Yo "I'm Still #1" but I gotta say peace to KRS A Freestyle Song by KRS-ONE (Ft. Common)

Double Entendre

First, Com references BDP’s track entitled “I’m still #1”.

Second, Com refers to himself as #1, but acknowledges KRS. Note how he plays on KRS-ONE’s title.

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The microphone I palm, like it was a Sunday A Freestyle Song by KRS-ONE (Ft. Common)

Com is known for clutchin' the mic.

Here he plays on the word “palm.” ‘Palm Sunday’ is a Christian observance that commemorates Jesus' prophesied entry into Jerusalem.

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Chicago hip-hop Sway in the Morning Freestyle Pt. 1 by Common

Chicago hip hop, which gained relevance in the early 90s, is now a powerhouse city, for producing many legends and being home to a thriving underground scene.

Chicago hip hop does not have a distinct sound, but is known for its diverse gangsta, alt, conscious, and trap community.

Common, with the help of fellow producer No I.D., was the first artist to bring attention to the Chi hip hop scene in 1992, but Chicago was still overshadowed by the West Coast and East Coast scenes.

Following the success of Common Sense, artists such as Twista, Crucial Conflict, and Do or Die garnered attention.
In the 2000’s alternative artists Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West rose to fame. Today, Chicago’s diverse culture lives on in artists such as Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Chief Keef.

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Capone, put powerful "White Boy Ricky" cream Motown 25 by Elzhi (Ft. Royce Da 5'9")

Al Capone refers to the notorious American gangster and leader of the Chicago Outfit mob.

White Boy Rick was an infamous drug dealer/informant in Detroit who was used by the authorities since he was a minor until he turned on them. He is now imprisoned.

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Four Hands Up by Elzhi

Refers to .44 caliber gun

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My youths unfolding before me Orange Soda by Vic Mensa 4

Using the line that follows this one as context, he means he sees himself growing up and maturing.

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Brew is my escapism, when I'm bubbly I just kick it Sum Shit I Wrote by Common

He relieves stress by drinking a few beers, or “brew.” When he’s bubbly, after just a couple of drinks, he just relaxes.

This has the opposite effect that malt liquor (40 oz.) had on him, which he says caused him to be aggressive.

“ Had to halt with the malt liquor
Cause off the malt liquor I fought niggas
"

Watch it with the drinks, Com.

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Peep the grammar, slim built, strong stamina Affirmative Action II by AZ (Ft. Cormega, Foxy Brown & Nas)

AZ is pointing out the finesse of his rhymes and of every single verse (peep the grammar) by claiming that ever verse he spits may seem quick or small (slim built), but it doesn’t matter because he packs such a huge message and so much artistry into everything that he spits that every one of those verses last a lifetime and be remembered in time (strong stamina).

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Keeps the iron, where the head rest Deadly Melody by Wu-Tang Clan (Ft. Streetlife)

Iron= gun

He keeps a gun under his pillow… or does he keep a pillow under his gun?

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Cremate
The whole Babylon
Impossible by Wu-Tang Clan (Ft. Tekitha)

Babylon was an ancient nation that controlled most of the ancient Near East and Mesopotamian region. At one time, it was the dominant world power.

In today’s context and how U-God is using it, “Babylon” refers to the U.S. Today the U.S. is arguably the dominant world power.

Since “cremate” is connected to death or an end, U-God would be encouraging the end corrupt system of the American government.

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