down by law


Spike Lee, in reference to Malcolm X, says "He is down by law". What does this mean? I also remember a rap song in the 80's of the same name.

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1. paid your dues; earned respect
2. cool with (someone). 'by law' added for emphasis

Oh that's Rick. He's down by law

New York, New York, big city of dreams
But everything in New York ain't always what it seems
You might get fooled if you come from out of town
But I'm down by law, and I know my way around

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5

Whose idea was it for the word "Lisp" to have an "S" in it?

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The song in my reference, I have finally remembered after 25 years, is by M.C. Shan - " Down By Law".

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