The Top Five Lines Of The Week, #3

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Welcome to "Genius Lines of the Week" our latest feature partnership with Internet's finest rap dictionary Rap Genius. Each week the RG dudes will break down their Top 5 lines of the week.

This week saw the release of one of the most anticipated albums of the year, Nas' Life Is Good. The melancholy, nostalgic look at the rapper's childhood and his recent divorce — perhaps rap's first attempt at a Blood on the Tracks or Here, My Dear — more than lived up to expectations. In addition to Nas the Don, plenty of other great music hit the streets this week as well. In this edition of LOTW, Tanya Morgan's Von Pea takes us back to bright colors and funny haircuts, Mistah F.A.B. learns the alphabet, G. Rap gives us some poly-syllabic craziness, and Freeway gives us a history lesson. Below, the lines of the week:

5. “R.I.P. to Pac, we will not stop, we keep it coming/All about them dead slavemasters on that money” — Freeway, 'Soldier' lyrics Freeway, one of our favorite rappers since his 2000 appearance on Jay-Z's “1-900-Hustler”, keeps up the grind on this new appearance. The poke at America's founding fathers and former Presidents is too good not to pass on — lest we forget, we have had a dozen Presidents who really were slavemasters.

4. “Ain't no trouble — why you mad?/Why you new jacks trying to color me bad?” — Tanya Morgan, 'Whatever That's Mine' lyrics Tanya Morgan's Von Pea made our heads dance with memories of middle-school dances with this reference to early-90's R&B sensations Color Me Badd of “I Wanna Sex You Up” fame. Now we will invariably spend the rest of the day hunting for the “IWSYU” cassingle and our copy of Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know!

3. “They don't know me like Jon B/Then I pulled up with Jon C/In the club, we pop that Dom P/I'm a king, like Rodney” — Mistah F.A.B., 'I'm Heavy' lyrics There's nothing like the use of the alphabet in rhymes to get our heart racing. Here, F.A.B. mentions Jon B's jam “They Don't Know” and Jon C(onnor), his collaborator on this song, in rapid succession to form a minor abecedarian masterpiece.

2. “Due time, I'ma start lying on you stunters/Get white flags, I'll price-tag you swines with a number” — Kool G. Rap, 'Vietnam Kidz' lyrics G. Rap is a true pioneer. Whenever we talk to rappers who have mastered complex, multi-syllable rhymes, the Queens veteran always comes up as a pre-eminent influence. On this new song with Don Streat, G. Rap shows that he hasn't lost a step. The internal and line-ending rhymes, assonance, and imagery in this couplet are up there with his career-best work.

1. “When you're too hood to be in them Hollywood circles/And you're too rich to be in the hood that birthed you” — Nas, 'Reach Out' lyrics These lines present in stark terms one of the central themes on Life Is Good. Nasir spends plenty of time reflecting back on his childhood, while simultaneously realizing that he's now been a successful musician for over twenty years, and thus is pretty far distanced from the projects and street life he remembers so fondly. This poignant bind is explored throughout the record, though sadly (and realistically), the rapper never reaches a resolution.

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