When I'm alone in my room sometimes I stare at the wall
And in the back of my mind I hear my conscience call
I Need Love by LL Cool J

These opening lines have become some of the most famous and oft-quoted in all of hip-hop

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In that sense, we could look at a social group like NWA as a distinct tribe Modern Tribalism and Community Organizing by SR_thePangloss 10

And, much like a tribe, they have close affiliates, multiple children, and even grandchildren

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You know I'm mad
You know I'm mad
I'm mad, I'm mad, I'm mad you know
Mad by Cassie Steele 3

This isn’t much of an exaggeration — Cassie admitted in a recent interview that she still makes a lot of impulsive decisions

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Miscreant with nowhere headed Mad by Cassie Steele 3

Cassie’s penchant for SAT words like “miscreant” has not escaped unnoticed — critics have touted her rich vocabulary

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Angry baby
Turned into a crazy child
Who got wild in her teens
Mad by Cassie Steele 3

The narrator of the song has some overlap with Cassie’s character on Degrassi: The Next Generation, who went from nice girl and loyal friend to a wild child whose attention-getting ways got her labelled the “school tramp”

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If you think that you're unworthy
Because inside your brain's disturbing
Baby come along with me
Mad by Cassie Steele 3

These lines got noticed by MTV, which called them “an invitation to anyone who’s, well, just a little bit effed up”

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Even as a boy I was the boy already
So you know that mean the pussy galore already
Days In The East by Drake

The Bond girl Pussy Galore — or at least her name and its amorous implications — has been an inspiration for rappers before

This line is also slightly similar to one made in All Me off NWTS:

I touched down in ‘86, knew I was the man by the age of 6
I even fucked the girl that used to babysit
But that was years later on some crazy shit

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No heart, no heart could really beat love for this state
(The state is not my temple)
I Watched the Temple Fall by The Shondes

This line gets at the heart of one of the primary ideas of anti-Zionism — that those in charge of Israel’s political direction intentionally conflate the religion of Judaism with the political fortunes of Israel. The declaration, “No heart could really beat love for this state” points out that a state is a (in this case, repressive) political entity, and it is not the same thing as a people who share a common religion; it is also not a thing to worship blindly

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This year a fast of witness I Watched the Temple Fall by The Shondes

This song was inspired by social justice work band members have done in Palestine with anti-occupation groups — hence the idea of “witness”

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You watched Schindler's List this morning
To create generic mourning
Where the state means salvation
I Watched the Temple Fall by The Shondes

A pointed comment about what scholar Norman Finkelstein calls “the Holocaust industry” — the politicized use of the Shoah to build unquestioning support for whatever the Israeli state does

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