One a hustler, one a king, one a prisoner Gold by Common

In a tweet, Common states that his three favorite rappers growing up were Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, and KRS-ONE. If we look at each of their debuts, it seems that each one lines up with one of the people in the line.

  • Rakim’s debut, Paid in Full, makes him the hustler.

  • BDK’s debut, Long Live the Kane, makes him the king. BDK is also known as King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal which confirms that he is the king.

  • KRS-One’s debut, Criminal Minded, would make him the prisoner.

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Heaven? Heaven is being Pops
Heaven is spending a day with the grand children
Listening to their voices and laugh to them play
And then at the end of the day we hug, we kiss, and slowly they walk away
And then suddenly they turn and rush back to me and hug me around the knees
Yeah...thats heaven to me
Heaven Somewhere by Common (Ft. Bilal, Cee-Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lonnie Lynn, Mary J. Blige & OmarLye-Fook)

Every artist in the song up until this point has discussed mostly biblical or religious interpretations of heaven. Pops, on the other hand, believes that heaven is what he has now. He is perfectly happy just being with his family so he doesn’t care much for the idea of a biblical heaven. This contrast of a biblical heaven with a personal heaven supports the main theme of the song: Heaven exists, but it is what you make it to be. A similar idea was explored in Blu’s song, The World is…(Below the Heavens)

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No ones rich no one's poor haaahhhhuuahh haauaahhaa
People dreaming they live free
Making love while they in love haaaahhhuuahhh haahhuuahh
Won-der-ful dream wake me when you're home haa!
Haahhhaa haaaaaaiiiiahahah!
Heaven Somewhere by Common (Ft. Bilal, Cee-Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lonnie Lynn, Mary J. Blige & OmarLye-Fook)

Erykah views heaven as a place of total equality. Nobody is rich or poor in heaven, since money doesn’t matter or exist there. She also says that heaven is our true home an idea presented in 2 Corinthians 5:8:

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

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Streets of gold and pearly gates Heaven Somewhere by Common (Ft. Bilal, Cee-Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lonnie Lynn, Mary J. Blige & OmarLye-Fook)

From Revelation 21:21:

The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass

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No fear! Heaven is to me
No fear of destruction
Understanding who he is
His name is Christ!!(yeah)
Heaven, heaven is to me
Wisdom, understanding, knowledge
Heaven Somewhere by Common (Ft. Bilal, Cee-Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lonnie Lynn, Mary J. Blige & OmarLye-Fook)

From James 3:17:

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere

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All mighty love
Watching over me....
A smile........brillant.....
All over .....constantly.....
Warm .....comforting.....
Perfect...like ...no..thing
No hate..no confusion...no strain
Simply peace.... simply
Simply...simply...simply
Heaven Somewhere by Common (Ft. Bilal, Cee-Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lonnie Lynn, Mary J. Blige & OmarLye-Fook)

Jill utters some of the same sentiments that Omar did about heaven being a place of peace, in contrast to life on Earth which is chaotic and hateful

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He said now it's time for him to turn himself in
For no longer could he run
From life, from God
Heaven Somewhere by Common (Ft. Bilal, Cee-Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lonnie Lynn, Mary J. Blige & OmarLye-Fook)

From James 4:8:

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded

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I started thinkin, "Why is doin' right is so hard?" Heaven Somewhere by Common (Ft. Bilal, Cee-Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lonnie Lynn, Mary J. Blige & OmarLye-Fook)

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I hope
I remind God of him when he sees my face (yeah)
He gon see it!
Heaven Somewhere by Common (Ft. Bilal, Cee-Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lonnie Lynn, Mary J. Blige & OmarLye-Fook)

A reference to Genesis 1:27 which states:

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Also since Cee-Lo says that God will see his face, he seems to be optimistic about his chances of going to heaven.

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Just lying back making the smoke disperse away....
Deep into clouds (deep into clouds)
It's making things appear to me so clearly....
Deep in the clouds (deep in the clouds)
Just lying back making the smoke disperse away...
Deep in the clouds (deep in the clouds)
It's making things appear to me so clearly...
Deep into clouds (yeah)
Heaven Somewhere by Common (Ft. Bilal, Cee-Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lonnie Lynn, Mary J. Blige & OmarLye-Fook)

“The smoke” dispersing implies that there was a fire. Omar is saying that life in this world is chaotic like a fire, possibly hell-fire, and heaven is when the smoke from that fire goes away. Everything becomes clear and simple enough for Omar to just lie back.

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