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Fat Jon is asking us what side of Cincinnati (the Queen City) we’re from. Cincinnati is a city that is very split between the east and west sides. The east side is much more wealthy and nice, while the west side is filled with poverty and crime (causing Cincinnati to be ranked as one of the United State’s most dangerous cities.

Anyone who’s from Cincinnati takes great pride of it, and since every member of Five Deez went to school at Walnut Hills High School on the west side, I’m assuming that’s what they’re repping.

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Mozart was an austrian and one of the most famous classical musicians known for his famous symphonies. One Be Lo is saying he makes art just like Mozart by saying hip hop is just like that high art form, comparing it to the 1988 posse cut “The Symphony” by Marley Marl, Craig G, Masta Ace, Kool G. Rap, and Big Daddy Kane.

Hmmm, maybe the two genres aren’t as different as we think…

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S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. is the third album by One Be Lo. The acronym S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. stands for “Sounds Of Nahshid Originate Good Rhymes And Music” (Nahshid Sulaiman is One Be Lo’s government name).

A Sonogram is another word for an ultrasound, and is a computerized picture taken using sound waves, mostly of the baby inside a pregnant female. It is also a graph representing a sound, showing the distribution of energy at different frequencies.

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As Blu describes throughout the whole song, he doesn’t have enough money for himself, much less raise a kid! He’s also unsatisfied with the life he’s freely lived up to the point of having a child, because once that happens, he has a burden on himself for eternity that is always somewhat restricting his freedom.

He really shouldn’t have a kid right now:
https://twitter.com/HerFavColor/status/234853454365990912

He will have a child that he can’t afford to raise, and when he has a child, he’s going to feel like he’s lost his opportunity to do anything with his life.

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Although Guru means teacher, for the rapper, it is also cleverly backronym that normally stands for “Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal”.

Sometimes (as he did in this line) he would say that the backronym stands for “God is Universal; he is the Ruler Universal”, which are both references to the teachings of the Nation of Gods and Earths (also known as the Five-Percenters).

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Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) was an American Actor known for his roles in The Petrified Forest, The Maltese Falcon, and Casablanca. He was known to be a gangster, because he often got re-occurring roles as such.

The American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema, so Guru is probably saying one of two things:

  1. When he gets on the mic, he is known to spit gangster raps
  2. He is the best to ever get up on a mic or perform on a stage.

OR From urban dictionary:

bogart
(slang verb) To keep something all for oneself, thus depriving anyone else of having any. A slang term derived from the last name of famous actor Humphrey Bogart because he often kept a cigarette in the corner of his mouth, seemingly never actually drawing on it or smoking it. Often used with weed or joints but can be applied to anything.
“Don’t bogart that blunt man, pass that over here!”

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The Qur'an describes Jihad as a system of checks and balances, as a way that Allah set up to “check one people by means of another.” When one person or group transgresses their limits and violates the rights of others, Muslims have the right and the duty to “check” them and bring them back into line.

Muslims believe that you should never fight unprovoked, so Guru is the most humble, but if you provoke him, watch out!

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The Gambino Crime Family is a organized crime organization named after Carlo Gambino (pictured below) in 1910. They mafia group is known for money laundering, extortion, gambling and prostitution.

As Guru describes in JFK 2LAX, he’s tired of seeing the African American community being treated terribly by cops and thrown in prisons for no good reason. This is why he loves to see black criminals fight back at the system, and send a message.

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Robert DeNiro is an actor who played Sam ‘Ace" Rothstein in the 1999 movie Casino. In the movie, DeNiro makes fortunes making money off of casinos and gambling illegally, and higher up criminals are impressed by him as he climbs criminal ranks.

Guru, like DeNiro in Casino never falls off as he climbs the ranks of rap, and he will always keep impressing with his MCing skills.

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This is one of a few lines on the album that actually mentions the word “Illmatic”. Here’s another. As for the meaning of Illmatic, Nas went Inside the Lines with Rap Genius and revealed that it was a QB slang word for something that was the absolute illest, and was also a reference to his incarcerated friend Illmatic Ice.

Like another line in this song, “vocabulary spills I’m ill” was sampled in Big L’s “Ebonbics”.

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"Who said the lost boys a never be found" (Hodgy Beats – Cookie Coma) | pending

was it interesting?

"These BG's see me on tv / And better not mistake me for n..." (Ludacris – Side of Town (Oh Lets Do It)) | pending

Just make this the xplanation for the “These BG’s see me on TV” line and possibly for the next one, because there’s two completely unexplained lines about his.44

Common also used this line in “The Food”.

"Don't let me lose you, I'm not trying to confuse you / Wh..." (50 Cent – Patiently Waiting) | accepted

This also is a reference to “Gimme the Loot” by The Notorious B.I.G. when him and his friend see people in an Isuzu and decide to rob and shoot thru the car.

Just in case the “geniuses” are extremely uninformed:

There’s a famous scene in Boyz N The Hood where they talk about how the government puts gun and liquor stores on every block, because they want the ghetto “niggers” to kill each other off.

Little known fact: When J. Cole made the instrumental, he sampled Duration, Pt. 9 by Sixtoo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pzdBBdEEW8

"I'm tryin' to make a dollar out of fifteen cents" (2Pac – Keep Ya Head Up) | accepted

Could also mean he’s he has a dime and nickel, a $5 bag of weed and a $10 bag of weed . He is trying to get money out of those two bags of weed, the figurative 15 cents.

"Let me start off this letter saying I don't like you / Sc..." (Kendrick Lamar – I Hate You) | rejected

he’s scared of dying but he’s doing whatever it takes to survive.

America wasn’t a country in 1553, and slavery of African Americans in the colonies didn’t start til 1619