You say : "'Ere thrice the sun done salutation to the dawn"
And you claim these words as your own
But I've read well, and I've heard them said
A hundred times (maybe less, maybe more)
Cemetry Gates by The Smiths

These words Morrissey has apparently heard a hundred times (maybe less, maybe more) originate from Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Having read a Shakespeare play “a hundred times” would be quite a feat, and something just about anyone would find impressive. Moz brags about it but then backtails, saying “maybe less or maybe more” than a hundred. I think we can safely assume he’s being a dick (like he is) and the number is considerably less than one hundred!

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September 3rd, 2013

What I think he is trying to say is that the line is not something unique to that one work, that the idea is something hundreds of people have said. This goes with the rest of the song, as it is a response to criticism that Morrissey plagiarized too much.

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[Instrumental] Oscillate Wildly by The Smiths

It’s well established amongst Smiths fans that Morrissey was heavily influenced by Oscar Wilde, this wordplay title backing that up.

This was originally going to feature Morrissey’s vocals but he declined, claiming the instrumental was better off and strong enough on its own.

However, it’s debated whether or not this title is taken from “From Reverence to Rape”: “…films like ‘Mr Skeffington’ [which] oscillate wildley in mood” or whether it’s actually a play on his name.

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Hi! Any Man by Eminem

A quote from Da Beatminerz (the duo that produced this track)

So, I walk into D&D [Studios],” he continued, “and Eminem is sittin’ in the lounge – doesn’t look like a rapper, regular guy. And I’m like, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ I met his manager, Paul Rosenberg – cool dude. So, I play beats for [Eminem], and he picks the beat for ‘Any Man.’ I never heard this guy rhyme [before]; I didn’t hear the stuff he did with Royce [Da 5’9”] … all the stuff [they] did on Game [Records as] Bad Meets Evil, never heard none of that stuff. So, he gets in the vocal booth and the first thing he says [in a high-pitched nasally tone] is ‘Hi!’ I look at my engineer like, ‘Oh my God, what did I just get myself into?’ [Laughs] And then the rest is history.”

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So reach in your billfolds, for ten ducats Any Man by Eminem

Ducats is slang for money, not a reference to the medieval currency.

Eminem, according to this interview with Dru Ha from Duckdown, was initially going to sign with Duckdown Entertainment and had planned/had meetings with Dru Ha.

The next day he came back with Paul Rosenberg and we spoke some more and I said look me and Buck would like to try and get something done, let us take this to Priority and they told us what they were looking for and to their credit they had already had that CD floating around through a company called Web Entertainment so they kinda knew what they were sitting on, they knew they had something, and they weren’t asking for a regular record deal, they wanted a pretty good amount for a new artist, they wanted something that was a little more than your standard, so we really needed to go to Priority and get it and it was like right around October, fourth quarter, and long short they wouldn’t approve the budget.“ — Dru Ha

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I'm comin' up like gag reflex 2013 XXL Freshman Cyphers - Episode 3 by Dizzy Wright (Ft. Angel Haze & Logic)

Angel Haze is using a simile to describe how fast her recognition and reputation is growing. Gag reflexes happen quite quickly.

A gag reflex is just an instinctual reaction your body has to something it shouldn’t or can’t swallow (or think it can’t). For example, if you’re drinking something too fast, or try to swallow something too large, it may produce gagging — and gagging is just an involuntary reaction which your body tries to clear obstructions to the throat with heaving or even vomiting.

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Give me the shottie Dia Dhuit by Rejjie Snow 12

A variation of the bong native to South West England, where a straight tube is used instead of a conventional “gauze type” bong tube.

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I'm a lion baby, untamed
Before I devote my all I need to know one thing
Can you serve this royalty
Serve This Royalty by Big KRIT

KRIT is alluding to the film Lion King, since Lion’s are considered the kings of the wild.

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Always had them boppers My Trunk by Big KRIT (Ft. Trinidad James)

Boppers is slang for girls that always suck dick. KRIT is saying he’s had them at his disposal forever.

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Rebuilt Rome in a single day Next Level by Rhyme Asylum

A play on the phrase “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”

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Write bars with disembodied hands and feet like thing from the Addams Family Next Level by Rhyme Asylum

Thing from Addams Family was a disembodied hand.

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