And not set off these Sixteen by Rick Ross (Ft. Andre 3000)

The fame hits him, (through out the verse he is telling a story through his time before fame), thats why there is so much “before…before…before” in the earlier lines. In the previous line Andre is reminiscing about the times when these things did not happen. He tries not to set off people because they will try to ruin him. That’s the price of his then newly found fame.

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While I'm jelly beans descending
Into the palm of a child, looks up at mama and smile
With such a devilish grin, like "where the hell have you been"
Sixteen by Rick Ross (Ft. Andre 3000)

The legendary triple entendre:

  • The mother looks in the kids hand and sees crack cocaine and tells the kid where the hell have you been…connecting to the next line that says “selling is a sin” meaning kids aren’t suppose to be hustling at that young of an age.

  • Andre’s message goes through his music and into the ears of a child as easily as jellybeans into their palm. Hearing his message is much better for your health than a sugar filled treat though.

  • He is drawing comparisons to his current career which constitutes very few features and appearances and a child receiving jellybeans as a treat. As Hip Hop fans, we are only being allowed small sweet portions of what 3 Stacks has to offer. When he does eventually surface the questions is always “where they hell have you been”. & their sweet taste always leaves us wanting more.

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I feel right at home, Sixteen by Rick Ross (Ft. Andre 3000)

He feels like he’s right at home with his back against the wall and the odds stacked against him.

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Because the odds have always been stacked against me when back's against the wall Sixteen by Rick Ross (Ft. Andre 3000)

A double entendre.
It’s a play on his name .. Andre 3 Stacks. 3 is an odd number, plus he is saying that he fought his way out of adversity.

The Greek Gods cant mess with him now. He has proven his ability to persevere.

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What they believe Chaining Day by J. Cole

He says he has to maintain his image and sometimes go out of his way to look like the main image of a rapper with the clothes and the chains.

The previous lines are what they told a nigga not to do and Cole should save the money on something more important like a house.

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If there's a God, I don't know if he listening or what Criminal by The Roots (Ft. Saigon & Truck North)

he’s saying here that life is tough and he does not know if god is by his side and listening to his prayers.

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