Who am I?
Jay-Z, motherfucker
Do or die
In Brownsville, motherfucker
4 Alarm Blaze by M.O.P. (Ft. Jay Z & Teflon)

Jay, ever the big Death Row records fan, here pays tribute to this lyric by Kurupt from Snoop’s “For All My Niggaz & Bitches”

This video is processing – it'll appear automatically when it's done.

Show other contributors +

JerseyBoi's photo

1,202

December 4th, 2013

Do or Die is also slang for Bed Stuy, the Brooklyn neighborhood that Jay-Z grew up in.

Add a suggestion

Blocka, Roc-a-Fella, Bad Boy collabo
Two MC's with mad dough, you know
I Love The Dough by The Notorious B.I.G. (Ft. Angela Winbush & Jay Z)

“Blocka” is an onomatopoeia simulating a gun shot. Roc-A-Fella is Jay-Z’s record label and Bad Boy was Biggie’s

This video is processing – it'll appear automatically when it's done.

Show other contributors +

Blocka, rocka, M.O.P collabo
Front on us and gats blow ya know?
4 Alarm Blaze by M.O.P. (Ft. Jay Z & Teflon)

Jay continues his career-long tradition of paying homage to Biggie by interpolating these lines from Jay’s earlier duet with Big, “I Love the Dough”:

Blocka, Roc-a, Bad Boy collabo
Two MC’s with mad dough, you know

This video is processing – it'll appear automatically when it's done.

Show other contributors +

London bridges are falling down
Not bridges but britches when Jigga’s in town
American Boy (Live at Glastonbury 2008) by Jay Z

Jay appropriately begins his English-themed rap with a UK-themed nursery rhyme, which he quickly re-purposes into a sexual pun on the English word “britches”, meaning trousers or pants

This video is processing – it'll appear automatically when it's done.

Show other contributors +

If diamond’s are a girls’ best friend, my crew
Would like to extend an invitation to you
American Boy (Live at Glastonbury 2008) by Jay Z

Jay’s Roc-a-fella Records has long had as its symbol the “diamond sign”:

which Jay here introduces with a reference to the classic show tune “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”, most famously performed by the quite nice Marilyn Monroe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZRs__rmYMc&feature=related

And also interpreted by Jay’s own wife in, of all things, a perfume commercial

This video is processing – it'll appear automatically when it's done.

Show other contributors +

Our family –
Jewelry I mean ‘cause my jewels currently is being guarded by the queen
American Boy (Live at Glastonbury 2008) by Jay Z

A pun here on England’s Crown Jewels, which are “ceremonial and symbolic objects associated with the coronations of English Kings and Queens”, and on the colloquial meaning of the phrase “family jewels”, which would be “guarded” by Hov’s wife

This video is processing – it'll appear automatically when it's done.

Show other contributors +

When them wheels land, Travis Barker drums playing
Tap dance to my drum roll
Free Spirit by Drake (Ft. Rick Ross)

Rozay wants a real-life drum roll played by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Lest you think Ross is secretly headbanging to “What’s My Age Again”, Barker also works with tons of rappers, and in fact toured with Ross in 2011. However, the “wheels land” language here is rather thoughtless, as Barker was involved in a 2008 plane crash that left him with serious burns, and killed four others

This video is processing – it'll appear automatically when it's done.

Show other contributors +

March 2nd, 2013

He’s going to be dancing and performing in the rap game until he dies. He is a performer in the genre and dances around in character to what people want.

Add a suggestion

Pimp flows and screw flows, my shit is sounding like grey tapes
Let me go on and hit that cup, one time 'fore a nigga hit that road
These days keep going by too fast so give me anything to make shit go slow
Free Spirit by Drake (Ft. Rick Ross)

This section serves as a tribute to deceased Texas rap figures. Chad “Pimp C” Butler was a member of the legendary Texas rap group UGK. The group’s remaining member, Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, has taken to championing Drake

Robert “DJ Screw” Davis, Jr. was another seminal Texas rap figure, associated with the Houston scene. The DJ’s claim to fame was making mixtapes where he slowed down the music, using a technique that would come to bear his name. Screw made almost 250 mixtapes before his 2000 passing, and some of the earlier ones were referred to as grey tapes because they were recorded on a Maxell tape similar to the one shown below:

The “chopped and screwed” sound, and most of the Houston rap scene, would come to be associated with purple drank, a drink containing codeine and promethazine, whose woozy buzz perfectly matched the slowed-down feel of Screw’s tapes. The final two lines mention the drank and its buzz as a means Drake has taken to slow down his fast-paced life.

This video is processing – it'll appear automatically when it's done.

Show other contributors +

Well, out there there ain't nothing for me and I think I need to come home Club Paradise by Drake

Drake ends each verse with a different take on his relationship to his hometown and the strippers therein, and pointedly ends each verse with the word “home”

Directly related to the last line. They think while he’s ‘out in the world’, he doesn’t care about them while in reality it’s the opposite

This video is processing – it'll appear automatically when it's done.

Show other contributors +

4/9/75 4 Alarm Blaze by M.O.P. (Ft. Jay Z & Teflon)

This video is processing – it'll appear automatically when it's done.

Show other contributors +