The rap game is constantly paralleled with sports and “ballin” is a common term to describe success. Lupe specifically points this out with baseball, where the pitcher is one of several positions.
He also continues the “devil” theme, as the devil is commonly depicted with a pitchfork. Lupe could be playing on the homophone bawl — a sound that has a pitch
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Lupe also uses the word “pitch” to refer to the devil having a “sales pitch” to get people to sin.
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JJ from Good Times was the most ecstatic character. He was always happy and was played by Jimmie Walker. Vic is in a similarly good mood.
J.J.’s sister Thelma was played by BernNadette Stanis who had a pretty nice bod
Unrequited love or a bad relationship can drive you to drink and smoke for some type of escape. Kacey shows she’s a fan of smoking in “Follow Your Arrow”:
When the straight and narrow gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint, or don’t
She also talks about these specific lines in her Spotify track-by-track:
I do love the bridge…I mean [love] can wreck you. It’s crazy that in the beginning, something that makes you feel so good just takes you to hell.
Love makes everyone do some stupid things at times. It comes and goes, mistakes are made and you wonder why you keep falling for it.
As Kacey said in her Spotify track-by-track interview:
The main point is that love can make you look like an idiot. I’ve been there, done that.
To “play someone like a fiddle” is an idiom for using them and making them do things. She also uses more imagery with the rattle.
Love can make you do some crazy things for someone, but it leaves you vulnerable to their wishes if they don’t feel the same way in return — like fighting a battle without a weapon.
I dunno if I understand what’s going on but I want an ☂
His “dream” was always to join the E.L.E.
Of course as Dr. Horrible he uses the horrible version of a dream to describe his success — a nightmare.
He had always hesitated when thinking about killing Captain Hammer, but after this encounter he can kill two birds with one stone: