They ask me where hip-hop is goin', it's Chicagoan Chi-City by Common

People wanted to know the direction Hip-Hop was going in, his response was that is was being run in a direction by Chicagoans.

Of course this was evidenced in the coming years by the influence of Chicagoan rappers and producers such as Common himself, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest, Twista, The Legendary Traxter, No I.D., and others.

For a brilliant personification and explanation of Hip-Hop’s motions, check out Yasiin Bey’s “Fear Not of Man.”

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January 5th, 2014

wordplay on Chicagoan/Chicagoin

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So many raps about rims, surprised niggas ain't become tires Chi-City by Common

Sheer brilliance:

  • He’s surprised that even after rapping about rims so much, they (and their fans) aren’t tired of it.
  • These rappers talk about rims so much, Common doesn’t understand how they haven’t simply become them. Bling and material wealth consume their thoughts.
  • This is also a play on the homophones raps and wraps. What wraps around/about a rim? A tire, of course.

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My man retired, I'mma takeover Chi-City by Common

A reference to Jay-Z, who wrote “Takeover” and at the time of his 2003 pseudo-retirement was widely considered the leader of the pack in the rap game.

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I threw my pair on the lightpole because of him
Like fuck it man
Live Again by ScHoolboy Q (Ft. CurT@!n$ & Kendrick Lamar)

Shoes on a wire in the hood means that there is a trap house near by. Because his friend hustled for shoes he (his friend) didnt have and died, Curtains started slanging his drugs.

Also, after hearing how his friend had been killed for his Jordans, he threw his on light-pole wires, questioning whether or not it was all worth it.

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Petty thoughts could keep your brain down Live Again by ScHoolboy Q (Ft. CurT@!n$ & Kendrick Lamar)

Small thoughts will prevent you from becoming smarter and wiser. Also a reference to petty crimes; constantly meditating on such deeds will keep you down.

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I had to pick his brain Live Again by ScHoolboy Q (Ft. CurT@!n$ & Kendrick Lamar)

He had to find out what his plans were.

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Pray it's not lust, cause if it is, I’d be death in a month Live Again by ScHoolboy Q (Ft. CurT@!n$ & Kendrick Lamar)

He hopes that the city actually loves him and isn’t just fascinated and lusting after him. If it is lust, then it’ll lose interest relatively quickly and kill him.

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Work on the John shot Killers by J. Cole

John Wall is a basketball player who was born in NC, J. Cole’s state.

This ties this line to the previous line. The John shot possibly refers to the actor John Wayne (who last appeared in the movie, The Shootist) or could refer to any of the countless firearm dealers that begin with the name.

They abandoned the legal shot for the lethal shot.

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Kyle Peaches
December 14th, 2011

It’s “Worked on the gun shot” because he gave up basketball (his jump shot) to be a thug and work on shooting guns (his gun shot)…

July 3rd, 2012

The lyrics say “Work on the John shot” He actually says “Work on the gun shot” I mean this is easy he is talking about being a killer.

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Real dudes move in silence, like a mute drivin' a new hybrid Writer's Block by Royce Da 5'9" (Ft. Eminem)

Exaggeration to get the point across. Mutes can’t speak and hybrid cars barely make any noise when moving in all electric mode. It’s even been proposed to pass a law that any car that can move in electric mode emit additional noise to avoid hitting blind pedestrians.

Seemingly a play on Lil Wayne’s cryptic “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna from “6 Foot 7 Foot”

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Y'all about the champagne, I'm about the toast, Writer's Block by Royce Da 5'9" (Ft. Eminem)

Other rappers just blow cash, and party. Royce is about making deals (as signified by toasting glasses) and getting money (toast = bread).
Also he could be saying y'all are like champagne just starting shit popping off at the mouth and he is about finishing it with the toast(gun). Burning that motherfucker.

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November 19th, 2012

I believe he is saying that other rappers are about partying / champagne, and he is about the “toaster” or his gun. This is reinforced in the video when he holds his hand up like a gun.

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