[Intro: Fuzzy Jones] Mercy by Kanye West (Ft. 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Pusha T) 4

As revealed in an interview with Hip-Hop Wired, Chicago legend The Twilight Tone dug up this sample of Fuzzy Jones, a legend in dancehall for his work on dubplates and in sound clashing culture.

Then we just got to talking and I just thought, ‘What could I do that would just be counter establishment? Or counter cliché, like what could I put on there.?‘ For some reason, I heard that dude [in the beginning of the track], I heard him, I had a vision. I heard that ‘Well it’s the weeping and the moaning’ and I was like ‘Oh!‘ Then it just literally, I hate to sound so like comic book or some sh-t, but literally I was like ‘Oh my God,’ like I had chills. So then, I was invited to the studio. I talked him, maybe that was Friday, or Saturday, We met up.

“The next day he invited me to the studio, and he was there and a couple of his crew, and I played the sample and everybody froze, everybody paused. Like everybody. It’s just that everybody was keyed to it. and Ye was like ‘Oh snap,‘ and he started hitting the buttons on it. The rest is, as you would say, history or our story.”

This particular intro comes from Dust A Soundboy by Super Beagle, released originally sometime between 1993 and 1998. It came out on Technique Record’s version of the Stalag 17 Riddim, which was originally produced in 1973 by Winston Riley and has heralded over 300 songs

In this case, Kanye’s rivals will be tearing their hair out and cursing themselves for not being able to compete with G.O.O.D Music, Hip-Hop’s champion sound

The good folks over at Large Up did a great write up on the Dust a Sound Boy that you can read here, and also put up one of the few photos on Mr. Jones.

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Typed his name in the system and they couldn't find his identity
Got it straight, got a place, found some serenity
Uncle Bobby & Jason Keaton by Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Javonte)

Whatever Bobby was doing before, it was off the radar. They’re no government records of any of his “work”, so he’s decided to make some. Too bad he ended up with more of the wrong ones.

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Just give us some more guns, then give us some more coke
Then give us another chair, then give us some more rope
Then hang it like right there, yeah
It's justice for all but 90 percent unfair
Care? No
Uncle Bobby & Jason Keaton by Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Javonte)

During the Ronald Reagan’s era especially, ghettos were pumped full of crack and guns by the government. The result? They’d end up either killing themselves off or getting sentenced to a literal and metaphorical death by the system. They call it justice for all, but the scales never seem even.

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Sitting on the couch, thinking about the ratio
Of blacks in prison as compact in prison
When blacks pack with minorities
System grab more of these 18 year olds
18 year sentence with no parole
The state won't oversee
They make the term severe, a conspiracy?
That's what I call it, it's full of shit
A toilet can help quick, the government help?
No, just put us on death row
Uncle Bobby & Jason Keaton by Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Javonte)

Still on the faithful couch, Kendrick starts thinking about the disparities in the system. Kanye said it best on Gorgeous:

Face it, Jerome get more time than Brandon
And at the airport they check all through my bag
And tell me that it’s random

No matter what excuses come up, Blacks often seem to get more jail time and harsher sentences than their light-skinned counterparts. Age? It doesn’t matter enough to them to shorten your sentence. As Fatman Scoop says on Saigon’s Station Identification (Intro):

All you got to do, is be slipping when the P-I-G-S come through — the Party Invite Givers (Police). When they come through if you are not paying attention, oh they’ll definitely come pick you up. As a matter of fact, the blacker you are the easier it is for you to get in! So if you are a nigger you will have no problem getting the Party Invite Givers to send your ass right off to the party (Prison).

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A Bible in my pocket I'm walkin' like it's a gun on me
So when I catch a fade they know to put more than one on me
Fear no evil, I can still see Regals pullin' up
Shock The World by Kendrick Lamar (Ft. BJ The Chicago Kid & J. Cole)

Catching a fade normally means shooting someone in the head with a bullet, but instead Kendrick’s shooting them there with knowledge and wisdom. His Bible is his weapon and he’s killing the ignorance with it. A fade is also a wide receiver route and you would put more than one cover on the man if he is repeatedly catching them.

He’s said in interviews that he’s been though a lot of Average Joe moments. Having Buick Regals pull up on him was probably one of them.

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Plus, yo my bitch make your bitch look like Precious Mercy by Kanye West (Ft. 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Pusha T) 4

Ouch. Ye’s referring to the lead character from the 2009 movie Precious. Played by Gabourey Sidibe, Precious was obese, illiterate and not easy on the eyes by society’s standards.

Big L used a similar line back in ‘94 in his song “Put It On.”

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I'm surrounded by legends, sittin at the round table
I am The Game, and still niggas tryin to play dude
No More Fun and Games by Game 1

A bit of irony for you. Game entered the game (no pun intended) and was working with legendary producers, rappers and executives. As nice of that sounds, some of them undoubtedly tried to mess with him.

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Mase comin back, and Hov, he done No More Fun and Games by Game 1

Around the time Game was working on this album, Ma$e had decided to return to rap after he’d retired as referred in the next verse. Jay-Z retired from rapping in 2003 after The Black Album, but subsequently returned in 2006.

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And three years after Mason Betha turned his mic in No More Fun and Games by Game 1

Mason Betha a.k.a Ma$e. After major success on Bad Boy Records with his debut album Harlem World, Double Up and other work, Ma$e hung up his mic in 1999. Interestingly, he had a small stint with G-Unit Records in 2005, the year The Documentary was released. He’s since returned once again.

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That was 32 weeks before they signed Rakim No More Fun and Games by Game 1

Rakim signed to Aftermath Entertainment in October of 2000, but subsequently left the label in 2003. This line doesn’t quite fit into the order of things in this verse, unless he’s referring Wanksta getting its first spin on Get Rich or Die Tryin' sometime before Rakim leaving and being signed by DreamWorks Records in the same year.

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