Mash in your grill
And potato smash
Style Wars by Jean Grae (Ft. Block McCloud)

Play on the name of the food, “mashed potatos”…you can also peel potatoes

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Tariq Without a Doubt by The Roots (Ft. Lady B)

Black Thought’s real name is Tariq Trotter

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Y'all could not be just like me if y'all was my twin D.E.E.P. by Outkast (Ft. Andre 3000 & Big Boi)

Even if André had a twin that looked exactly like him and even had the same exact DNA, he would still be unique enough to differentiate himself from his twin and be viewed as his own person.

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I grab my tablet and get busy with the pen D.E.E.P. by Outkast (Ft. Andre 3000 & Big Boi)

Dre uses his rap to fight the stereotypes just described

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Y'all think I'm stupid cause I shoots 'em up like cupid D.E.E.P. by Outkast (Ft. Andre 3000 & Big Boi)

André addresses one of the many black stereotypes here: that most black people participate in gun violence and shoot each other with guns like Cupid shoots his arrows. Not only that, but they feel like the reason that blacks shoot each other is they are less intelligent and don’t understand the consequences of their actions.

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Bloody old chap and in this head of mine is full of naps D.E.E.P. by Outkast (Ft. Andre 3000 & Big Boi)

André has “nappy”, or Afro-textured hair, something that he associates with black pride since most Caucasian’s hair does not grow like that. Dre implores his brothers and sisters to stop straightening their nappy hair to look “whiter” and to stay true to their roots.

Other members of the black community have addressed the problem as well. For example, Chris Rock focused on the hair styles of black women and how it affected society in his documentary Good Hair.

And Kenyan model Ajuma Nasenyana similarly asked her fellow Kenyans to embrace their own African beauty instead of trying to conform to the standards of other communities.

It seems that the world is conspiring in preaching that there is something wrong with Kenyan ladies’ kinky hair and dark skin… it’s not OK for a Caucasian to tell us to lighten our skin. I have never attempted to change my skin. I am natural. People in Europe and America love my dark skin. But here in Kenya, in my home country, some consider it not attractive… when you flip through fashion magazines like Vogue and only see white models, then you get the feeling on what is happening to black models. It is not fair"

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Don't be trying to sunbathe D.E.E.P. by Outkast (Ft. Andre 3000 & Big Boi)

White people tend to criticize those with darker skin, yet they still go tanning in the summer to make their skin darker. Somewhat hypocritical.

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[Verse 3: André 3000] D.E.E.P. by Outkast (Ft. Andre 3000 & Big Boi)

Dre is about to launch one of the most scathing attacks on the popular consciousness' stereotypes of his people, as primarily represented in the media.

Seriously, sit back, and try to relax — you’re about to get ripped a new one.

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Oh, and it seems that I make babies like a rabbit
And then never taking care of them has just become a habit
D.E.E.P. by Outkast (Ft. Andre 3000 & Big Boi)

Rabbits reproduce rapidly; their pregnancies only last around a month, and they can get re-impregnated minutes after giving birth (source). So here, André is attacking the stereotype that most black men impregnate multiple partners then leave the mother to raise the kid on their own. This stereotype is supported by rappers like The Notorious B.I.G. who rap about how their father left them at a young age, as well as stories like Antonio Cromartie’s 10 kids with 8 different women before he had to get a vasectomy. The general public hears stories like the one about Cromartie and tries to apply it to the entire population, which simply isn’t fair.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpSwaVclOgU

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But no I don't because I don't be having funds
The gold that I am wearing is really made out of bronze
It weighs a ton and making my neck turn green
D.E.E.P. by Outkast (Ft. Andre 3000 & Big Boi)

When most people see André wearing golden jewelry they assume that it is actually counterfeit and made of the less valuable bronze — solely because he is black, and they don’t think a young black man should have enough money to buy nice things. Bronze is heavier than gold which explains why his neck would “weigh a ton”, and it also turns green as it corrodes (that’s why the Statue of Liberty is now green).

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