This is a play on the homophones “a rest” and “arrest”: Cyclone kills beats, and people who kill other people get arrested, but he never does.
Also, he never takes a break, or “a rest”, from music.
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A matador is someone who “fights” bulls in the rink, then kills them afterward, so this is a play on the phrase “bull crap”.
Recent University of Kentucky basketball teams have featured numerous one-and-dones, most of which were top recruits.
No-one should doubt Cyclone’s skills; the only thing about him which would make sense as to why someone would doubt is if he is really a freshman or not, because he spits rhymes ahead of his time.
A play on the common phrase “Easier than taking candy from a baby”, with Cyclone comparing that to the ease with which he dominates the rap game
Oftentimes, when a first year person, in any area, makes a mistake, people call them “rookie mistakes”. However, Cyclone never makes a blunder, so he never has to use this excuse.
XXL magazine has an annual issue where they name the top Freshmen of the Year, who are featured on the cover of that issue, and Cyclone is determined to make that list.
Probably the baddest of all apes, and could easily “rip your soldiers in half”
Lupe hinted at the character’s illustrious criminal history throughout the saga, so a man like him would certainly recognize who the cops patrolling his block were.
The purpose of this verse was for Nas to share with us his dealings in the crack game, although the portrait is “blurry” because he can’t give too many details, for obvious reasons