You're destined to rise like the Son of Rebecca Strong Will Continue by Nas (Ft. Damian Marley)

Damian Marley, known for his spirituality, is heavy on the Biblical allusion. This one refers to several early Bible figures: specifically, Rebecca, the wife of Isaac, and her sons Esau, the patriarch of the Islamic religion, and Jacob, the father of Israel. It seems that he is specifically referring to Jacob and Israel here.

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Whether Zion or Mecca Strong Will Continue by Nas (Ft. Damian Marley)

There are several possible interpretations:

Zion is another name for Jerusalem, the famous Middle Eastern Holy City that was once the center of the world back in ancient times. It is held in such high esteem that Christians hailing from Ethiopia call Africa itself “Zion”. Zion could also mean “Heaven.” See a previous, classic Damian Marley and Nas collaboration, “Road to Zion”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ExoaDv6uTM

The city of Mecca is the ultimate goal of Muslim pilgrims.

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As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death Strong Will Continue by Nas (Ft. Damian Marley)

An overt Biblical allusion to the 23rd Psalm: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.”

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I fell on purpose to stay a freshman
I lose, but Lu attend the school for X-Men
So when I get my cap and gown and put the rapping down
I'll only know half my powers, but I spent half an hour
Superstar (Remix) by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jeezy & T.I.)

Lupe extends his ‘15 minutes of fame’ metaphor here. Lupe is saying that he left the limelight, so after he retires, he’ll be critically acclaimed but wouldn’t know how it would of felt to become truly mainstream. ‘Senior citizen having a baby shower’ refers to a kind of rebirth for Lupe because of this single

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February 17th, 2013

I “Fail” on purpose alludes to Lupe failing, or losing on purpose to stay in school to learn more, in this case, Professor Xavier’s school for extraordinary youngsters.

So once he finally graduates, which at the time this song was initially made, he had planned on making only 3 albums then retiring, I.E. graduating early (spent half an hour), hence “half my powers”

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This is Lupe's single Superstar (Remix) by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Jeezy & T.I.)

Indeed, “Superstar” is Lupe Fiasco biggest single to date, reaching all the way to the Top Ten on the Billboard charts in 2007.

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Which makes me saneless Dumb it Down by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Gemini)

Saneless = not in your right mind, or not using your head. But Lupe has already established that he has no head. Oral sex is often called “brain”. In the previous line Lupe says he’s going with foreplay-less sex, which means no brain, which means he has no sanity!

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Or foreplay-less sex is, Dumb it Down by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Gemini)

“Foreplay-less sex” = no oral sex, aka “giving head”/“giving brain”

Thus, foreplay-less sex is “headless” like the horseman.. foreplay-less sex is also terrible!!!! (but Lupe’s trying to say he “cuts to the chase”, doesn’t “beat around the bush”, etc.)

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March 26th, 2014

In the previous line he says he’s headless.. foreplay usually involves oral sex(giving head). Foreplay-less sex would mean sex without head—> Headless. Lupe is a fucking GENIUS.

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Don't snort the white horse, but toot my own horn Dumb it Down by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Gemini)

Since he’s a Muslim who follows his faith devoutly, Lupe doesn’t do drugs (“horse” is slang for powdered heroin), but he does toot his own horn (promoting himself and his records). A unicorn is a white horse with a horn. Horses often “snort” when they neigh.

Note that the reference to tooting his own horn foreshadows the tuba reference in the next verse.

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shiss27
April 13th, 2014

Toot is another word for snort like as in snorting cocaine. “don’t snort the white horse (cocaine) but toot my own horn (uincorns are horses with horns)” Basically a play on words meaning he ‘toots’ but toots with bragging.

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Picker of the fire flowers Dumb it Down by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Gemini)

Mario Bros reference:

Possibly a double entendre as a reference to marijuana. High quality weed is often referred to as “fire”, with the flower of the plant being that which one smokes.

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matt
October 9th, 2012

fire flower = poppies used to make heroin

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Writer of the white powder, Dumb it Down by Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Gemini)

Lupe’s music is addictive like cocaine. And of course cocaine and rap lyrics both come in “lines”.

We hope Lupe isn’t claiming credit for this

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