hail Mary Mallon

Refers to a YouTube video of a woman falling while stomping grapes to make wine. “Kick it” means both the sense of “hang out” and “to stomp,” as in grapes. When grape lady falls, she moans in pain and says “I can’t breathe.”

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Gotta wait and see if the maître d'
Put the eggplant Sammy on the same receipt
Breakdance Beach by Hail Mary Mallon

A maître d' is a headwaiter. An eggplant Sammy is a vegetarian equivalent of a hamburger, where an eggplant is fried and put on a bun, usually with cheese.

This could be a metaphor of Rob wondering if he, ordering meat (the real deal) is associated with those who order vegetarian substitutes (phonies).

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Boardwalk ordering a steak and cheese Breakdance Beach by Hail Mary Mallon

On the boardwalk ordering a Philly.

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On a very slow day made his way to the sea Breakdance Beach by Hail Mary Mallon

Since he’s not moving much H or E, he takes off for someplace less stressful.

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Work all morn tryna make ends meet Breakdance Beach by Hail Mary Mallon

Selling drugs all morning to make some cash.

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By the A&P selling H and E Breakdance Beach by Hail Mary Mallon

A&P is a chain of grocery stores throughout the Northeast. The acronym stands for The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. The protagonist here is standing outside the A&P selling heroin and ecstasy.

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I'm certified fresh The Buzz Kill by Sage Francis

Common old-school hip hop boast. This is a complete contradiction from the previous two lines in which is left for dead.

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Uh, they tell me that it's not that bad
It fucks you up good, but its not that bad
Slow Down Gandhi by Sage Francis

Peers are trying to pressure Sage into giving up his ideals and ingesting in drugs/meat/GM food. He then contrasts good and bad, showing that drugs will do “good” damage. Finally, he switches the meaning of “bad” to mean cool, meaning that these drugs that are not really safe are not really all that great. See “The Buzz Kill”.

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For alarm Slow Down Gandhi by Sage Francis

“rebel without a cause|cause for alarm.” Sage’s favorite trick.

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