I've been rappin' since Sonic was running on Sega Genesis Trust Me by Chris Webby

Sega Genesis is a throwback video game system, and Sonic the Hedgehog was one of the best games on that system. It was popular in the 1990’s and Web was born in 1988, so he’s been doing this rapping shit for a while.

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I'm Super Mario with a star, cause y'all can't touch me Trust Me by Chris Webby

In the classic Nintendo game Super Mario, Mario would become invincible whenever he grabbed a star, so Web is invincible to other rappers when he is up on the mic. Web is a big fan of Mario games, and dedicated his entire left arm to a tattoo sleeve full of Mario characters.

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An MC like Escher Trust Me by Chris Webby

Webby plays on the name of Duke graphic artist M.C. Escher here to establish his status as a respected “emcee” — hip-hop slang for a rapper.

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Bow down to King Mathers, but I am his successor Trust Me by Chris Webby

King Mathers is Eminem (birth name Marshall Mathers). He is Webby’s favorite rapper of all time and — according to most critics — the greatest white rapper of all time, so Web isn’t trying to take anything away from Em. All he’s trying to say is that when Em decides to hang it up one day he will be ready to take over the title of “best white rapper alive”.

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Stay bangin' out tracks in the lab like Dexter Trust Me by Chris Webby

The “lab” is slang for a recording studio. But lab can also be short for laboratory, as in the place where Dexter from Dexter’s Lab would spend most of his time. Webby later went on to take this line and turn it into the title of one of his mixtapes.

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I get fresh to death, shit I'm great like Gatsby Trust Me by Chris Webby

The Great Gatsby is a classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Webby claims his rapping skills are as great as the book’s title character.

RapGenius broke down Gatsby for you here!

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Almost heaven, West Virginia Country Roads by John Denver

Even those that have never been to the state can appreciate its peaceful beauty from afar.

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West Virginia, mountain mamma Country Roads by John Denver

Believe it or not, none of this song’s three co-writers had ever been to West Virginia before recording this song — which is surprising considering it has become the state’s de facto anthem. The inspiration to write a song about West Virginia came from beautiful post cards Bill Danoff’s friend sent him. The “mountain mama” part refers to the numerous mountains such as the Appalachians that run through the state.

Fun fact — Danoff almost replaced West Virginia with Massachusetts in the chorus, since he grew up in Springfield, MA.

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Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
Country Roads by John Denver

The particular country road the song is talking about is Clopper Road, which originates in Gaithersburg, Maryland and leads into West Virginia. Part of this song was written by co-writers Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert to kill time as they rode along Clopper towards a family reunion in Maryland. Ironically, Clopper was made into a busy four lane road years after this song was written.

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Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye
Country Roads by John Denver

This could be an allusion to the moonshine alcohol commonly produced in Southern states such as WV, but given the peaceful and naturalistic tone of the rest of the song, it is probably just talking about about the beauty of the moon in the night sky.

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