Cause every level I examined from A&R to zigga zigga
Prove a MC ain't got a God damn clue
The Best Part by J-Live

The frustrations in hiphop come from all angles. Artists and Repertoire (A&R) divisions at record labels who mis-manage artist development are notorious for their lack of knowledge and care for hiphop. Artists themselves are sometimes no better…

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If I ain't have the stomach for it I'd have been passed through The Best Part by J-Live

What has happened to hiphop sickens him, but he’s tough enough to ‘stomach it’.

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I do the knowledge to the game from a bird's eye view The Best Part by J-Live

J is hovering over the whole industry and critiquing it from above.

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But it's still the proverbial sad clown of music
Exploited by many, understood by few
The Best Part by J-Live

Another deep line. Hip hop is indeed a metaphorical ‘sad clown’, used by industries and individuals to make money but, in its essence, largely misunderstood.

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For a artform to spread from East to Westside
The coast the hemisphere, look how hip-hop grew
The Best Part by J-Live

A neat summary of hiphop’s growth, from a local Bronx phenomenon in New York city, to the West coast of the USA, to the entire planet.

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Supreme mathematics is now the translator The Best Part by J-Live

Another reference to the Nation of Gods and Earths (see above).

This is the mathematics that the Wu are always referring to.

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My history, daily renewed on it's equator The Best Part by J-Live

A deep line. Each day is a renewal of his life’s journey, as each day comes with new opportunities.

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Ten years, ten crates and ten rhyme books later The Best Part by J-Live

A nice example of anaphora (repeating a word at the beginning of a phrase) to explain his development in time, rhymes and records (which were typically stored in old crates).

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Chorus: {*scratched*}
"Like this in the place y'all; it's like this y'all, ya don't stop"
"I make it happen" ... "On the mic"
"Do things for the kids" -] Prodigy
"Like this in the place y'all; it's like this y'all, ya don't stop"
"I make it happen" ... "On the mic"
"God Bless the child that can write his own rhymes"
The Best Part by J-Live

Scratching. you don’t hear it much in hiphop anymore, but it’s a fundamental feature of the culture.

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So hip-hop was the vessel that convinced my heart
Space and time make today's sun, tommorow's star; The Best Part
The Best Part by J-Live

I love how J goes from factual, biographical narrative into full blown poetry. The metaphor here is that hip hop was the means through which he could express his emotions (vessel for his heart).

He continues to say how time, physics and natural forces turn the ‘sun’ of today into the ‘star’ of tomorrow — a metaphor for his own growth from fledging hip-hopper into flourishing MC.

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