I see them on the block when I passes
Looking like they need oxygen mask-es
Breathe by Fabolous

Yet again, Fabolous can’t go anywhere without people being mortally dumbfounded by his shoes or his ride (depending on where he’s going, I guess). A shame nobody’s told him about the Good Samaritan law

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fakie1
May 3rd, 2013

I see ‘em on the block when I pass
It’s lookin’ like they need oxygen masks(es)

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They has to react, like having an asthma attack
When they see the plasma in back
Breathe by Fabolous

Have you ever seen a big-screen TV that made you almost choke on your own spit? No? Whatever, it’s an extended metaphor and Fabolous is attacking it with gusto

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And make it hard to (breathe) Breathe by Fabolous

Much like the double meaning of “make it hot” in NTM’s “La fièvre”, Fab is playing on conflicting causes of suffocation: on one hand, his wealth is so impressive that onlookers can hardly catch their breath; on the other, police surveillance is so oppressive that hustlers like Fab himself can barely express themselves

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I came back with some sicker stones
That got these broke niggas looking at me
Like they choking on a chicken bone
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Something about Fab’s most recent jewelry acquisition—size, purity, shininess, whatever—is making jealous admirers hyperventilate

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They'd rather see me lay in a hearse than lay in the 'Bach Breathe by Fabolous

They’d rather see him dead in a hearse than chilling in the back sit of a Maybach

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fakie1
May 3rd, 2013

They’d rather see me lay in a hearse then layin' a track

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Or walk a mile in the pair I wear Breathe by Fabolous

They can’t walk a mile in his shoes, go through what he goes through

This line might also refer to the reference to Air Force One’s in the line above, hence he talks about walking a mile in the pair he wears.

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You niggas can't share my air Breathe by Fabolous

Airs as in Nike Airs. You can’t fit in his shoes. And he walks longer in them.

Or:

“Air” as in “air of confidence”

Or:

He’s in a class by himself — nobody else can touch him

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Or either keep em on the quiet Breathe by Fabolous

Failing that, he has ways of shutting them up

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Cops couldn't smell me if you brought the K-9's through Breathe by Fabolous

His hustle is impervious to even highly trained drug-sniffing dogs

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I got em grabbing they chest
Cause it's hurting them to see Fab in his best
And they in they worst
Breathe by Fabolous

It’s hard for the haters to see Fabolous looking, well, fabulous when they themselves look like slobs; the clothing/shoe image here is pretty clearly applicable to all other aspects of being successful

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