I wanna rule the world Matches by Mac Miller (Ft. Ab-Soul)

“Me too” — Nas

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Cuz' you know we keep it homegrown Ganja by Chris Webby (Ft. MOD SUN)

“Homegrown” is the name of the label Chris releases his music from, as well as the title to his last EP.

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Leaned back in my recliner
Front seat up at the diner
With the mozzarella sticks and chicken tenders with the spricer
Ganja by Chris Webby (Ft. MOD SUN)

Web took a trip to the diner on his first popular smoking song, and he continues the tradition here.

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This ain't no hobbie you got me
Need THC in my body
Ganja by Chris Webby (Ft. MOD SUN)

Some people claim to only smoke weed recreationally, but Mod Sun openly admits he has a dependency on the THC chemicals found in marijuana. Similar to a line his collaborator spit:

It is more than a habit, it is an addiction
Can’t imagine one day when I’m not twistin'

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Sour D gotcha Ganja by Chris Webby (Ft. MOD SUN)

Sour diesel is a popular strain of marijuana. It is the favorite of another marijuana-loving rapper, Smoke DZA.

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Smoking's a religion, we be rollin' like a Rasta
Lightin' up the motha fuckin ganja
Ganja by Chris Webby (Ft. MOD SUN)

Marijuana has religious and spiritual importance in Rastafarianism, which explains its prominence in Jamaican culture and other regions heavily populated by Rastas.

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Look, I'm posing a question
How many been empty and holding aggression?
Close to depression
Open your eyes and just focus a second
I Am Who Am (Killin' Time) by Mac Miller (Ft. Niki Randa) 1

Mac begins this song by dedicating it to those who are spiraling towards depression and suicidal thoughts. He assures them that if they really look at the world around them, they will realize that they have more to live for than it seems. This isn’t just meaningless pep talk — many bridge jumpers who survive realize that they don’t want to die before they hit the ground, and that most of their supposedly unfixable problems have solutions.

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All this pain can't even rappin’
Sometimes I feel like I wanna sing
You Deserve It by Future

Conveying emotion in hip-hop is difficult because:

  • It is a genre that favors resilient alpha males over sensitive dudes
  • And the actual delivery of rap lyrics is too quick to allow for much soul and emotion to get out

Because of this, Future often wishes that he could become an R&B singer so that he could get his emotions across. This isn’t uncommon, as other rappers that are predominately considered “spitters” have turned to singing in order to convey emotion in the past.

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I conversate with acquaintances, but it's nothing real The Star Room by Mac Miller

A common problem amongst rappers that make it big in a short period of time is having to determine which of your friends will be there for you no matter what and which ones are only there for your money. To avoid this Mac keeps himself distant from others — so while his fame allows him to interact with many people, he forms close relationships with very few of them.

Mac touches on this subject again in “Doodling In The Key Of C-Sharp” when he states:

Saw the people I know personally
See, they act a certain way because they working for me

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Queensbridge wake and up and smell the air
And stop killin' like a villain, like you don't care
The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (previously unreleased freestyle) by Nas (Ft. 6'9", Grand Wizard, Jungle & Sudan)

Sudan implores his fellow QB natives to put an end to the vicious cycle of gang violence in the Bridge. This is slightly ironic given that his friend Nas, who also hails from QB, had a song titled “I’m a Villain” where he rapped about shooting up his rivals, but at least Nas only commits violence with his pen.

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