There’s also a double meaning to his words, when he says ‘I slang water’ he means he flows, as in he raps, and ‘I slang flour’ he means white powder, as in drugs. So he’s rapping and making drug money, of course he’s gonna ‘get this dough’
I always thought he meant if his mind is working like the rims, he’s always thinking forward, going forward, like the rims.
In the verified video explanation of the chorus, Lupe also goes through the first verse. He clearly states at the end that it wasn’t a demon but rather the colour of his skin so I agree with Lazlo’s suggestion about Lupe speaking from the perspective of those that damned and demonized people of black skin.
^Goddamn I love that comment. These songs, all these songs, from the Cool saga and from Lupe in general, are so much more deeper. The explanations are very concise summaries but I feel that doing that is a disrespected to the man’s art. Lupe uses this concept and these “tales of the Cool” not only to entertain and intrigue but also to send a very important message to EVERYONE caught up chasing the life’s ills, the things that will corrupt and delete your soul.
This is also excellent imagery, as it is thought that the Devil lives and rules an underworld beneath the dirt, so when you pour the liquor onto the ground and soil, it slips down into his home and makes it rain alcohol in hell, where he opens his mouth to drink from the drops. The same could be thought of God crying and making it rain on Earth as he is thought to be up above.
Another point though, I think, is that many rappers (“poets”) actually mention him in their raps (“poems”) as “the game”. Its actually rarer for rappers to talk on the “Devil” specifically or directly. Lupe is using “the game” so many talk about, as a metaphor for the Devil and/or evil.
Play on ‘concentration’ camps that Hitler set up.
This song needs a lot of work…
Its more than a double, it has so many possible interpretations and this whole selection should be broken down, I dont think it can be summarized very well in one explanation cause there’s a lot going on.
Jesus is in the Quran, Muslims see him as a prophet. He’s supposedly mentioned more than Muhammad. “And Jesus is the most quoted prophet in the Quran” -Immortal Tech