Guess mama's right, she told me not to wait to prioritize
Into my hands I will change my life
And i would fly, yeah, and now I fly
Too Long by Rochelle Jordan

Rochelle was taught individualism from her mother at young age, having goal-setting instilled in her mindset. The concept is avoiding living early adult years with no direction or no goal to move towards. Once she gained control of her whole life, she’d make it a success.

Looks like mama was right

As a result of this mindset, things like guys who couldn’t make the move younger in life get left in the dust.

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Remember all the times I’d go out of my way, just to be in love
But seeing it for what it is now
You ain’t worth it at all
Too Long by Rochelle Jordan

Love became a priority at some point in her life. She’d go out of her way just to find love. In retrospect, she views the guys she went out of her way for not to be worth that effort. The man took too long, and she’s done trying to shake him from his indecision, he lost his chance.

This is also a stance towards love in general, stating that chasing love isn’t worth the effort, rather suggesting that letting love come to you is a better course of action.

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I’m moving on
That’s why it took nothing just to write this song
Too Long by Rochelle Jordan

What’s probably an emotional experience for the man means nothing to Rochelle, feelings faded with time. Because of this, writing the song took no tugging of heart strings, evident in her tone in this song, less melodious than usual. She’s moving on, thinking nothing of it.

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See me and now you dont
Passed on the best thing you'll ever know
Thought I'd be waiting for your call?
But not at all
Too Long by Rochelle Jordan

Getting Rochelle is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, blink and you miss it. She’s also very-independent. A theme in this song is losing her reliance on love. In that, she’s not going to wait around for anyone, forcing the man to make the first move or risk losing his chance.

The guy ends up caught up in indecision, and like a blur, his opportunity is gone. Unlike other girls, she’s not going to wait on him to be ready.

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Gotta let a bitch nigga do his damn thang
Even crooked politicians get a campaign
Like That by Isaiah Rashad (Ft. Rikki Blu & Rob December)

Even fake people get their publicity, it’s unavoidable. This is in no small part due to the fact that many of them ‘sell out’, or cave in to outside pressure. In the world of rap, that’s usually label pressure.

In politics, that is something called lobbyism, in which third parties may attempt to entice or even bride officials into making decisions favoring them or the organizations they represent. These special interest groups often help fund campaigns.

Corrupt, self-serving politicians, who claim to be helping the people, may accept these bribes or commit crimes for themselves, screwing over the people who elected him. A prime example of this is former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was convicted of several counts of racketeering, wire fraud, and mail fraud after a mayorship marred with accusations of corruption and extortion.

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Gang wars used to be about the nations
Now it's cliques with clips and hittas is missing
They hit the innocent now they families miss him
WAR by Common

Gangs in Chicago are called nations. The two feuding alliances of street gangs are Folk Nation and People Nation.

Gang warfare and gangs in generally have been glorified, partially by Drill music and it’s in-your-face, flaunting nature in regard to violence.

The glorification paints the picture of a lifestyle associated with Drill music where groups within a gang look like cliques, but they don’t explain what happens when people catch one in the tummy.

In addition, this actually happens, leading to people (rap personalities, rappers themselves) carrying guns for the sake of credibility. When they’re forced to shoot, they aren’t very accurate, leading to unintended casualties, some of which may be children. Most of these people aren’t in gangs or doing anything wrong, just innocent bystanders with families who care and aren’t prepared for death. Due to this, there’s an ongoing moralistic crusade against gang violence, mainly from people looking to protect the innocent people who are the real victims.

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Young soldiers who never got to become older WAR by Common

Common describes a murder of an minor, a 13 year old thrust into gang involvement, becoming a ghetto ‘soldier’. These children are frequent casualties of gang violence and a centerpiece of the ongoing moralistic war on gang violence. These children are compared to martyrs as well as child soldiers serving for warlords in countries in Africa.

Common also references an alleged psychological correlation between the children who become ‘soldiers’ and the world they live in. The children are not able to progress in life development, and are thrust into the struggles, individualism, and responsibilities of adulthood at very young ages, this leading them to the eventual body bag as opposed to their free will and decisions. This is called determinism.

de·ter·min·ism
Diˈtərməˌnizəm/Submit
nounPHILOSOPHY
1.
the doctrine that all events, including human action, are ultimately determined by causes external to the will. Some philosophers have taken determinism to imply that individual human beings have no free will and cannot be held morally responsible for their actions.

In the end, they don’t get to become older. They just are. The progress between childhood and the adult world doesn’t exist.

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All these beautiful women follow wherever I go Nasty by Logic

One of the many perks of being rich and famous, beautiful groupies follow wherever you go. This extends beyond rap, to and position that gives global recognition.

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With a dutchie and a lighter, stay higher than frequent fliers Won't Be Today by Chris Webby (Ft. Joe Budden) 1

A dutchie is a slang term for a joint made in Dutch Master Cigar wrappers. After lighting up his dutchie, Chris gets higher than frequent fliers — regular passengers on airplanes that travel between 30,000 and 40,000 feet in the air (pretty high!).

Comparing how high you get off of drugs to the altitude of airplanes / space crafts is a pretty common hip-hop trope, as it lead to the name of Wiz Khalifa’s Flight School, as well as this old school Webby line.

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Women want physical, but never gon' listen Far by Nyck Caution (Ft. Dirty Sanchez, Kirk Knight & T'nah Apex)

Women want the physical, intimate feeling of sexual and physical relations, but won’t know what to do when Nyck has to go on tour across the country, typical rapper stuff. Because of this constant movement, a committed relationship isn’t possible, forcing him to cut her off.

She’ll see it as a hit and run, he’ll see it as life.

You were warned.

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