You thought Summer Jam was starring you? It was starring me
Even in my absence, my presence is felt
That gotta tell you I'm the king, dog, if nothing else
2002 Funk Flex Freestyle by Jay Z 5

An excellent (and oft-overlooked) point: the focus of Summer Jam that year ended up being on Jay due to Nas' effigy controversy, even though Jay himself was half a world away at the time of the show. Nas, despite having the headlining slot, was relegated to a supporting part in the drama

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Maybe the lilac Porsche 2002 Funk Flex Freestyle by Jay Z 5

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See how it flip-flops with the number one station for hip-hop and r&b? 2002 Funk Flex Freestyle by Jay Z 5

“The number one station for hip-hop and r&b” is Hot 97’s slogan

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He was also referencing how Nas thought he had Hot 97 in his corner and was about to stage a lynching of a doll made in the likeness of JayZ until they kaboshed his(Nas') plans, hence the flipflopping Jay mentions.

They switched up on Nas at the last minute — here Jay is alluding to the fact that their(HOT97’s) loyalty was negotiable either through payola or by reason that he was the bigger artist so radio execs would not wanna offend him ..

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While y'all was running your mouth complaining about Summer Jam
I was in flip-flops in the South of France
2002 Funk Flex Freestyle by Jay Z 5

Nas was scheduled to be the featured performer at Summer Jam 2002, the annual concert thrown by powerhouse NYC radio station Hot 97, the year after he’d been dissed by Jay at the previous incarnation of the show. He ended up not performing after his request to hang Jay in effigy onstage was denied

Instead, Nas ran over to rival radio station Power 105 and gave a rambling, emotional interview that dissed Jay, Cam'ron, NORE, and others

While all of this was going on, Jay was out of the spotlight, taking a long-planned vacation to the South of France

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[Verse 1] 2002 Funk Flex Freestyle by Jay Z 5

This verse would end up on Jay’s song “Hovi Baby”

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I try to tell them I'm one of the
Best thinkers of this class I'm in
Double M Genius by Wale

Wale broadly means the new “class” of rappers who he feels are his contemporaries, but he may be specifically referring to the class of 2009, the year he became one of XXL Magazine’s chosen “Freshmen” in their yearly issue:

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When you rapping how you rapping, bitches pack up and leave
When you rapping how I'm rapping, they fellatio free
Don't Hold Your Applause by Wale

“You” drive women away with your mediocre rap skills. Wale, by contrast, has women begging to get with him, despite how he talks about them

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Got me counting my blessings, it took me A-D to see Don't Hold Your Applause by Wale

It apparently took the undershipping and poor chart performance of Wale’s debut album, Attention Deficit, to get him to appreciate what he has.

“A-D” could also be alternatively heard as “Haiti.” It apparently took the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti to get Wale to appreciate what he has.

A third possible explanation of what Wale is saying is “eighty”, as in it took him eighty blessings to see

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November 10th, 2011

He Said It Took Me “Hati” To See.. Refering to his relationship in Hati also its a play on the word “Hell”

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November 10th, 2011

He Did many benefit concerts for haiti, which he learned of there harsh lifestyles.. also haiti can be pronounced “Hades” Which means hell. thus “ Countin My Blessings. It Took Me Hell To See It”

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I focus on chicken, my corazon frigid
Don't trust no cheap rubbers, don't trust no dirty bitches
Sipping Moscato with models having exotic dishes
Don't Hold Your Applause by Wale

Wale’s heart (for which he uses the Spanish word here) is frozen, and he focuses solely on business as a result, rather than love. However, he still somehow finds time to luxuriate in his newfound wealth

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GQ man of the year -- Cudi, Drizzy and me Don't Hold Your Applause by Wale

Kid Cudi, Drake, and Wale were featured in GQ Magazine for their unique styles. GQ labelled them “gangsta killers.”

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