So just for y'all too, and I can't forget the Haitians
Here for an education,
Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins) by Shad 1

Shad brings up another group of immigrants, those hailing from Haiti. Haitians often leave their extreme poverty in their home country to move to America for a better life, somewhere that they can flourish, get educated, and make money to their names.

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Make reservations
Since we out here, since they made reservations for
First Nations and they never made reparations
The Natives probably relate more to immigration
Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins) by Shad 1

A play on the word reservations and it’s meanings, to make a reservation means to pre-arrange seating in a restaurant, while First Nations reservations, or reserves, are plots of land given to a Native community that only they can use.

The First Nations people have been treated very poorly in the history of North America, often forced to fight in wars that weren’t their own, and treated poorly in society.

Because of all of this, many Natives feel that they aren’t a part of their country, almost quarantined within the reserves. Shad is pointing out that when Natives leave the reserve and try and make it in other parts of their country, they still feel like immigrants as their society is so different and they are treated as aliens.

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See Samir came here to grind, and he slaved at
Every minimum wage job, but he saved that
Brought his sis here on scholarship to make stacks
Working as a surgeon she bought a whip, and payed cash
No time to whine, we just face facts
Lets fit 6 in the back and lets take that
To the best restaurants,
Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins) by Shad 1

Shad tells the story of a man named Samir, unknown if he is real or a hypothetical example of an immigrant, who came to Canada with his sister to make a new life for himself.

This is a quick look into what immigrants go through; if they work hard in their new home, they will eventually fit into society and do well in life.

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Folks that know the game, not in class to clown
Had the funny accent, look who's laughing now
Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins) by Shad 1

Shad is shouting out the immigrants that work hard, know how to make a buck, and stay focused.

Back when Shad himself went to school in London, Ontario, a predominately white area, he was frequently teased because he was different. People would laugh at his accent when he was on the bottom, but now he laughs back at those bullies who haven’t come close to the success Shad has achieved.

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It's a little shout to my black and brown Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins) by Shad 1

Black and brown represent the skin colour of immigrants, most notably immigrants hailing from Africa or places in Asia. Shad himself is black, with family ties in both Kenya and Rwanda, among other African countries.

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From donated clothes, to caps and gowns Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins) by Shad 1

“Donated clothes” symbolizes extreme poverty, so much so that affording one’s own clothes would be near impossible. “Caps and gowns” symbolizes success, most notable worn by college students as they are graduating and becoming independent in the world. This is a classic example of a rags to riches story.

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October 11th, 2013

In canada there is also clothes hampers donated to refugees and immigrants.

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[Not bad huh, for some immigrants] Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins) by Shad 1

Sampling Jay-Z’s line off of The Throne’s “Otis”, which in turn is a line directly taken from the 1983 crime film Scarface.

Shad is relating the line to the overall theme of this song, noting how far Shad and his family have come since immigrating from Rwanda to Canada, starting out from nothing to becoming internationally known rapper.

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November 1st, 2013

Should read “becoming AN internationally known rapper."
-GrammarNazi #yourewelcome

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Gotta stay raw with the flow that I'm diagnosed with Trampoline by Hopsin

While some would find Hopsin’s talents a gift, he classifies his flow and overall skills as an MC a curse. Now that the world knows his potential, Hop has to keep rapping to the best of his abilities to not let his fans down.

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April 16th, 2014

“diagnosed with” doesn’t mean his talent is something negative, its just basic “I’m so sick” talk

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A dangerous necessity, I came here to wreck emcees Trampoline by Hopsin

Hopsin is addicted to verbally destroying emcees with his lyrical skills. He understands how good he is, and sets out to make sure that his opponents feel that.

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Present for the present state to never let it come around The Times by Apollo Brown (Ft. Oddisee)

Oddisee hopes that people can figure out their issues now, believing that it will benefit the future greatly. If people find their voice, oppression and tyranny will never be able to affect them down the road.

Interesting wordplay on the different uses of present; one as in gift, one as in current times.

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