Other nigga from the block what, they was selling O's
Like Wheel of Fortune, of imported cocaine
Just to feel important,
Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Dealers in the ‘hood were selling ounces, “O’s”, of cocaine in an attempt to boost their own debased self-esteem

On the television game show Wheel of Fortune, you have to pay extra money to buy a vowel (like “O”)

Note also that the “wheel of fortune” which gives the game show its name is a mythological symbol for the chaotic nature of the universe, and the possibility of changing one’s station in life — making it an appropriate reference in a context where Lupe talks about the struggles of coming up out of the hood.

Even Pat can’t say jack to that

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Beware if you wanna rock the Knickerbocker Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Continuing with the “pants” motif, “knickerbockers” are a now-archaic style of baggy trousers

In addition, “Knickerbocker” has been used as a nickname for New Yorkers since Washington Irving’s 1809 History of New York was published under the fictional alias Dietrich Knickerbocker.

Basically, Lupe is warning the listener to not become engrossed by the lure of either the drug game or the mainstream music industry. And shouting out a famous New Yorker who is difficult to “Roc”.

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The stones in the pocket'll drag you down to Davy Jones' locker Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

“Stones” in this case refer to “rocks” of crack (which, if you’re caught with them in your pocket, will only “sink” you into further trouble, all the way down to the grave of sunken ships). We know Lupe is a big UGK fan, so it may bear mentioning that Pocket Full of Stones is a track on their debut album.

This line also encodes a reference to the Almighty Black P. Stone Nation, a Chicago gang associated with “Pocket Town,” a South Side neighborhood located between Oak Woods Cemetery and the Metra tracks.

And, yes, Lupe is continuing the “Sly and the Family Stone” reference.

Psst—say girl. Want to see what’s in my locker?

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February 6th, 2014

Davy Jones Locker is a location in Dead Man’s Chest, a movie released in 06.

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Don't be sly and try and put 'em on Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Don’t try to do what Lupe and his crew do (rapping, drug dealing); you aren’t cut out for it.

The “sly” does two things here — it continues the “Sly and the Family Stone” reference, and it (slyly) gestures back at the “boxer” line, making you think of Sly Stallone in Rocky.

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Like a boxer's Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

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Cause it sag so low you can see boxer Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Lupe Fiasco is taking us back to the “jeans” metaphor he spun out in the first verse, implying that his product is quality, unlike the (literally and metaphorically) “baggy” efforts of his competitors.

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February 1st, 2013

Lupe uses wordplay in this line when he states, “boxer, like a boxer’s” instead of “boxers, like a boxer”. This turns out to be a double entendre also. Boxer could mean the underwear brand.

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I'll take all the pressure off of you Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

Lupe Fiasco is a strong advocate of individualism and nonconformity. Listening to his words will help take the pressure off the hearer who is trying to be him or herself within society

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Everything I say you know it's the truth Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

As Lupe once said:

As a communicator, I’m gonna make sure that what I put out there is the truth. If I sell a million records, and it’s a lie on every single song, then I’ve sold a million lies.

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Everything I do I do for you Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

I LOVE that song!

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Brandon Jester
March 2nd, 2014

He’s speaking to his listeners and people in general. Saying that, all the effort he puts into his music is for us to combat this “game”.

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Now they all down at the beach washing off the fish
Was Blackbeard til I brought the Roc into your ships
Pressure by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jay Z)

“Blackbeard” probably refers to music pirates and those who leak his music (see Lupe’s OkayPlayer interview).

Lupe brought the “rock” into your ship — i.e.:

  1. He sank your enterprise with a well-placed cannonball, like Blackbeard the pirate.

  2. He caused you to run aground, like the huge rock on which the Exxon Valdez ran aground, spilling oil everywhere. This is meant to recall the image of oil-soaked fish in the previous line.

  3. He attacked your team like the mythical Roc, a giant bird of Arabian legend, which attacked the fleet of Sinbad.

  4. He brought the full force of Roc(-a-fella) to bear on your weak team by enlisting Jay-Z to Executive Produce his album and guest on this track.

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