Awww, y'all left out the part where Kanye realizes his grammar is bad and he mentions his mom is an English teacher shakin' her head at him up from heaven for that.
I don’t think I agree to much with the “Kanye West (feat. Jay-Z)” part for this one. This song is definitely basically Jay’s solo. Plus, the Ye-Z group name is “The Throne.”
“Lupe is an Atheist”? LMAO!!! Dude’s Muslim. There’s a big difference!!
“None of us know, the makers of the toast
Like the bottom of the stove that was used in the murdering of the scroll”
This is even more powerful than the previous line and shows Lupe’s more esoteric way of using the English language. The most direct inference you could get from this line is a burnt piece of bread, thanks to “toast” and “stove”, and that’s definitely there. But there’s more, definitely. “Toast” in this reference implies the slang for a “gun”, but more directly infers “a goner”. So “none of us know the makers of the toast” = none of us know who killed Pac, Biggie, Proof… Add to the fact that most of us know never have any clue whose hands manufactured the guns we use to sadly take another person’s life, the line carries an additional melancholic meaning. There’s more, though: “Like the bottom of the stove”… if you keep in mind what directly preceded this, “toast”, you get the other meaning: “toast” as in warming your body next to the heat of the stove!! “Like the bottom of the stove that was used in the murdering of the scroll”… So, keep in mind what I said earlier… the toast that was used in the murdering of the scroll… toast again meaning “gun”… Lupe is again saying we have no clear knowledge of who was responsible for the deaths of legends like 2Pac and Biggie. “murdering of the scroll”… “Scroll” carries an ancient, biblical connotation… Pac and Big are often equated to prophets in the annals of hip-hop… So none of us know who killed our prophets. If you take into account that Lupe is a Muslim as well, then you could reasonably infer he is also saying that “violence is inhibiting the message of the Holy Books”, like the Qur'an, the Bible, etc. And, finally, of course, if you throw a scroll into the fire of an oven, it would burn up (“murdered”).
Crazy, isn’t it?
This explanation isn’t right at all… =/
There’s a much more elaborate explanation for these lines that ties in to the three previous lines as well. I don’t know how to rectify this though… I can’t edit over the existing explanation…
“Clearer than the invisible man in the mirror” is an obvious reference to the Michael Jackson classic “Man in the Mirror”. I’m intrigued that Lupe used “invisible” here (the living dead, like Dracula, don’t have reflections), so perhaps Lu is saying that he hears the children even louder than the monsters do. Also, he could be saying that he has no reflection himself, making himself otherworldly (which will be re-addressed in the final verse). Additionally, when you keep the “Man in the Mirror” Michael Jackson meme in your head, you recall that MJ tells you to first make a change in the world by changing yourself within for the better. It seems that Lupe is saying that he’s already made the necessary change (the change from gangsta rap to conscious rap), so he sees no “man” in the mirror anymore and thus feels his mission is now to help the rest of the world.
One of the best lines on the song.
Actually I’ll put it here…
“I am really in here (hair), they ain’t real like Soul Glo
Don’t you know I’m so sho, them niggas got no Glow
Find a master ‘fore you can come back into the dojo” — All The Way Turnt Up
I am really in here(in hair), they ain’t real like Soul Glo(a hair product used to give black people a curl, unnatural consistency)
Do you know I’m so sho = Sho'Nuff from the movie The Last Dragon reference which ties in with the Soul Glo hair product, because in that movie the main character is trying ot attain the legendary “glow” in his fighting spirit so he can defeat Sho Nuff.
Them niggas got no glow = thye have not attained the glow yet
Find a master ‘fore you can come back into the dojo = Sho'Nuff was a master/leader of his crew in the movie, and the main character(Leroy) also had a master and was an instructor at a dojo,
If you can add these parts to your breakdown it will help to show off Lupe’s genius lol.
The single version released today now has the line go “I sent this BITCH a picture of my dick”
Lyric correction: “Niggas draggin' on the floor, fire in my windpipe” should be: “Mink is draggin’ on the flo', fire in my windpipe”… We got the dragon part right but another definition of “mink” is a half human/half dragon character, as well as of course the “coat” subliminal
Sorry. Some of these weren’t transcribed correctly, and I take full responsibility. That should be all of ‘em though….
Lyric correction: “Walk the roosters, walk the hens” should be “WOKE the roosters, WOKE the hens”