We coming around Atlanta and the niggas are really strapped
With the mothafucking guns and the motherfucking Glocks
The heaters, the gats nigga, don't fear it and it don't stop
Ain't No Thang by Outkast (Ft. Andre 3000 & Big Boi)

Atlanta is a dangerous city filled with gangsters that know how to handle a weapon. But you have to keep on living your life and can’t let the fear of potential violence get to you.

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Punished in my mother's stomach by swimming through Hennessey Thug Connection by Papoose (Ft. AZ & Kool G. Rap)

His mom was an alcoholic who drank a lot of Hennessey while she was pregnant of Papoose

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And don't none want to see none of us live to be adults, sheeit The Evil That Men Do by Ras Kass

Growing up, he felt like the nation as a whole would rather be rid of young black males like himself. He felt like most of “White America” would rather be rid of African American youths, since many were perceived to be criminals.

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In eighty-one I remember the night
I covered myself with baby powder, so my black ass could be light
The Evil That Men Do by Ras Kass

In 1981 (when Ras was about 8 years old)– he didn’t understand why god made him black. The Bible seemed to talk about all these white people, and he imagined God as being a white man.
He felt frustrated and tried to make himself white with baby powder, since for a time he felt like his being black was somehow wrong — making him inferior.

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Born to a family of four and so that makes me one-fourth
Of a dysfunctional home
The Evil That Men Do by Ras Kass

He had 1 sibling and his 2 parents
His family was dysfunctional, as he goes on to explain.
As a child, Ras felt like part of a problematic situation, rather than a member of a loving family.

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If I don't meet you no more in this world then uh
I'll meet you on the next one
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix

Jimi’s gettin real spiritual here: he’ll see you in the afterlife if he doesn’t see you anymore.

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We come from the land of the ice and snow
From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow
Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin

An explanation for this song is that it is from the point of view of Vikings invading England or some other island. Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark) is a cold region of ice and snow:

It is a place so close to the Arctic circle that the sun may not set at all some nights, and a region that contains hot springs like this one:

Either that, or Led Zeppelin just made up a fictional land.

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See, I am funky fresh and poetry is my opinion
Taking out you suckers while the Scott La Rock is spinning
Dope Beat by Boogie Down Productions

KRS is dope and new, and his lyrics are how he sees things. He spits rhymes over the beats crafted by Scott La Rock, who is DJing on the turntables (spinnin)

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And by the way it's Scott La Rock on the wheels of steel Dope Beat by Boogie Down Productions

Scott La rock was the DJ for BDP, Wheels of Steel = turntables

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Or turning poetry into cash for 87 Dope Beat by Boogie Down Productions

KRS is makin money off of his raps, during the year of the album’s release (1987)

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