Other nigga's rhymes are like gang signs, I throw down theirs Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Traditionally, gang signs are thrown up, but instead of regurgitating other people’s rhymes, Common’s throwing them aside like trash

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I house niggas like apartments with
Mic mechanisms
Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Common uses his microphone to “house” (slang for “dominate”, i.e. “take them to the house”) other rappers, the same way that apartments house the poor

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I want him got and I get him, auction his wack ass off, then bid him Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

When Common goes after his opponents, he doesn’t allow them any room to breathe; he “gets” (kills) them instead of allowing them to continue rapping

The references to “bid/auction” seem to be Common comparing other rappers to his slaves, who he can sell / “bid” goodbye to if he pleases

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Move crowds with kinetic wisdom
It's like a Malcolm X-orcism
Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Common has the ability to rile up a crowd to the point where they could be considered possessed by demons. As Malcolm X fought to free his comrades from oppressive societal and governmental policies, Common’s fighting to free his audience from the boring rap of the day

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The Earth got one sun but I walk with three shadows
With Allah, my supernatural bodyguard
Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Canibus, a Muslim, has God on his side, so everyone better get out the way. But why does he have three shadows? Is he running so fast that the sun can’t catch up, or is Allah the other two shadows?

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September 1st, 2013

…Talk about being over analytic. Canibus is a 5%. From the Nations of the Gods, Earth, Sun, Moon and Stars.

June 27th, 2012

Canibus is basically telling us that the sun counts as one of the shadows and his two good and bad angels counts as the other two shadows

March 4th, 2014

He is a 5% or was at that time which is different from Islam although still influenced by it.

November 8th, 2011

Maybe hes comparing himself or associating himself with the trinity; three in one.

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I'm your worst nightmare squared Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

A rapper insulting you is a fairly harmless nightmare, unless he’s cutting into your record sales. Then he’s a true horror

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I'll hit you in your chest so hard, your shoulders will touch Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

That’s pretty damned hard. No criticism here, that’s one powerful punch

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Niggas couldn't touch me if they gave me a massage Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Canibus is so far above his fellow rappers, they couldn’t touch him if they were… touching him. Wait a minute, what?

On the other hand, Canibus agreed to let Jennifer Love Hewitt touch him if she gave him a massage

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Who want to battle?
I'm bad to the bone marrow
Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Canibus' badness goes far deeper than the bone; that’s damn bad. Personally, I’d never get in a fight with someone who possesses bad-dense bones; they’d hit with malice

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StefRob
October 31st, 2013

A play on George Thorogood and the Destroyers “Bad to the Bone”

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Lyrics unravel, faster than bullets travel through barrels Making a Name for Ourselves by Common (Ft. Canibus)

Canibus spits his lines faster than the speed with which bullets come flying out the barrel

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