Thinkin' like in the man garden it's a snake now
Cause I don't know who to believe or who to deceive
Snakes by Joey BADA$$ (Ft. T'nah Apex) 11

Sounds like an allusion to the story of adam, eve and Satan in the garden. He’s being tricked by the evils in the world(satan) and hes in the garden of eden. But also that he may be the devil himself in this situation. Also a play on words, “in the man guarding, its a snake now” as if his God was always a serpent.

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Always in the skies watchin' stars when they up
So don't you confide into the evil and corrupt
Snakes by Joey BADA$$ (Ft. T'nah Apex) 11

Play on words. The snakes are always in disguise watching the stars when they doing good. So don’t give in to them, be aware of the evil and corrupt.

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Yo son we gotta raise up, don't let them just array us
'Til we raisins in the sun
So we gotta wake up
Snakes by Joey BADA$$ (Ft. T'nah Apex) 11

He’s saying we all must raise up and not let them just put us on display until we burnt out. So we must take action.

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Malc216
November 15th, 2012

I feel like the “Raisin in the sun” line refers to Langtons Hughes poem also

terance
February 3rd, 2013
March 6th, 2013

wordplay on raisin/rays in

June 3rd, 2013

could also be “Don’t let em disarray us?”

okay
January 5th, 2014

Stop overanalyze shit, people. This is Joey himself annotating his own lyrics.

mmegjoness
April 2nd, 2014

A Raisin in the Sun is also a play written by Lorainne Hansberry which details the life of an African American family in the 50s who are conflicted with the idea that they must assimilate into “white” society, or if they can raise out of their position and be proud of their race. In the story, they decide on the latter and refuse to take a bribe from a townsman to not move into a white neighborhood, choosing to do it anyways and not let the white people shut them out of a place that is just as much their home as anyone else’s.

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I'm too caught up catching a feel when I should be cashin' a mil Snakes by Joey BADA$$ (Ft. T'nah Apex) 11

A play on words. Catching a meal/cashing a meal. Joey knows he’s gotta EAT but he’s too busy fucking.

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May 2nd, 2013

Good looks with the explanation, but why are you talking in the third person though…

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But always find my self back at the bacchanalian Snakes by Joey BADA$$ (Ft. T'nah Apex) 11

A bacchanalian is a drunken orgy party. Basically, he always finds himself back at a kickback getting laid by hella bitches.

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July 23rd, 2013

Word play on bacchanalian. This goes back to the first line where he says he feels alienated. Bacchanalian sounds like back an alien. Joey always finds himself “at the back an alien” because he doesn’t publicly put females on blast in his music. Despite his respect for females, he still fucks mad bitches, possibly causing more alienation within himself between his side that respects women and his teenage side that wants to fuck girls.

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6 months, and I'm still at it
You'll probably never hear this track but I still wrapped it
Pennyroyal by Joey BADA$$ 3

It’s been half a year since the break up, and he still misses her, and either he never planned on releasing this track, she doesn’t listen to his music, because he didn’t expect her to hear this. Also, he’s saying she’ll never hear him say that he actually wrapped it up with the other girl.

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joeking
November 13th, 2013

hear/hare rap it/rabbit joey is a genius

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Another foul ball but I'm still glad I hit it
Cause a lot of niggas didn't you know
Pennyroyal by Joey BADA$$ 3

Sexual reference, since baseball is a common scale for how far you get with a girl. Foul ball means another strike.
Strike = X

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Should've known you were a woo, like Based God in Wonton Pennyroyal by Joey BADA$$ 3

Pertaining to a “woo” as a ho. And also woo as in basedgod fucked ya bitch.

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The ones who say
You ain't hot be your biggest fan like, "Nigga, damn."
Summer Knights by Joey BADA$$ 5

Double entendre. The people that hate on you usually wanna be in your shoes or secretly like you. The ones who say you ain’t hot be your biggest fan. Like a cooling fan?

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He a child, but they treat him like a bigger man
Cause when the pen in his hand, they big 'em up like he Jigga man
Summer Knights by Joey BADA$$ 5

Despite his young age, people treat him like he’s grown because he gets compliments like he’s Jay-Z (aka Jigga Man) every time he pens a rap. Also, after the death if Notorious BIG, people started BIGging up jay as the best rapper alive.

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