And I wonder who's loving you
(Like Michael Jackson)
Aural S(ECT)s by Count Bass D

And I wonder who’s loving you is a lyric from “Who’s Loving You” by the Jackson 5 (vocals by Michael). The vocal sample that comes in abruptly here is from Jeru the Damaja’s “Come Clean”.

This likely refers to a broken relationship given the marriage vows mentioned a few lines earlier. But considering the type of ‘loving’ MJ was accused of it could also hint at something more sinister.

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I be the seven twenty-one, eighteen twenty-one Make Em Pay by Gang Starr (Ft. Krumb Snatcha)

Guru spells his name out in numbers:

  • G is the 7th letter made
  • U is the 21st letter of the alphabet
  • R is the 18th letter
  • U know the rest…

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[Intro: Mos Def] Definition by Black Star

This intro mirrors the intro from BDP’s “The P is Free”, the song on which this beat is based.

Yes Scott La Rock you know you rule hip-hop
Yes Mr. Lee you can rule hip-hop
357 you can rule hip-hop
But, KRS One rule it non-stop

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I'mma hit Preme and leave you all right where you stand Desperado by Mac Miller

By hit Preme he means holler at legendary producer DJ Premier for a beat. Primo produced Mac Miller’s song “Face The Facts” and of course the Gang Starr cut “Rite Where U Stand” which this line also references.

Mac Miller (left) looking smug with DJ Premier.

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And with your wrinkled pussy, I can't be your lover La Di Da Di by Doug E Fresh (Ft. Slick Rick)

Although tame by today’s standards, back in 1985 this line was enough to warrant a special warning for “sexually explicit lyrics” on the record label itself. This was before Tipper Gore’s Parental Advisory stickers were common.

The line became a running joke on De La’s De La Soul Is Dead album. One of the members would mumble “and with your wrinkled pussy” unintelligibly, followed by a sample of Slick Rick saying “I can’t be your lover”. They used this as a retort to various female song characters.

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And I'm also known as the beatbox trainer The Show by Doug E Fresh (Ft. The Get Fresh Crew & Slick Rick)

As Doug mentions in his beatboxing video, he used to teach the beatbox to other people. One of his students was the Inhuman Orchestra Biz Markie who began his career spitting beats for Roxanne Shante.

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A-yo Doug, do that record Jam On The Groove The Show by Doug E Fresh (Ft. The Get Fresh Crew & Slick Rick)

The 1976 funk cut “Jam On The Groove” by percussionist Ralph MacDonald is one of Hip Hop’s classic breakbeats. Doug closes out the song with a beatbox rendition of its famed percussion breakdown.

It’s a loose interpretation to say the least. Without this cue from Slick Rick it’d be virtually impossible to spot.

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My ten strike combo deletes your power bar NYC Everything by RZA (Ft. Method Man)

In fighter games, a combo is a special sequence of moves (punches, kicks etc) executed in rapid succession so that the opponent is unable to block or evade them. A 10-strike or 10-hit combo would be a series of ten such moves.

Your power bar shows how much energy you have left. When it reaches zero your player dies.

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Now Why See everything NYC Everything by RZA (Ft. Method Man)

The phrase Now Why See does double duty here:

  • it means NYC (Now, Why and See represent the letters N, Y and C in the Supreme Alphabet)
  • it sounds like Now I see

This double meaning, along with the references to specific NY neighbourhoods, gives the sense that RZA oversees everything that happens in the city.

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From 4th & Broadway to Uni to MCA U.B.R. (Unauthorized Biography of Rakim) by Nas

4th & Broadway, Uni and MCA are are the record labels that released Eric B & Rakim’s four albums. Nas doesn’t shout out Zakia, the label that put out their first 12".

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