Throughout the boundless universes Rhinestone Cowboy by Madvillain

According to theoretical physics, the universe is limitless

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Raw lyrics-he smells 'em like a hunch
The same intuition that tells him "spike the punch"
Rhinestone Cowboy by Madvillain

His rapping comes from the same anti-social tendencies that tell him to spike the punch at a (presumably alcohol-free) party.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMiPjnNF7Dc

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You heard it on the radio - tape it
Play it in your stereo your crew'll go apeshit
Rhinestone Cowboy by Madvillain

He seems to be fond of times past, when people still taped music off the radio to play in their boomboxes, and used terms like apeshit

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Villain - his smile stuns ya chick
While he put himself in your shoes run ya kicks
Rhinestone Cowboy by Madvillain

DOOM literalizes a metaphor — “putting himself in your shoes” means he’s trying to take your perspective on things, see things from your angle — but in this case he’s literally putting himself in your shoes, and running off with your woman.

In New York City “run that” means give it up, as in a robbery. “Run ya kicks” means give up your kicks, or sneakers. Doom is putting himself in your shoes by force.

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You might as well not ask him for no free shit, capiche? Rhinestone Cowboy by Madvillain

It appears that he is a stingy businessman.

“Capiche” means “understand”. The correct spelling in Italian is capisce, from the verb capire (“to understand”). This particular form means “you understand” (formal), and of course it would be used in a question: Capisce? — “Do you understand?”

Also this directly contradicts him giving away dubs for free to his friends as mentioned in the first verse. This sort of contradiction keeps the listener guessing and is typical of DOOM.

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Quiche Rhinestone Cowboy by Madvillain

Money — Yet another food/money metaphor in a rap song — perhaps this originates from the fact that many rappers come from poor backgrounds and needed to make money primarily to feed themselves

And he’s not insecure

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Used to wear flip flops, now rare gear coppers Rhinestone Cowboy by Madvillain

Rapper’s used to wear relaxed clothing and weren’t concerned about their appearance, now they seek out rare expensive clothing and are into fashion

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April 29th, 2013

Besides the fact they didn’t care before, they also couldn’t afford it now that they can “cop rare gear” (buy that expensive rare Louis V that Doom likes a lot)

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Pop full of beer Rhinestone Cowboy by Madvillain

They came back even more focused, replacing alcoholic beverages with soda

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December 25th, 2013

The current annotation implies that they replaced beer with soda, when it’s clearly the other way around. Regardless, this line goes beyond the literal mixing of pop/soda and alcohol.

“Pop full of beer” means that, in the year after the tracks leaked, Madvillain tightened up the leaked songs, making them sharper (“come back with thumb tacks”) and also more developed, mature, and grown up. In other words, the pop they used to drink is now spiked with beer because they’re no longer “kidding” around… ha. ha.

It’s more of a stretch, but you could also interpret “Pop” as a reference to a father, in which case the line could mean that dad’s been drinking and is likely to turn violent or go off on someone. This could imply that the new tracks are out for vengeance and not to be fucked with.

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Hip hop sharecroppers Rhinestone Cowboy by Madvillain

Sharecropping is the practice of loaning farmland to someone and splitting the profits made off the product. Madlib makes the beat, gives it to Doom to rhyme over, and they split the profits of the album

The line has racial connotations as well — sharecroppers were predominantly black, and the arrangement was almost always exploitative, as black farmers would work the land and then give almost all the proceeds to absentee white landlords. The line is a possible shot at the music industry

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Andrew Edman
July 18th, 2013

Sharecroping in this sense is used to imply that big labels give artists loans for their album and then they take the profits off the album + loan repayment. It is essentially the exact same practice except with beats instead of beets.

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Stopped for a year
Come back with thumb tacks,
Rhinestone Cowboy by Madvillain

The leaking caused them to put the album on hold for a year but they came back sharp

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