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Omen’s saying that he’s the best from his city, Chicago, a pretty ballsy statement given it spawned Common, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and Twista, just to name a few.

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Cole lets us know he’s about to go

Jokes aside, pay attention to Cole’s use of multi-syllabic rhymes, assonance, and alliteration in the next few lines. They exemplify why Cole got so many people’s attention when he first came on the scene: his ability to seamlessly combine intricate lyricism with poignant subject matter.

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Due date on rebuttals has been extended to Friday, February 21, at noon.

"Decisions, decisions / In case this is war, then I load u..." (Justin Timberlake – TKO (Black Friday Remix)) | accepted

Cole plays with the word miss here in a few ways:

  1. It ties in with the idea of shooting he previously established. So not only is Cole going to make every shot hit, he’s going to be so thorough that everyone who wants to take a shot is guaranteed to hit.

  2. A reference to Kendrick’s lines on Control where he says he wants to make fans never want to hear another word from other rappers. By making people not miss Kendrick, Cole’s saying that not only is he not going to let Kendrick show him up like that, but he’s going to do exactly that to Kendrick.

"45's playin'" (Nas – Stillmatic (The Intro)) | accepted

Also refers to 45 caliber guns. So the sound of shootouts is going on in the background.

"And when I get back home / Get your ass up out the throne" (Jay Z – Who Shot Ya (Freestyle)) | accepted

Possible shot at Nas from before the beef became public.

Also refers to musical scales, which are a warm up method for musicians. Cole’s saying he’s got the skill to skip the warm up stuff and get straight to the serious practice.

"Sailboat wouldn't survive in the ocean of my tears" (Lupe Fiasco – SLR 3 (Round of Applause)) | pending

Maybe a little redundant, but Lupe’s tears aren’t just tears of sadness; they’re tears of anger, too. Since he’s angry, his tears are angry, and the sea made of them is angry, as oppose to calm.

"Cole" (Wale – Winter Schemes) | accepted

Also plays off coal, which Santa’s known to give naughty children.

"I put my brothers on, divide the pie for it" (Big KRIT – Multi Til The Sun Die) | accepted

pi is an infinite, nonrepeating decimal, so to divide by pi is technically an impossible task. So KRIT is saying that he’s willing to do the impossible for his friends.

"Grab a paper, hey kid, you gotta pay for that" (J. Cole – New York Times) | accepted

Additionally, Cole casts himself as a journalist earlier in the verse, so his music could be his version of the New York Times. While Cole wants people to hear about what he’s talking about, he does need to be paid for it because otherwise he won’t be able to support himself and continue to report/make music.

"The first album freedoms and them fourth album pressures ..." (J. Cole – Let Nas Down (Remix)) | accepted

Additionally, while Cole World wasn’t Cole’s fourth album, it was his fourth LP release, with The Come Up, The Warm Up, and Friday Night Lights all preceding it. So both Cole’s and Nas' fourth release was viewed as a commercial sellout, further underlining the similarity between the two strengthening Nas' statement that he can relate.