Nike Nike Nike Nike Nike Nike Nike Nike Nikes Nikes On My Feet by Mac Miller

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I ain't the type of brother made for you to start testing The Message by Nas

Also sampled from N.Y. State of Mind.

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I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death The Message by Nas

Sampled from “N.Y. State of Mind.

Nas is so nice that while other rappers sample other rappers Nas samples himself.

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January 4th, 2014

In the Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare refers to sleep as the cousin of death.. This is where Nas got this line from.

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In suits at common law The U.S. Constitution (Bill Of Rights) by United States Congress (Ft. James Madison & Thomas Jefferson)

Lawsuits, not suit suits.

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And it's still about the Benjamins
Big faced hundreds and whatever other synonyms
Breathe In Breathe Out by Kanye West (Ft. Ludacris)

Yeezy’s saying basically that a lot of rappers only rap about money (in all of it’s forms) and he never thought of himself as that type of rapper. (although now it seems that’s where he’s ended up.)
Also a reference to Puff Daddy and the Family’s “It’s All About the Benjamins”.

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You can’t have my heart the doctor told me I’d be dead without it Do It All by Drake

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[Verse 3]
Man I promise, I'm so self conscious
That's why you always see me with at least one of my watches
Rollies and Pasha's done drove me crazy
I can't even pronounce nothing, pass that versace!
Then I spent 400 bucks on this
Just to be like nigga you ain't up on this!
And I refuse go to the grocery store
Without some ones thats clean and a shirt with a team
It seems we living the american dream
But the people highest up got the lowest self esteem
The prettiest people do the ugliest things
For the road to riches and diamond rings
We shine because they hate us, floss cause they degrade us
We trying to buy back our 40 acres
And for that paper, look how low we a'stoop
Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coope
Self Conscious (A.K.A. Yeah) by Kanye West

This verse was also later used in All Falls Down.

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[Verse 2]
Man I promise, she's so self conscious
She has no idea what she's doing in college
That major that she majored in don't make no money
But she won't drop out, her parents will look at her funny
Now, tell me that ain't insecurrre
The concept of school seems so securrre
Sophmore three yearrrs ain't picked a careerrr
She like fuck it, I'll just stay down herre and do hair
Cause that's enough money to buy her a few pairs of new Airs
Cause her baby daddy don't really care
She's so precious with the peer pressure
Couldn't afford a car so she named her daughter Alexis
She had hair so long that it looked like weave
Then she cut it all off now she look like Eve
And she be dealing with some issues that you can't believe
Single black female addicted to retail and
Self Conscious (A.K.A. Yeah) by Kanye West

This verse was later used in All Falls Down.

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It's so Hi-Tek and it's all so simple City Playgrounds by Reflection Eternal

While Kweli is explaining how high tech life has become, he is also making a shout-out using a play on words to the other half of Reflection Eternal, DJ Hi-Tek.

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I guess, this is my dissertation
Homie this shit is basic, welcome to Graduation
Good Morning by Kanye West

Continuing with the college-related themes of his first two albums, Kanye declares that his album Graduation is his dissertation to finally graduate to world-wide star status.

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