Visions in his head of one he seen his little brother got
Feelin' like he could go and die in this very spot
Life Round Here by Rockie Fresh

The “Youngin'” from the first line recalls how his brother had a similar story to him. When both felt like they were in trouble they turned to a gun for protection. A fate that is all to common in Rockie’s city, Chicago.

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Then the life I wanna live may never come
And every chance I had is done until I'm at square one
Life Round Here by Rockie Fresh

Connects to the line before; If he lets the negativity of those around him control his life he wont be able to take his own path to success.

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All I need is one chance to make it out this shit
I know that all this drama can't be really in the script
Life Round Here by Rockie Fresh

It’s too easy to get caught up in the drama of things. Rockie see’s his life differently; as he’s trying to make moves. So he ignores the irrelevant drama around him because he knows that it isn’t conducive to his success.

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My thoughts are like some vodka man I gotta keep em' bottled in Andromeda by The P.a.K (Ft. Ginger-Vitus & Luke Flywalker) 1

His mind is filled with dangerous but potent thoughts, like the effect alcohol has on its drinker. With this in mind, he knows he shouldn’t say everything that is on his mind.

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I got persistence, you get it, strictly business Andromeda by The P.a.K (Ft. Ginger-Vitus & Luke Flywalker) 1

Referencing persistence, which in my opinion is the most important skill for a musician or businessman to have. “You get it” is a double entendre.

  • The listener knows that persistence is important (because they’re listening to me obvo)

  • Also referencing that everybody has to get their money.

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You don’t make no real music, I don’t expect if you signed Fresh Veggies by Casey Veggies & Rockie Fresh (Ft. Casey Veggies & Rockie Fresh)

Casey knows that rappers will get into the game by making their music mainstream, and conforming to what is common-place. He’s avoiding that route, and choosing to be creative.

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[Produced by Diamond & Q-Tip] K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Stupid) by Diamond

Diamond had this to say about K.I.S.S to Unkut:

Q-Tip gave me the bassline and I just added everything else. What’s interesting about that track is that, by coincidence, Premier used it for “DWYCK.” But if you listen closely, it’s the same bassline but in a different time sequence.

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[Produced by Large Professor] Freestyle (Yo, That's That Shit) by Diamond

Diamond talked to Unkut about this record:

Large Professor

gave me the record, I said, “Yo, lemme hold it, I’ll give it back to you” and I gave it back to him. It’s one of my favorite songs on the album. I always went in the studio with a basic idea of what I was going to do – at least musically.

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[Produced by 45 King] Check One, Two by Diamond

Diamond had a story to tell Unkut about Check One, Two:

45 King, good friend of mine, he gave me the record. I met The 45 King in 1989 at an Ultimate Force show, we were on the same bill as Queen Latifah. He was doing a DJ set and he played an old breakbeat by Melvin Sparks that only a b-boy would even know, so when I heard that shit I’m saying to myself, “Yo! Who the fuck is in here playing this shit?” This is an original Bronx park break! So I make my way over there and I’m like, “Yo! I feel you.” That’s how we met, at Hunter College in Manhattan. It was Slick Rick, Queen Latifah and the Ultimate Force.

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[Produced by Jazzy Jay & Diamond] I Went For Mine by Diamond

Diamond gave praise to Unkut about Jazzy J’s work on I Went For Mine:

That was Jazzy Jay, my mentor. Jazzy Jay saved my life, on everything I love. When I met Jay I was already a DJ, but I was outside on the streets, fucking up, doing stupid shit. When I got around him it made me want to straighten up. Jazzy Jay put that together. I think I added the drums and Jay added the basic loops. A lot of people were unfamiliar with where that sample came from, so when they heard it [the flute part], they were like, “Oh shit!”

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