Now you can rock it up or sell it soft as leather interior
Drop some ice cubes in it, Deebo on perimeter"
Nosetalgia by Pusha T (Ft. Kendrick Lamar)

You can sell coke hard, in rock form, or soft, as a powder. It’s cheaper in rock form and easier to sell, plus it’s purer (the cooking process purifies the coke from any cutting agent). The powder is a “dirtier” form of the drug, as it is mixed with similar-looking and -feeling substances, but it is much more expensive, and doesn’t necessarily go as far — although the high is much longer.

In the cooking process for crack cocaine (rock form), you have to boil the powder, then let it cool. Ice cubes are used to accelerate the cooling process. National Geographic has a show, Drugs, Inc., that can shed some more light on the process.

Kendrick is also making a reference to the movie, Friday, starring rapper/actor Ice Cube and featuring a character — Deebo — as played by Tommy Lister. In the film, Friday, Deebo is the strong, aggressive and typical thug you’d expect to see on the streets of Compton. Kendrick is depicting the danger of where he is along with what he is doing. He could also be using the “Deebo on perimeter” to depict the “hard” that splashed up and circled the outside of the Pyrex while the crack is forming, after the ice cubes that were dropped in (see below). What an entendre.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Uc4SDf3aac

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I said "Daddy, one day I'mma get you right with 36 zips
1000 grams of cocaine then your name will be rich
Nosetalgia by Pusha T (Ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Referencing a kilogram, or brick, of cocaine — the standard system of measurement for coke, also equivalent to 36 ounces or “zips.” A kilo can go anywhere from $15,000 to $36,000, which could be “rich” for many — at minimum wage and full-time employment (in the United States), a worker could make $15,080 a year.

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Be a part of manslaughter, Welcome To The Show by Clear Soul Forces

In light of the preceding line, this line is ironic.
For one, driving slow — in the literal sense — is a good way to avoid being a part of manslaughter while driving: handling your vehicle carefully makes the driver less liable to be involved in an accident.
While taken contextually, careful choice of words to convey a message — “vehicular verbiage” — is the surest way to murdering the track. Manslaughter is defined as the killing of a human being that is less culpable than murder in the eyes of the law — so being a part of manslaughter isn’t even murder.

However, it is still killing a man, and it seems as though this is what J-Roc’s pointing out (even if it is laced with irony): if you’re careful and particular in your word choice, as with the last line, you’ll kill the track.

Indirectly, this reflects on rap as an art form — if the rapper’s “killing of the track” is murder/manslaughter, the track is a living thing, a creation of the artist.

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Vehicular verbiage is murder, drive slow Welcome To The Show by Clear Soul Forces

This line is dope.
“Vehicular,” here, is pertaining to “vehicle” as a medium of communication or conveying a message.
“Verbiage” is being used in a less common sense (see second definition), as a synonym of the word, diction, or word choice.

Basically, then, J-Roc’s saying that choosing the right words to convey your message is essential to killing the track. He also cautions the listener to “drive slow,” being careful and precise in word choice.

J-Roc could also be referencing Kanye West’s single off of Late Registration: “Drive Slow.” Kanye is a known perfectionist, and the slow tempo of this single reflects both the title and the caution and precision with which Kanye and his collaborators created it.

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Motherfuck the radio if I can’t hear mine
They give the wrong people more airtime than airlines
Memories (Part II) by Big Sean (Ft. John Legend)

Sean says “fuck the radio” if they don’t play his tracks.

They give the wrong people — i.e., people who haven’t earned their spot or people who aren’t “good” people/role models — more time on the air than airlines, businesses that have planes in the air literally 24/7.

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I always have faith, light will swallow the dark Memories (Part II) by Big Sean (Ft. John Legend)

Sean has faith that good will ultimately triumph over evil, or that the better things in life will beat out the bad.

This is also reflected in the Christian and Jewish faiths, which hold — according to 1 Samuel 2:9, that “[God] will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail,” (ESV) which promises the faithful that God’s goodness will triumph over evil.

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Hop in this bitch and get the same thing I'm in I Am a God by Kanye West

Yeezy’s referring to his own label, G.O.O.D. Music, which is geared entirely toward “Getting Out Our Dreams,” the direction ‘Ye wants to go.

If you’re so lucky to be able to join his label, you’ll be able to get out your dreams, just like the man, himself.

In light of the preceding line about Monopoly, this line is likely referring to Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua, Kanye’s manager back in ‘08. Joshua’s been influential in the careers of many artists including Ye, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z.

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Monop' in this bitch again, changed the climate I Am a God by Kanye West

This line is referenced in an XXL Mag exclusive, which also sheds more light on this annotation.

Referring to John Monopoly, Kanye’s former manager and current manager of label, Lawless, Inc. (King Louie’s label) , who worked with ‘Ye from 1991 to 2004, “citing an amicable split.”

This line could be mentioning how Kanye had a “change of climate” as in leaving Monopoly for new surroundings and direction, a new setting or climate. This “management-snubbing” nothing out of the norm for ‘Ye, who has been called “unmanageable” and turned down offers.

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I am a god I Am a God by Kanye West

Note that the previous song on Yeezus ended with the word “God!” repeatedly.

Anybody thinking this song is sacrilegious, look back at Malik’s tweet:

https://twitter.com/malikyusef/statuses/316387475499143168

This line finds its roots in Psalm 82:6 — “I said, ‘You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;’” (ESV)

Coincidentally (but also, this being Kanye West — ever the perfectionist, quite possibly), Psalm 82:6 is written as “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High” in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Kanye is frequently referred to with the moniker, Ye.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4I4OCgVAv8

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I swear I’ve been through everything in life but a coffin Memories (Part II) by Big Sean (Ft. John Legend)

He feels like he’s been through everything life offers, except for death.

Ironically, you’re not typically ever in a coffin during your life, unless you’re — quite unfortunately — buried alive. Going inside a coffin while still living is actually common in two Asian countries, particularly when compared to the United States:

http://youtu.be/bVX3-hHnttU

  • South Korea, for example, has “coffin academies” where you can experience your own funeral while still living. It’s intended as a tool to prevent suicide, which runs high in the country.

  • Japan, on the other hand, doesn’t give you the funeral experience, but offers the opportunity to actually live in a space with a volume comparable to a coffin in aptly-named “coffin apartments,” which can rent for an equivalent of $600 a month.

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