I'll turn your ass into the artist formerly known as
You gay ass fag, I'll blow you to ashes with tactics
Strip you naked, then make you hug a cactus, you bastard
Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Canibus uses homoeroticism metaphorically to show how much he’s going to humiliate and make you suffer. He’s going to destroy your ass, get you nude and make you hug things.

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My face don't belong in The Source
It belongs on the Shroud of Turin
Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Canibus' ego is out of control here, claiming to be the true savior of mankind. Screw a magazine which scores underground MCs record deals, Canibus is Jesus. (Prevailing scholarly consensus, by the way, is that the Shroud is a fraud)

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I be the all seeing lyrical, hammerhead shark peripheral
With three-hundred sixty degree visual
Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

The eyes of a hammerhead shark are positioned so that the shark can see everything at once. Like the shark, Canibus sees everything that weak MCs are doing

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Yo, the Canibus is a animal with a mechanical mandible
Coming to damage you, spitting understandable slang at you
Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

While not meaning more than it says, Canibus' flow in this segment of the verse is unstoppable. Notice his use of multi-syllablism and internal rhyming combined

“Yo, the Canibus is a animal with a mechanical mandible
Coming to damage you, spitting understandable slang at you”

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I make my living off of singles like Latifah Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

A pioneer for women in the hip-hop industry, Queen Latifah starred in the sitcom Living Single, which aired for five seasons from 1993 to 1998. In addition, Queen Latifah released her 14th single the year One Day It’ll All Make Sense dropped

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Far more advanced than a rapper whose career
You could only take a glance
Couldn't make the transition from B-boy to C-note stance
Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Common’s way beyond all those wannabe rappers who can’t make the big dollars. Clearly, progressing through the alphabet makes you wealthier. Com, for example, has successfully moved from breakdancing to having hundred dollar bills. Next stop: DBA

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Fuck hip-hop jingles, rhyming big words and not saying shit
The clique that you came in with accent your flavor with
Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Common’s tired of commercial rap, which he finds to be a pretentious sell-out. Rappers should stay true to where they’re from, and use their experiences and surroundings to make their music better

“Rhyming big words and not saying shit” is kind of ironic doing a track with Canibus.

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I write twice and drop singles in record pools Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

If this is so, it’s truly impressive: Common writes two hits, then throws one away because he doesn’t need the credibility. Maybe he should have saved those singles for Electric Circus.

The reference to record pools is telling—even after doing a Gap commercial, Common is still more popular among DJs and other cognoscenti than he is with mainstream audiences

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Niggas I'm dunking like when cops mingle Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Common slams other MC’s like cops slam donuts. Into their coffee. Huh, someone should make a restaurant chain with a name similar to that

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On knots, I landed Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Knot’s Landing was a soap opera that aired on CBS from 1979 to 1993. Why this is relevant, I’m not sure

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August 17th, 2013

To land a knot is to throw a punch.NY rappers have used the term frequently as in to “fly a knot” “catch a speed knot”

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