Taken from The Chronic era phrase from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, G’s up, hoes down. G’s means any gangsters, but Wayne is talking specifically about the bloods.
Similar to “man the fuck up”, since both Wayne and The Game would agree the bloods are the toughest gang.
If a fan is really into Lupe’s music they will try to rationalize why some of his weaker songs or lines were actually great. However, Lupe knows exactly what he was trying to say, and if he knows that he only made a bad point because he had nothing else to say, it haunts him.
It doesn’t look like Eminem is going to end up with a 40 by the time he’s 40 years old anymore. This song is almost a time capsule of the drug-addict blonde haired Slim Shady, which allows us to compare him to the sobered up Marshall after his rehab. The anger from his drug addict Marshall Mathers LP days are gone mostly, but he seems like he’s in a better place.
Also a metaphor for the people who are still getting by, but haven’t gotten out of the problem (water) yet, so they are just staying above the surface.
He is also saying that it is going to be very difficult for the Katrina victims to recover. However, in some cases you can’t get over the disaster, and you just have to move on.
6 syllables rhymed without dramatic slurring. Eminem just can’t do this anymore.
Immortal Technique also refers to this line in the bonus track with Diabolic on the hidden track with “Dance with the Devil”.
Chemically bomb you, fuck using a chrome piece,
I’m Illmatic, you won’t make it home like Jerome’s niece
If the story is true, Nas said this line before the song started, because it was his first take of his first verse on a studio album. He was just talking to himself trying to get amped up. DJ Premier could barely get everyone to start recording in time, but Nas spit arguably his best verse on the entire album in Illmatic’s first verse.
CUFI stands for Christians United for Israel. The groupies would be all over him like a yarmulke.