Hey pal, sit in a ditch, trip where you trip
Squeeze the five -- need a ride? Give you a lift
9 Minute Freestyle by J.R. Writer

Writer’s gun will literally lift you up in the air when he shoots you

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So I'mma dog my deal, give it the scorch you feel
And be on billboards til a cat bored with bills
9 Minute Freestyle by J.R. Writer

This “billboards”/“bored with bills” wordplay is a poetic device called epanodos, the “repetition of a group of words in reverse order”. Adam Bradley’s book provides an old-school example from this old DMC freestyle:

I’m DMC in the place to be
And the place to be is with DMC

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Come into the darkness, past is light
Death meaning life as the pharaohs take flight
Grand Verbalizer, What Time is It? by X-Clan

J continues X-Clan’s Egyptian motifs by comparing his present-day crew to the rulers of that civilization, the pharaohs

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Bring your weapons to my sword and shield
What's the higher level if your shit ain't real!
Grand Verbalizer, What Time is It? by X-Clan

The devil’s weapons — legal, intellectual, or actual, are bound to be defeated by the righteous movement of J and company

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And speak of a house that's from the sand to the sky
And devils ever-doubting, want to measure how high
Your logic reveals you, your mind can't catch it
Dimensions of a God goes far beyond brackets
Grand Verbalizer, What Time is It? by X-Clan

J notes that whites (the “devils” here) doubt the truth and logic of his black nationalist and Afrocentric outlook, but that these are ways of thinking that the oppressor simply can’t understand

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[Verse 1] Girls L.G.B.N.A.F. by Ice-T

The sparse beat of this song had a direct antecedent. Ice explains in Brian Coleman’s book:

I came up with the concept [for the song] and [Audio Two’s] “Top Billin'” was a big record at the time, so Afrika was like, “We need to do a beat something like that.” So we did that beat and I used a similar rhyme flow

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To the crossroads Grand Verbalizer, What Time is It? by X-Clan

“The crossroads” was an important image to Professor X, as he explained in Coleman’s book:

The “crossroads” I mention…was very important to us. We wanted to give recognition to all those who didn’t know where they were at in life. It was the point in their lives where they were trying to get clear. We were drawing a picture where you were at so you could make decisions. And decisions start at the crossroads, and you’re protected there

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[Interlude: Professor X] Grand Verbalizer, What Time is It? by X-Clan

This short monologue contains most of Professor X’s meme ideas:

  • The “protected…with a key” idea

  • Signing off with his signature insult, “sissy”

The only thing missing is the image of the crossroads, but that comes in at the end of the song

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Stalking, walking in my big black boots
Living off the earth, eating herbs and fruits
Grand Verbalizer, What Time is It? by X-Clan

Many radical black movements have also advocated for strict vegetarianism. Most famously, the Uhuru movement-affiliated dead prez rapped about it on their song “Be Healthy”

Going back even further, the Rastafari movement, which dates back to the 1930’s, advocates for a natural, vegetarian diet they call “ital”. Mihlawdhd Faristzaddi’s book Itations Of Jamaica and I Rastafari: The First Itation explains:

It is reasoned that the foods which we eat are the bearers of natural energies which are converted into physical forces and used by the material body in its daily functions. Many Rastafarians advocae the use of wholistic, non-processed foods of Mother Earth which they call “Ital”, from the words “natural” and “vital”. Wholesome, earth born foods, fruits and juices are prepared in Ital ways or eaten raw for the most beneficial nourishment. Adherance to this “Itality” in one’s diet is reasoned to be more helpful to the physical body and its natural functions than are the mass produced, mass marketed “supermarket” foods full of chemicals, additives, artificial flavoring and preservatives which Western society consumes as it’s [sic] “daily bread”

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May 21st, 2013

this line was used in ice cubes “when will they shoot” and many other vocals in this song have been sampled for other songs http://www.whosampled.com/sample/view/58024/Ice%20Cube-When%20Will%20They%20Shoot%3F_X-Clan-Grand%20Verbalizer,%20What%20Time%20Is%20It%3F/

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I’m the truth in this booth and you niggas all hoes Badaboom by Ludacris

The word “ho” has been an important part of Luda’s vocabulary since his debut

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Paulo
February 9th, 2012

“truth in this booth” is also a reference to the album of the same name by Playa, in which Drake, who Luda is beefin wit, uses a sample for his track “Look What You’ve Done.”

September 19th, 2012

“I’m the truth in the booth” is actually a lyric he’s used before in his verse on Young Buck’s “Stomp”, which is why he’s “said it before”

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