And you looking at magazines, and TV/
hoping that you could have some famous woman's life
Knowing, it would never be worth it for you to pay the price/
and all the principles that you cherish/
are all the values that she sacrificed
The Perfect Poem (Live) by Taalam Acey

Hollywood is a vicious place, and many people have to sacrifice their morals to get into it. Acey is saying that you shouldn’t envy the lives of those you see on TV, because they probably sold their soul to have it. Acey is yet again talking about how your integrity is not worth any amount of money. This is apparently a very important subject to him.

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Like you don't recognize that ain't nobody in this room perfect/
and your life might just be as good as it gets
The Perfect Poem (Live) by Taalam Acey

Don’t be sad when you become unhappy and life is unjust towards you, because there’s always someone who didn’t have the privilege of having the happiness which you lost in the first place.

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Because I play to much deeper emotions like your eyes
And even in this light, they can tell me/
whether you're worried if you're raising your children right
Or whether you're concerned that you might stay out too many nights
Or whether you're obsessed with success/
and stressed that you're wasting your life
The Perfect Poem (Live) by Taalam Acey

Acey has a connection with this woman, so no matter how many physical limitations prevent him from seeing her, he can still see into her soul. In a way, the eyes are the closest you can get to an outlet for your soul. This is because you can change your body language to hide your pain, but your eyes never lie about how you really feel. You can always tell how someone is truly feeling by staring into their eyes.

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Because every time you sip your drink, I taste your suffering
And I'm not talking about some man who played you,
The Perfect Poem (Live) by Taalam Acey

Acey is a very understanding and insightful person, so when this girl sips her drink to help alleviate her pain, he feels united with her and can taste the suffering (which caused her alcoholism) in his soul. And he’s doesn’t just feel the momentary pain that plagues her mind, like guy problems and silly mistakes, he feels the shit that makes her soul burn. Also, this is a play on how liquor makes your throat burn.

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And without leaving this stage, I can accompany you home The Perfect Poem (Live) by Taalam Acey

Acey is boasting that his poems are so riveting that they will stay on these women’s' consciouses for long after they leave his poetry slam. Or at least he hopes they will.

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And I can see past your makeup and perfume The Perfect Poem (Live) by Taalam Acey

Similarly to how magicians use smoke and mirrors to cloud an audience’s perception of a trick, some women use makeup and perfume to cloud people’s perception of themselves. A lot of women use makeup in an attempt to cover up their faults and draw attention away from their pain and flaws. However, Acey isn’t fooled by their smoke-and-mirrors and can see straight into their soul where their problems lie, like Kendrick Lamar can.

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I don't need no smoke and mirrors to bring you nearer from across the room The Perfect Poem (Live) by Taalam Acey

Acey is saying that his words are so powerful, that he doesn’t need to either A. pretend he’s someone who he’s not or B. use magic to get this girl’s attention. “Smoke and Mirrors” is an idiom which references how magicians use optical illusions to trick their audiences.

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War has shattered many young men's dreams
Made them disabled, bitter and mean
War by Edwin Starr

During World War II, post traumatic stress disorder was a big problem with returning soldiers. Starr suggests that rather than having young men go to battle and come back battered and horrified, we should work issues out peacefully.

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They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But Lord knows there's gotta be a better way
War by Edwin Starr

Starr isn’t trying to trash those who support war. After all, the majority of people who support war believe that the war was created to protect their own freedom and do so to remain safe. Instead, Starr just wants to point out that there should be better ways to solve problems than killing each other. After all, we are an advanced species of life.

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The thought of war blows my mind War by Edwin Starr

Starr can’t understand why anyone in their right mind would want to hurt other people who are just like them. After all, we’re all a part of the same species and should act united.

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