You say “knock on wood” when you want to avoid “tempting fate.” After claiming that the po-po don’t fuck with him, he ‘knocks on wood’ to ensure that they won’t simply because he made the claim.
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This is the same message as the first line from Verse 1. He would rather compromise record sales and stay true to himself, then sell out and do pop songs just for airplay.
This is a play on the phrase “it’s over when the fat lady sings.” Before Cube even grabs the mic, it’s already over — he’s that good.
Don King was a boxing promoter.
That’s empire state of mind by Jay-Z. Cube describes LA in realistic ways, and with gutter style and is hated on by the industry for it.
Jay grew up in Marcy Projects in NY, and despite all his fame, money and success, deep down he’s still that guy who used to grind some years ago: a hustler.
Diddy is ballin' while you aint doing shit
Diddy has participated in gun shootouts. He was also apart of the Biggie (East) vs. Pac (West) coastal beef.
Diddy also makes a reference to the South Park episode “Hell on Earth 2006” where Satan tries to have a MTV, “Sweet 16” like party but hits a few hurdles when all his ideas were done before by Diddy for his parties (with Satan’s party-planner repeating “Diddy did it”
He just wants to fuck. Rubber is a condom, fyi.