Like a disastrous blizzard
So you better listen quick fast, or miss it
Welcome 2 Hell by Bad Meets Evil

His words are like a blizzard that passes fast and wipes/freezes everything in his way, so you better listen fast to understand him (or read RapGenius)

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So when the wind starts blowing, shit
Talking 'bout going in, going insane is more like it
Welcome 2 Hell by Bad Meets Evil

Many rappers, notably Lil' Wayne, use “going in” as an expression meaning “to rap really well”

Em thinks the expression is a bit silly — he would rather extend it to describe his style as “going insane”, when he gets into a creative zone (when the winds of his brainstorms start blowing)

Also note in the literal sense, that most people go inside during a storm, but in his case he’d prefer going insane. Which is also what people tend to be called if they remain out during a storm.

Note the reference to the Em’s song “Cold Wind Blows” in which he seems to go a little insane compared to his other Recovery songs

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Thunder and lightning, rain, hail, sleet
With a tornado's the kinda brainstorm I get
Welcome 2 Hell by Bad Meets Evil

A brainstorm is a term used to describe the activity of brain cells during an intense thinking process. The same process that Em' goes through to use his idiom-stretching technique.

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March 5th, 2014

Em also mentions thunders, lightnings and rain in “Cold wind blows” (second verse ) and “Underground” (chorus). You see, that kinda relation ‘cause the hell is believed to be underground. Also, by it’s idea, the chorus of “Cold wind blows” is close to the point of “There’s a switch I flip, emotions cut off” line (shutting emotions off = being cold)

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Get scant little piss-ants
And see if I don't come along and stomp your farm
Welcome 2 Hell by Bad Meets Evil

“Pissant” is a demeaning term usually used to insult and belittle someone. It basically means a small, weak person. Em uses wordplay to describe stomping on the homes of these pissants (an “ant farm” is one of those usually glassed in ant nests)

There’s a symmetry: piss-ant—>peasant—>farm

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As long as I got two balls to palm
I'll be the bomb, you're just a false alarm
Welcome 2 Hell by Bad Meets Evil

As long as Em has his balls (his courage/manliness) he’s going to be the best, while other rappers come and go. This speaks to his longevity in the music industry

Em also literally grabs his testicles a lot

To “be the bomb” means to be excellent, the best : this is contrasted with being a false alarm.

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As long as you still have feelings to hurt
I'll be around as long as you let me get to you
Welcome 2 Hell by Bad Meets Evil

As long as you’re not as emotionless as him, he can still and will go at your feelings.

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Other words I ain't put a dent in the game compared
To the damage I've yet to do
Welcome 2 Hell by Bad Meets Evil

Em has had a lot of influence on the hip-hop world, but apparently he has barely begun

This verse is in reference to the lines above:

“This ain’t even the tip of the iceberg” — The iceberg that sank The Titanic was actually a giant, much larger than what could be seen.
“Like squirting a squirt gun in the ocean” — The ocean is too massive to be affected by a squirt gun (duh).

Em is saying that the damage he’s done is comparable to squirting a squirt gun in the ocean.

Hard not to get chills from this line.

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It's like squirting a squirt gun in the ocean, fuck off Welcome 2 Hell by Bad Meets Evil

Taking “shots” at him is as meaningless as adding a tiny bit of water to a massive body of water. This is likely inspired by the idiom “a drop in the ocean”

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So cold I done froze my butt off
And this ain't even the tip of the iceberg yet
Welcome 2 Hell by Bad Meets Evil

A lot of things going on here:

First, notice his usage of two (plus one more below) very common sayings in English.

More importantly, this is a continuation of the ‘switch’ metaphor; Em becomes cold-hearted when he writes his lyrics, referencing his lack of sympathy and consideration for others.

However, there’s still a long way from his bottom up through his body to his head, which is why he annexes the idiomatic expression tip of the iceberg. This is a metaphor for the perpetual nature of his rapping: spewing out more and more great insults as the song progresses.

Furthermore, and this ain’t even the tip of the iceberg yet is Em’s warning that we haven’t yet seen seen the furthest extent of his abilities throughout his career.

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There's a switch, I flip, emotions cut off Welcome 2 Hell by Bad Meets Evil

As his lyrics-writing engine starts off, his emotions switch is turned off so that he could go fully at anybody and anything. This includes himself, as a lot of his lyrics are full of self-hatred and self-criticism.

The double entendre on flip is also noticable : flipping the switch off, flipping as in slang for getting mad, which sets off a nice oxymoron, as one cannot flip/get mad and have his emotions cut off at the same time.

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April 14th, 2014

Don’t forget that he cuts the emotions off with a switch (blade)

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