Grossing our net The Don by Nas (Ft. Mazy) 1

Nas uses a couple of business terms to reiterate a common rap boast.

  • The first is ‘Gross,’ which refers to ‘Gross Profit.’ Gross profit is the amount of money a business takes in, subtracted by the costs and losses that the business incurs. Nas uses this to refer to the profit he makes on all the music he has sold; and is still selling to this day.
  • The second is ‘Net,’ which refers to ‘Net Worth.’ Net worth is a term used to describe the most common measure of wealth. It is measured by taking all of one’s assets and money, and subtracting all of their debts, ending with an accurate representation of their wealth. Nas applies this by using it to insinuate that he does, in fact, have a net worth, which is a term usually only used to apply to the rich or to businesses, insinuating he has a LOT of money.

Together, he says that whenever he earns money, he’s actually earning as much as his net worth, so his net worth is doubling every time he earns something.

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A star like Patrick, buzzin like Shwayze If Dreams Come True by Thewz 3

This line is actually a fairly dense wordplay:

  • Third, it references the often-intoxicated (BUZZED) deceased actor and celebrity (STAR) Patrick Swayze:

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I'm slick, but never catch me slippin’ like KY If Dreams Come True by Thewz 3

KY Jelly is a common sexual lubricant.

Unlike KY, which is known to be very slippery, Thewz alleges to never slip up in his music, which means that he claims to be very reliable and consistent.
This is a very rare thing in the rap game, as even the best of artists have almost infallibly faltered from time to time…

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I'll be the best until they stop the beating in my torso If Dreams Come True by Thewz 3

This is a common rap sentiment.
For the beating in one’s torso to stop, means that their heart has stopped functioning, almost always signalling death.

This means that Thewz plans on not letting anything stop him from persuing his goal to be an incredible rapper, until he literally dies, signalling a complete and utter dedication to his art, and to the game itself.

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Whoa, remember when we used to brag about
2 zeroes on a check, now that's just a sad amount
If Dreams Come True by Thewz 3

This line is a reference to the common hood mentality that a paycheque with only 2 0’s — in the hundred-dollar-range — was adequate to live off of.
This line talks about Thewz’s awakening, and the realization that life was even MORE of a struggle than he had thought, and he mourns the fact that at the time, he thought it was a privilege to make an amount that he now sees as pennies.

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YOU UGLY DAWG! YOU UGLY! You ugly man, you ugly You Gotta Love It (Jay-Z Diss) by Cam'ron (Ft. Max B)

This is a fairly repeated diss towards Jay, as many hold the common belief that he IS ugly
Feel free to judge for yourself:

But SHE doesn’t seem to mind. .

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Let it out man, get ready for 15 rounds man You Gotta Love It (Jay-Z Diss) by Cam'ron (Ft. Max B)

He goes back to his Previous line about 15 rounds in boxing, saying he’s still willing to go for all 15 rounds, if needed. .

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This just round one, 15 rounds B You Gotta Love It (Jay-Z Diss) by Cam'ron (Ft. Max B)

Although Cam'ron spit 3 full verses and one part-verse dissing Jay-Z, Cam says that this is just the start of the beef.
If Jay comes back, Cam is just going to come back, and fight for as long as it takes.
This is a reference to boxing, where a full match used to be 15 rounds, so Cam is saying he’s going to ‘go the distance’ with Jay, if he has to. .

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Still got our acapellas, but I will Akinyele-ya You Gotta Love It (Jay-Z Diss) by Cam'ron (Ft. Max B)

This is an excellent reference to early to mid-90s rapper Akinyele.
This line segues into a sample from his song, repeating ‘put it in your mouth,’ insinuating that Jay-Z is a bitch, and Cam is making a reference to his belief that Jay likes to give oral sex to other males. .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaIW0URYK8o

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And now in every jam I'm the fuckin' man Halftime by Nas 3

Nas went from being a relative nobody, to killing every track he was featured on

This began on Main Source’s “Live at the Barbeque”. After the release of the song, he began to be critically acclaimed, and people started to notice him. This lead to cultural prominence, even before Illmatic, and people began calling him the next coming of Rakim

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