Let the snare knock the air right out of your lungs
And those words be the oxygen
Just breathe
Ten Thousand Hours by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Ft. Macklemore)

Using his music as an idiom: the beat (the snare drum is one of the primary parts of it) will “knock the wind out of you”. Because you now need oxygen in order to live, his words are what you need to hear.

In other words, he wants you to pay close attention to his lyrics.

(Make note that there is a deeper meaning behind this line: many people listen to the words on most songs haphazardly, just like how most people don’t think about breathing intently.)

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Make sure the soundman doesn't cockblock the drums Ten Thousand Hours by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Ft. Macklemore)

Macklemore says this to make sure that he “the soundman” doesn’t take all of the fame from the “the drums”, Ryan Lewis, who makes all the beats. Soft drums can’t knock the air out of you.

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A glacier in Jamaica Put Em Up by Lupe Fiasco

Something strange that you would never find, Lupe is like a glacier in the Jamaica of modern day rap by talking about things other than drugs, money and sex.

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September 2nd, 2013

This An analogy of thinking outside the box. Tying to the previous line

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This is the drink of the Lord, that’s according to my gospel Neon Cathedral by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Ft. Allen Stone & Macklemore)

He wants to make himself believe that drinking a lot is the right thing to do. His gospel is alcoholism, and alcohol is “the drink of the Lord”.

One justification he might be using is that wine is heavily used in symbolism in the Bible and Christianity.

Matthew 26:27-28:

And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many."

Alcohol is also used in religious ceremonies and at communions.

Also, in Catholic church services, the pastor will say “a reading to the gospel according to [whomever]” before reading the gospel.

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Style smooth as butter and slick like lubricant rubbers Suspect by Joey BADA$$ (Ft. Capital STEEZ, CJ Fly, Pro Era & T'nah Apex)

Both are smooth, and Dessy’s swag is too.

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Now as I wander through the city going mad Strange Fruition by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Casey Benjamin)

This is a reference to Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, where the protagonist, Raskolnikov, wanders through St. Petersburg “going mad”. The next line also connects to this same novel.

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It's Lupe and I ain't from there
But they root for the away
Put Em Up by Lupe Fiasco

Using the line above, “you just went home” and the football theme, his is on your field and the fans are still cheering for him when they’re the away team.

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September 26th, 2012

^he’s saying HE’S not from there so he would be the away team not the fans.

October 7th, 2012

Yeah, Lupe is saying he is the away team in this situation (because you went home) and even though he’s not from there they cheer for him because (referring to the next lines) they are stunned at how beautifully he plays

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Holding on another lover's phone sends you back into the zone Battle Scars by Guy Sebastian (Ft. Lupe Fiasco)

When you playing games with new girls you can’t help but understand what it’s like to be past all that and know real love, unconditional affection. In the next line he says there’s nothing and no one except yourself that can bring that back. “No Tom Hanks”

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July 29th, 2013

Holding on another lovers phone IS ACTUALLY “her on another lover’s phone” – like she’s already given her number to someone else and talks to them

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May 27th, 2013

Sometimes when trying to find new love, it only makes you miss your old love even more. the zone being the battle zone that was his last relationship but also “zone” as in a state of mind

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Had a Goodyear and my intention is to blimp on Put Em Up by Lupe Fiasco

The GoodYear blimp that commonly flies over football games. Lupe wants to be more recognized and he wont stop until he is

Also begins the football theme for the following bars

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Put one in the air like the king's son
For the heir to the kingdom
Put Em Up by Lupe Fiasco

The first “air” here, of course, can also be heard as “heir”

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February 13th, 2013

“The King’s son” may also refer to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was an animated speaker and was photographed multiple times with a hand up in the middle of a gesture of emphasis.

August 15th, 2013

The King might also refer to Nas, a rapper who Lupe has been compared to his entire career.
Lupe is believed by many to be the one to succeed Nas.

Benji
March 23rd, 2013

I wouldn’t be surprised if this line is a quadruple entendre. Another meaning of “Put one in the air/heir” is killing the king’s son which would allow Lupe to inherit the kingdom after the death of the king. Also, this line can mean Lupe is number one. Put #1 finger gesture in the air for the “heir” which will be Lupe when the King’s son is possibly killed.

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