Girls in a league of their own like Geena Davis Keep Shining by Shad

Here, Shad refers to the Geena Davis-driven baseball film In A League of Their Own, which also costarred Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell, and Madonna

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But I ain't playing checkers my nigga I'm playing chess AaaHH!!! Real Monsters by XV (Ft. B.o.B & ScHoolboy Q)

This line ties into the last. Checkers, a simple game, is being compared to selling out. Chess, a more complex game, is being compared to hardwork, which takes skill, planning, and time. B.o.B is playing chess in this rap game (staying true to oneself), not checkers (selling out).

The line is also a reference to the vast hip-hop collective founded by B.o.B’s friend and labelmate Lupe Fiasco, “All City Chess Club”, of which B.o.B himself is a member. B.o.B had used a similar line in the All City Chess Club song “We Beamin'”

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Living this life
You can't tell me nothing,
Illuminate by Ab-Soul (Ft. Kendrick Lamar) 3

A reference to Kanye’s sleeper hit from “Graduation”, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and to “Good Life.”

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Black on black tint like Kinta Kunta, Illuminate by Ab-Soul (Ft. Kendrick Lamar) 3

He’s saying the tint is as dark as Kinta Kunta better known as Kunta Kinte from the show “Roots”

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Use to punch the clock in jail Officer Down by Lloyd Banks

Rick Ross used to be a parole officer, a topic that was particularly fodder for much comedic material from G-Unit members

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Targeted by who? America Dontgetit by Lil Wayne

“Land of the free, home of the slave…”

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Is I;ll put you in a box if Im P.O.’d Burn by Honors English

“put you in a box” i.e. put you in a coffin if im Pissed Off, in the same way packages are put into boxes at the Post Office. Amazing wordplay

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Pleasing to the critics, but pointless is the common passerby Always Shine by Robert Glasper (Ft. Bilal & Lupe Fiasco) 1

Lupe is critiquing his current status in the rap game: His work has earned him critical acclaim but hasn’t quite translated to mainstream popularity to where he’s an instantly recognizable celebrity

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All of that gun clapping? I've got forty keys, in the back of the back-end
I've got a bad bitch;
Pure by Dosage

Here Dosage begins to mock the common, cliche topics of mainstream Hip Hop: violence, drugs, and misogyny

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And looking for love lost cause I feel so alone
Therefore I drown myself in songs in my home
Pure by Dosage

Dosage illustrates a common story that almost anyone can relate to: Music serving as the cure for a broken heart

Canada favorite Aubrey “Drake” Graham, for example, took this to its fullest extreme with his popular song “Marvins Room”

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