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How To Survive 15 Minutes of Fame by Mikill Pane

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At the time, Jagged Edge was signed with SoSo Def Recordings, founded by Jermaine Dupri. The label moved around a lot, from Columbia to Arista to Virgin, etc. In 2002, Jagged Edge stuck with Columbia.

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Third shout out to SoSo Def Recordings

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From Genesis Be:
As for the chorus, I was out and about in Harlem a few weeks back with my friend Emily. I was in a drug store looking for tampons and pain relievers. I was frustrated that they weren’t in the same isle and I could not find them quickly. The clerk asked what I needed and I started singing “Tampons & Tylenol, Tampons & Tylenol pleassssse” lol.

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In the second verse I’m simply speaking about how ILL I am at what I do as an emcee. I’m talking about the same old cliché shit, groupies, ice, money, Rolex and cars. Just basically snapping out and showing off, proving that as a woman I can easily out rap the next… effortlessly.

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The first verse starts off like your average rap song you hear on top radio stations today, I’m objectifying a woman. I speak about her body parts… in detail and how she dances to my song. Towards the end of the verse I begin to explore other facets of the same woman, painting a picture of an ambitious intelligent hustler…“She work two jobs, goes to Class, Poppin' Tags.. Shoppin' bags, she a BOSS” In the same verse, I warn the weak man that he may get lost if he fails to understand the power of the woman, if he only focuses on her sex appeal… he can and will be played. “If P**SY is a WEAPON then shawty got that ATOMIC” In this line I’m basically comparing a woman’s sexual power to the most powerful weapon known to man. Self explanatory. BOOOOM!

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Almost threw up on the hunt for this picture. In other words, don’t Google Image the bubonic plague.

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He will forever obey is grandmother, who raised him and made him the man he is.

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Interestingly, “I’m on fire” also appears in On Fire, of which the first line is a reference to Proof

"Yesterday my dog died" (Eminem – On Fire) | pending

In Difficult, a song about Proof, Eminem refers to his friend as “dog” (see Verse 3)

I find it interesting that @Iceberg writes, “So to be revolutionary to the point of unpopularity in the rap game is something that’s almost scoffed at.” Rather, I think what you meant by, “On the flip side though, if you don’t get any likes — you’re probably on to something,” is a more accurate understanding of what’s considered quality in today’s world.

Consider the underground music scene and, even more so, the rise of hipster culture; to be unpopular, out of the mainstream, is a kind of badge of honor. Especially in the rap industry, catchy hooks and beats is what gets you more likes and higher on the Billboard. But I think most RapGenius users can agree that the more popular raps by the most popular artists are not necessarily the best representation of “good” rap. There is a community of rap enthusiasts who value lyrics over beats and, in that sense, it is understood that mainstream rap is sorely lacking.

I noticed that several of the rappers you reference in your art are in the mainstream, the ones with the most likes. Jay-Z is well known everywhere, but other (arguably more lyrically talented) rappers (e.g., Nas, Mos Def) less so (the RG community notwithstanding). Hov himself disucsses in “Moment of Clarity” how his words are not necessarily at the same level as some other rappers but at least it’s getting him somewhere in terms of fame and money.

If skills sold, truth be told, I’d probably be
Lyrically Talib Kweli
Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense
But I did 5 mill' — I ain’t been rhyming like Common since

This concept that no likes = should be liked is even more emphasized in this new wave of gaining fame: YouTube. Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen — ridiculously popular and yet the overall discourse around them and their music, generally negative. Additionally, the whole “I knew them before they were famous” thing is evidence of how the world is gradually devaluing mainstream fame by putting the lesser known and the underground on a pedestal.

"Giving the time to write rhymes / But I find truth at a q..." (Ed Sheeran & Yelawolf – You Don't Know (For Fuck's Sake)) | pending

The verse was written by Ed, not Yela so the above comment is unlikely

First line in this first is a quote from Children’s Story

"I still got a rucksack with the old clothes" (Ed Sheeran – You Need Me, I Don't Need You (Remix)) | accepted

Ed’s getting bigger and bigger by the day and despite tours across the States and festivals all over Europe, he’s still the same kid he was when he moved to London at 16 with nothing just to make his career.

"Ever since Eve took the Apple off the snake" (Devlin – Our Father) | accepted

Since she unleashed all the world’s sins, nothing has been as God intended. (see: Adam and Eve Genesis 3)

"Warming their hands with a flickering flame of their ligh..." (Devlin – Community Outcast) | pending

Also, “kids” with lighters really tells you more about this community

"I said you need 3 man I don't need 2" (Ed Sheeran – You Need Me, I Don't Need You (Remix)) | accepted

Also a play on his name “Wretch 32” (read as three-two not thirty two)