Tryin to slightly change it around and serve it up again — LAME
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Biting is copying or stealing from someone else, whether it be rhymes, clothes, dance moves, cover art (as we’ll hear later) — whatever.
Biting used to be inexcusable in Hip Hop — even worse than just being wack. But somewhere along the way it became acceptable, the norm. This is Rae and Ghost’s attempt to redress the balance.
“Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun” ( these are the 4 principles of the zulu nation) is in reference to Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown’s 1984 hit:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thsy5_Y2tZ8
KRS-One promotes these subjects, as well as artists like Afrika Bambaataa and James Brown who do the same thing. (See above)
Smoke a blunt
DJ Premier’s production and Rakim’s bars make this a truly classic track.
Referencing MOP’s classic street anthem “How About Some Hardcore” (1994)
“Struggle” is another term for jihad, in the sense of striving in the way of God. To “cuddle under half-moon crest” is to seek solace under Islam.