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Gates Avenue cuts right through Clinton Hill — Biggies teenage home — a big drug street in the 80’s. He was snatching plates from either dealers or yuppies that came into the hood to buy drugs.
Common is normally known for being respectful towards women, but if they say they like Cube, even that’s unforgivable.
Jay always sports the nicest and most studded timepieces (so much so that some are hidden behind the rocks)
Cole reveals here that the friend he was quoting in the first verse is his friend Marcus. He forgives him for the things he says.
It could be from the song Visionz Of Home that came out before this where he says “Heard you saying shit about me I hope the shit isn’t true
Man look at the shit I came from, this narrow point of view
How you hatin’ on a nigga that wanted it more than you?
I ran through them spots with you and fucked the same bitches too
And just because I ride with you, I scrap with them niggas too
Came back for them niggas too, ain’t no trappin nigga, it’s true”
J. Cole’s mother battle cocaine addiction, so the idiom “high and dry” takes on more of a literal meaning here.
Drake has been criticized for coming off like he was raised in a rough neighborhood when in reality Drake grew up in a nice Toronto suburb.
His song “Started From The Bottom” really upset some listeners, claiming that Drake doesn’t have any idea of what it really is to be at the bottom…
Either way, Drake claims here that he isn’t a “hood” rapper but can teach you how to get big in the streets.
Drake’s got a whole fleet of cars on his keychain.
How many of you other rappers are down in Miami courtside Lebron, D-Wade, and the human raptor known as Chris Bosh?
by “fleets on your keychains” he means he owns yatchs while most people just own cars at best.
If these women aren’t trusted by Drake’s homies, then he’s giving them the deuces.
You gotta be willing to go between Drake and his rapper friends, girl. In “Show Me a Good Time,” Drake talks about how him and Weezy share girls, a common theme within rap teams.
Drake is worrying about whether this girl misses what they had. After hearing the following line about learning her lesson, it was probably a one night stand.
It’s a line like that this where some rap listeners would call Drake.