A great book is never —– never —– about its plot. Please stop worrying about “spoilers.”
Caligula, a Roman Caesar from the first century A.D., was known for both his extravagant cruelty and his occasional epileptic episodes.
Actually it is Christ who says “render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s” — he was asked if the Jews should pay taxes to the Roman emperor, and pointed out that since Caesar’s face was on the coinage, it was only right that money be given “back” to Caesar. The phrase has been, since then, a shorthand for kingly prerogative.
Definitely a reference to the Rick James character played by Dave Chappelle slapping Charlie Murphy after asking him “what did the five fingers say to the face?”
The “tippin scales” ties into the allusion to his plus-sized body in the Chippendales line.
There is a self-deprecating dig in here as well — DOOM doesn’t have the kind of body that sells in magazines and album covers.
“Animal vegetable mineral” a nod to lyrics from Gilbert & Sullivan, “The Major-General’s Song”
Isn’t that “hyper base”, as in fan base? Makes more sense in context.
The line has racial connotations as well — sharecroppers were predominantly black, and the arrangement was almost always exploitative, as black farmers would work the land and then give almost all the proceeds to absentee white landlords. A possible shot at the music industry.
Note that “somebody stop me!” was a catch-phrase from The Mask.