Originally Posted by EnoughSaid
Making sure my punctuation curve, every letter here's true, living my life in the margin, and that metaphor is true.
this line went over my head on GKMC until I read it on Rap Genius.
"Kendrick poetically justifies why his writing is vital to hip-hop. To explain this, he sneaks 4 literary mechanisms into the inner-workings of his rhymes (punctuation, letter, margin, metaphor):
“make sure my punctuation is curved”, i.e. a comma, which is curved, instead of a period, which would signify a full stop. i.e. Kendrick doesn’t stop!
Kendrick “lives his life in the margin”, which is literally the small blank space at the end of the lines he writes. Metaphorically he lives his life in the periphery outside the masses.
The genius of that metaphor proves his dedication to his craft and proves his raps are beyond average.
“Proof,” as in proofread. One often writes in the margin of the page when he or she is proofreading. But also, a mathematical ‘proof’ to show the answer and conclusion to your equation. Looks like Kendrick’s equation here is sound"
Kendrick is underrated writer.