So every other DJ they was bound to skip The Best Part by J-Live

The inferior quality of Gemini decks means that they are likely to skip when scratching and cueing records. But not for J! He has the skills to use them without skipping.

Note (for really young readers): skipping is what would happen to a needle on a vinyl record when knocked or upset to violently.

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Saved up - got my first Gemini starter kit
Like Rocky - these hands train on the cheap shit
The Best Part by J-Live

A lot of heads got into hip hop through DJing, the backbone of hip hop culture. The industry standard turntables are the Technics 1200 or 1210 model, virtually indestructible and featuring a high enough torque to allow for heavy abuse and scratching.

Gemini made a cheap knock off copy that were far less expensive, but inferior. A lot of kids will have started off on ‘cheap shit’ like this before getting the real deal.

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GZA said it, this is not a eighty-five affair The Best Part by J-Live

Double shout out here. 1)To GZA the Genius and the Wu-Tang clan and 2) to the Nation of Gods and Earths. This group believes that 85 per cent of the population are blind to knowledge of themselves and God (a belief supported by Wu-Tang members). 10% of the people know the truth, but teach a lie for their personal gain,

The remaining 5% are the Poor Righteous Teachers—those who do not subscribe to the teachings of the 10%, believing that God is the ‘Asiatic Blackman’.

Basically, J is saying that this song, and his career, and true hip hop, is not for the blinkered 85 per cent.

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July 28th, 2013

Referencing this GZA lyric from his critically acclaimed debut in 1995, Liquid Swords.

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Mastered all possible tactics of pause mix The Best Part by J-Live

Heads of a certain vintage will appreciate this nostalgic reference to using two cassette decks to make ‘pause mix’ mixtapes. It was a long and arduous process from the pre mp3, pre CD days.

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It's the grand openin of a long career
That's been, planned and developed for about ten years
Let the scene blur out; selector, press rewind
Just to show 'em who flat top groove in eighty-nine
Thirteen, still lacking b-ball skills to shine
But I got mine when I went home to write rhymes
The Best Part by J-Live

J is in full storytelling mode here. He outlines the path that has led him to where he is, from an awkward adolescent to a confident and polished MC.

Selector is a reference to the DJ. An MC would tell the ‘selector’ what to do, usually when a song was so good that it needed to be rewound to the beginning.

J subsequently rewinds the scene back to 1989, when flat top haircuts were fashionable and he was but a young teenager.

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True school styles light up the night like Times Square The Best Part by J-Live

Not Old School, Not New School, but True School. J is on a timeless tip.

Note: Another song from this album is called ‘Timeless’.

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MC's out there, head down and listen here
It's J-Live and I brought Premier
The Best Part by J-Live

J-Live announces himself with confidence, stating that the beat has been produced by DJ Premier (a respected producer of classic beats).

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That girl's from school, that girl's from college
That girl gives brains, that girl gives knowledge
I Luv U by Dizzee Rascal

More anaphora. Dizzee throws us into a dizzying (excuse the pun) whirlwind of girls. Some from school, some from college (6th form in the UK), some who offer oral sex (brains), some who you can learn from (knowledge).

To call them all that girl creates almost a frenzy of familiarity.

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September 8th, 2013

knowledge and brain both mean head in London
He names 5 different slangs for head in a row brain knowledge head shines and straight bjs

example I met that girl yesterday she gave me some of her knowledge

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Switch your girl with Michelle
Switch Michelle with Chantelle
Play Chantelle with Shanell
I Luv U by Dizzee Rascal

I think this is brilliant. He uses anaphora (the repetition of a word at the beginning of phrases) to emphasise how many switches he’s making between different girls. But then he switches up the word ‘switch’ with ‘Play’, which makes the whole activity seem more playful. It’s subtle, but effective.

This is reinforced by the wordplay on names, which are rhyming and similar in syllabic structure, but variants on eachother. To Dizzee, and his playboy ways, these girls are all just one playful blur.

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Listen, I like your girl so you better look after your girl
Or I might just take your girl and make your girl my girl
I Luv U by Dizzee Rascal

This is solid MCing. The repetition of ‘your girl’ and ‘my girl’ creates an aural representation of how Dizzee intends to switch girls around in his life. His freewheeling flow corresponds to the freewheeling nature of the exploits he describes.

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