As tempting as the blunt wordplay is I’m pretty sure he says shrunk and not smoked here.
The explanation is correct but it should be the Now Rule Mob, (Now and Rule being the Supreme Alphabet representations of the letters N and R).
All your life you must teach truth
build and born your cipher
as per the Supreme Mathematics.
“It’s Yours” wasn’t a proper Def Jam release. It was the first record with the Def Jam logo though.
But the point here is the bass-heavy production style of Rick Rubin (which would go on to become a signature of early Def Jam) and the scientific rhyme style of T La Rock. It’s obvious from this interview that LL was a big fan.
It’s not a reference to either. Outkast didn’t invent the “heart pumps Kool-Aid” thing. It’s an old phrase meaning shook/cowardly.
Possibly, but more likely rap was his version of blues music, giving him a creative outlet for the pain and frustration of the streets. His father’s generation had jazz and the blues, his generation had Hip Hop.
The explanation is broadly correct but the lyrics are:
React quick, spit lyrics like Macs, I hit your dome up
The “Life’s A Bitch” rapper is not the same AZ who ran with Alpo and Rich Porter and was in Mob Style. Like 50 Cent he took on the name of a famous gangster from an earlier generation.