Hopping on tracks with young up-and-comers like Chance the Rapper and Joey Bada$$, Soul stays aware of what’s going on in the streets and who’s coming up in the game
Gritty, crime-ridden cities like Newark, LA, and New York City are usually referred to as a “concrete jungles”, comparing a city to a jungle, both being diverse, chaotic, and tough to live in
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Soul is one of the best and at the top you’ve gotta beat the best to be the best. “Dog eat dog” is a phrase that basically means you gotta watch your back because it’s a competitive world out there
Clever wordplay with “top dog”; Soul’s label is TDE aka Top Dawg Entertainment
Alori joh was Soul’s girlfriend whose death in February 2012 was ruled as a suicide
Soul speaks about her a lot in his songs, especially in “Book of Soul” which is dedicated to her
“Two left feet” is a phrase used frequently to describe someone who just has no rhythm and can’t really dance
It’s just simple mathematics!
Relating back to the line about Soul getting his dick wet, “sinnin' man’s cinema” is porn. Basically Soul is experiencing a porn film in real life.
“Sinnin' man” sounds like cinnamon, which is sweet
If you read his lyrics (on Rap Genius) you’ll die from the complexity of them. “Red bones” are people who are tri-racial and thus have lighter skin (like a mix of white, black, and native american)
Crazy wordplay here using the “rid” sound in 4 different ways! “riddles” “rid” “ritalin” “ridden”
“Sinister literature” is a phrase Soul has used before
Sinister literature, given from this wicked minister
Perhaps a Rap Genius lighter?
Young Money Entertainment is a record label founded by Wayne
As in “Trigger Finger”. Placed on his hand because that’s what grasps the gun and pulls the “trigger”