Timbaland – Say Something | accepted

“Californication. The life” in Drake’s verse is clearly wrong. It should be “Californication of life”. A play on both TV comedy drama and the word “fornication”, which means pre-marital sex. What’s famous that’s also in California? Hollywood, famous for its sordidness.

"Which makes me saneless" (Lupe Fiasco – Dumb it Down) | rejected

Saneless = not in your right mind, or not using your head. But Lupe has already established that he has no head! Clever!

"Or foreplay-less sex is," (Lupe Fiasco – Dumb it Down) | rejected

I think he’s saying it like this: Foreplay-less sex = no kind of freaking around before sex; getting straight to it. Foreplay usually involves oral sex, or giving head (headless). So if he’s headless like foreplay-less sex is, he’s just saying he’s not playing around, he’s getting straight to the point. No beating around the bush like other “rappers” do. Ya feel?

"Don't snort the white horse, but toot my own horn" (Lupe Fiasco – Dumb it Down) | accepted

Lupe doesn’t do drugs, since he’s a Muslim and believes in following his own faith devoutly. Good for you, Lu!

"Writer of the white powder," (Lupe Fiasco – Dumb it Down) | rejected

“White powder” here means “cocaine.” However, Lupe is claiming he is the “writer” of this white powder. What he means is that his music has the addictive quality of drugs.

Kanye West milked this metaphor for all it was worth with his strikingly deep song “Crack Music” off of 2005’s Late Registration.

"Something really stinks," (Lupe Fiasco – Dumb it Down) | rejected

The Sphinx in Egypt, which Lupe channels in the next two lines, has no nose!!

Hmmm… Lupe must have it. I hated that game when I was young!!

"Or lying/lion in the desert" (Lupe Fiasco – Dumb it Down) | rejected

Leon Spinx is known because he toppled the champ, and the Sphinx is known in myth for speaking nearly impossible riddles and possessing deep and secret knowledge. Lupe may be saying that he has the qualities of both those figures.

"But I Sphinx like Leon" (Lupe Fiasco – Dumb it Down) | accepted

A double reference to Leon Spinx, the boxer who took away Muhammad Ali’s championship title, and the Sphinx, the giant, wonderful statue of Egypt.

"Who's also Klingon," (Lupe Fiasco – Dumb it Down) | rejected

Nice Star Trek reference!

"To infinity and beyond" (Lupe Fiasco – Dumb it Down) | rejected

Keeping the space theme going, Lupe quotes the Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear’s signature phrase, “To infinity and beyond!”