Picture working so hard, and you can't cut through
That can mess up your whole life, like an uncle that touched you
New God Flow by Kanye West (Ft. Ghostface Killah & Pusha T) 2

In Kanye’s eyes, the pain of struggling and working hard for success your entire life and failing to achieve anything is just as damaging as the psychological damage that befalls victims of child molestation. I’m not sure that I agree with Kanye on this comparison — hurting kids is a special, horrible kind of evil and deserves a special Hell unto itself

Since Kanye specifically cited an uncle as the perpetrator, we have to bring up the (then) recent case of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was charged with and found guilty of child molestation (something he’d been doing for decades); one of the victims was his own nephew, who stated in court that the abuse changed his life forever.

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We got green in our eyes, just follow my Erick Sermon New God Flow by Kanye West (Ft. Ghostface Killah & Pusha T) 2

Kanye has fun with a church sermon pun.

Erick Sermon is a producer who together with Parrish Smith forms the hip-hop group E.P.M.D. (Erick and Parrish Making Dollars), which has been active since the late 1980s, although EPMD originally split in 1993 after robbers vandalized Parrish Smith’s crib. While no charges were ever filed, one of the assailants allegedly admitted that Sermon paid them to pull off the heist. Sermon continued to accuse Smith of shortchanging him, and the two artists went solo before reprising their act in 1997.

Eric Sermon’s nick name is “The Green-Eyed Bandit”. Kanye is focused on money, and therefore has green in his eyes.

Game made a similar pun on “My Life.”

50 Cent also wrote a similar pun back in 2003

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Did strippers not make an ark when I made it rain? New God Flow by Kanye West (Ft. Ghostface Killah & Pusha T) 2

References the story of Noah and his ark. God decides to do away with man and start over, so he sends torrential rains to flood the earth — these rains last 40 days and nights, which ties into the 40 killings Kanye mentions earlier in the verse. To escape the carnage, Noah built a great ark to shelter himself, his family and a catalog of animal species.

For Kanye anyway, the rains refer to a shower of cash that threatens to drown all the strippers in the club. Lucky they got a random ass boat to keep them alive — the “ark” which is the “arc” in their back when they dance.

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Did Moses not part the water with the cane? New God Flow by Kanye West (Ft. Ghostface Killah & Pusha T) 2

Abrahamic religious texts hold that an Israelite named Moses led his people out of their decades long enslavement in Egypt; when they came to the Red Sea, Moses placed his staff in the waters and made a path across the ocean floor. When the pursuing Egyptian army tried to follow, Moses brought the Red Sea back down on them

In this line and the three that follow it, Kanye talks about miracles and other religiously themed ideas (Moses, Noah’s ark, being signed by a rap god, making Jesus jewelry)

Also refers back to Pusha’s line “What’s a brick from an outta-town nigga/When you flood and you can drown niggas?”– talking about flooding a market with cocaine. Pusha also compared himself to Kanye’s version of Shyne. Shyne, after jail, changed his name to Moses.

This continues the play on words that represents the meeting of Pusha T and Kanye’s worlds. Mr. West is also called Ye, which is a homonym of Yay, which is slang for cocaine a.k.a caine, which links to Moses' cane. They’re flooding the industry and performing miracles with G.O.O.D Music.

Some of his plaques still say Kayne!

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And ran to Jacob and made the new Jesus chains? New God Flow by Kanye West (Ft. Ghostface Killah & Pusha T) 2

Jacob Arabo is a designer of custom jewelry for the rich and famous (including many hip-hop/rap artists). Kanye has been a client of his since before The College Dropout and Arabo helped him design his famous “Jesus Piece”

In the Judeo-Chrisian biblical mythos, Jacob literally wrestles with an angel and as a result is given the name Israel. He would later bear 12 sons after whom the 12 tribes of Israel would be named. The fourth son, Judah, was the forefather of Jesus' line.

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"I'm on fire, ay," that's what Richard Pryor say New God Flow by Kanye West (Ft. Ghostface Killah & Pusha T) 2

In 1980 Richard Pryor set himself on fire while trying to freebase (purify) some cocaine. While Kanye utters a similar expression, it has to do with music and not self-immolation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjD4PHojNBU

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Don't fight for the wrong side
Say what you feel like
Say how you feel
Twisted Logic by Coldplay

The “wrong side” in this case is the side of silence and complatency. Martin encourages us to speak up on behalf of the planet and all the creatures in it.

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And you are not wrong to
Ask who does this belong to
It belongs to all of us
Twisted Logic by Coldplay

Environmentalists get a lot of flak for sounding like shrill doomsayers, but Martin wants to remind us that the planet belongs to all life, not just to humans (though we are the dominant creatures), and that to maintain the planet for everyone’s sake (including our own), we should continue to question what we do and how it affects the natural environments around us

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Created, then drilled and invaded
If somebody made it, someone will mess it up
Twisted Logic by Coldplay

The Earth was created (by natural forces or divine mechanics, take your pick) and humans have subsequently prodded and poked around for resources to live our lives and have our creature comforts; there is a price for this, however, and we have lost (and will continue to lose) unique plants and animals, in addition to damaging ecosystems vital to the planet’s survival

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Hundreds of years in the future
There could be computers looking for life on Earth
Twisted Logic by Coldplay

Martin imagines a future wherein intelligent life (whether organic or artificial) have aimed or sent scientific equipment at/to Earth in order to determine whether life exists, the implication being that the Earth is now a desolate wasteland (à la Mars)

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