Black saints whitewashed during La Reconquista Toast to the Dead by Immortal Technique

As an example of those folks “written out of history”, Tech gives us black saints who were a part of the Reconquista, “a period of almost 800 years (539 years in Portugal) in the Middle Ages during which several Christian kingdoms succeeded in retaking the Muslim-controlled areas of the Iberian Peninsula”

In Tech’s telling, the role of the Moors and other Spanish and Portugese blacks is severely diminished when historians talk about this period

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Bentley's #1 Stunna by Big Tymers (Ft. Juvenile & Lil Wayne)

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Baby, let me get the keys to the Rover Truck
Man, let me get this beef shit over, bruh
#1 Stunna by Big Tymers (Ft. Juvenile & Lil Wayne)

Juvie uses this same phrase on the song “Rover Truck” off of 2000’s Baller Blockin soundtrack

*Fun Fact! Cash Money rapper Brisco was robbed at gunpoint of his (leased) Range Rover in 2009 while at his local Dade County barbershop, along with about $35,000 in jewelry.
Here’s the alleged surveillance footage

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I'mma a hard stun'n nigga like Evil Knievel #1 Stunna by Big Tymers (Ft. Juvenile & Lil Wayne)

Conflating the two meanings of “stunt” here, Baby compares himself to the world’s most famous stuntman, Robert “Evel” Knievel

Knievel was known for his daredevil motorcycle jumps, and once tried (and failed) to jump across Idaho’s Snake River Canyon on a steam-powered rocket

Baby is apparently a big fan of stunting like the stuntman, using a similar analogy on his verse on Juvenile’s song “Flossin' Season”

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I begin to vanish
Feel the pull of the blank canvas
I'm contemplating that special dedication
To whoever it concern, my letter of resignation
Make My by The Roots (Ft. Big KRIT)

Black Thought continues the evocative language here, comparing his impending suicide note to a note one might write upon quitting a job.

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When everybody's fresh out of collateral to damage Make My by The Roots (Ft. Big KRIT)

A clever and sad pun on the phrase collateral damage, which is usually used as a “euphemism for civilian casualties of a military action”. Here, Thought connects its military meaning to its financial one, a “borrower’s pledge of specific property to a lender, to secure repayment of a loan.” Essentially, Thought is saying that everybody is broke, but doing it in an evocative, poetic, and political way

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But we can beat it, overcome the lows
Being positive is key, you believe and it shows
Beautiful by Talib Kweli (Ft. Big KRIT, Mela Machinko & Outasight)

Unfortunately, some people take positive thinking’s supposed effect on cancer too literally

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I'm a man of my word, so whatever you been hearing
Is the truth -- flatline, polygraph, that's me
Beautiful by Talib Kweli (Ft. Big KRIT, Mela Machinko & Outasight)

A flatline reading on a polygraph (lie detector) means that the subject is telling the truth — unless you’re a sociopath, of course

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If you afraid of living and you afraid of death
Then I'm afraid you'll never take a step to the left
Or the right direction
Beautiful by Talib Kweli (Ft. Big KRIT, Mela Machinko & Outasight)

A pun on the “to the left” refrain of Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”

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Catch me crossing items off my bucket list Beautiful by Talib Kweli (Ft. Big KRIT, Mela Machinko & Outasight)

It’s odd given how ubiquitous the term seems now, but the phrase “bucket list” — meaning a list of things to do before you die — did not exist before the 2007 movie of that name

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April 17th, 2013

The name “bucket list” comes from the idiom “to kick the bucket”, meaning “to die”.

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