[Hook] Fighter by Cyclone

This hook draws a parallel between rappers and fighters.

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Anonymous decision anytime that I win
Only if I can't get the knockout blow in
Fighter by Cyclone

When Cyclone wins, it’s convincingly. Either all the judges agree that he won, or he knocks the other guy out.

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Im fighting like its Tyson hiding right in my skin Fighter by Cyclone

A reference to another great fighter, former professional boxer Mike Tyson

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If I feel like he's attacking then I will just throw it back in his face
And then obliterate, I can do it any time just pick any date
Fighter by Cyclone

Cyclone lets us know that he’s down to scrap (well…. “rap scrap”), anytime. And he knows he can win.

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Uh, but I'm never really in a fight
The only time I throw a punch is if it's in a punchline
The only time I battle is against another rapper
Fighter by Cyclone

In these lines, Cyclone reveals that the “fighting” he’s talking about, isn’t actual fighting, but rather “battle rapping”

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That's stuck in your veins, I'mma leave you there bleeding
Leave you there needing the help of first aid
And that is how I always end in first place
Fighter by Cyclone

Cyclone continues the needle metaphor, and illustrates how that “sting” helps him win every fight

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'Cuz I float like a plane and sting like a needle Fighter by Cyclone

A slight variation of the famous Muhammad Ali quote

Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee

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When I throw the hands they back against the ropes Fighter by Cyclone

“Throw the hands” being slang for punching, Cyclone paints the picture of the fight taking place in a rink, saying he fights the opponent back into the ropes. This shows that he’s winning the fight

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Kinda like Randy Couture, I'm never second Fighter by Cyclone

A reference to the mixed martial artist Randy Couture

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I finally understand
It ain't easy to raise a girl as a single man
Nah, the way mothers feel for they sons
How fathers feel for they daughters
Daughters by Nas

Those of us who haven’t been through this, can only imagine…. A man trying to raise someone of the opposite sex.

We can all admit that no man truly understands girls, even the ones we love, so trying to raise one without the advice of someone who has been through it themselves, seems like a nearly insurmountable task.

This is also Nas’s take on a line from 2Pac’s “Dear Mama,” except it’s the opposite parent/child gender relationship.

I finally understand
For a woman, it ain’t easy trying to raise a man

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