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Hi, would you please tell me what is the meaning of rock and mother in the following text?

Now let me tell you a story'bout a man named Jan

Gonna rock you into justice like no other mother can

Thanks

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It is written in ungrammatical slang language. It is simulating rap lyrics. It is a footnote in this Cornell Law Review article.

Robert F. Blomquist, Bottomless Pit: Toxic Trials the American Legal Profession and Popular Perceptions of the Law , 81 Cornell L. Rev. 953 (1996)
Available at: https://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/clr/vol81/iss4/3

Typically "mother" is used euphemistically for an obscenity for a person. Rock is a strong action (usually associated with the loud music.)

You can infer the meanings from the context, especially if you are careful enough to read the entire report.

Schlichtmann wanted the woman [ Patti D'Addieco] to assemble every medical record of every child plaintiff in the case-" [h] e wanted her to find the report of every visit to a doctor, of every scraped knee, sore throat, and common cold." When the assistant insisted that she could not assemble the complete records of plaintiff Anne Anderson because one of her former doctors was dead, the following command bellowed forth out of Schlichtmann's lungs, reducing his assistant to tears: "I don't care! ... Dig the man out of his *** grave! Go to his widow's house and get them out of the *** basement! Do you think Facher cares why you can't get the medical records?

Footnote:

As humorously related by Harr, Some months later Patti D'Addieco got her revenge. For Schlichtmann's birthday, she wrote a song-the "Schlichtmann Rap"-and sang it to him at the office party.

Now let me tell you a story 'bout a man named Jan
Gonna rock you into justice like no other mother can
You can see it in his smile as he's walkin' into trial
His hands'll be washed and his clothes'll have style
Now I want medical records and I want 'em done right
I don't care if you gotta stay here all night
I want 'em perfect and I want 'em neat
And if you *** 'em up, you be walking on the street.
What, no juice? I made it perfectly clear
That there's always gotta be some juice in here
And it's gotta be natural and it's gotta cost more
Than any other juice in any other store
Now before we end this Schlichtmann rap
Lemme tell ya one more thing 'bout this Schlichtmann chap
He's got a quick tongue and he's got a keen wit
And the best thing about him is he can take this ***.

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Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?

That line is from a fictional parody of rap, so we're three layers deep. Rap is a form of expression characteristic of the inner-city American streets involving extemporaneous rhythmic, rhyming taunts, boasting, invective, praise, etc. This was composed by a fictional character who had no business doing so, and it therefore uses some of the slang maladroitly.

To rock someone is to forcefully move them, literally or figuratively. It is slang of multifarious origin that today usually connotes rock music.

A mother in this context is a mother***er, a man who has intimate relations with his mother. It is vulgar slang. The full form is outrageously vulgar. The short form, "mother", has weakened to the point where it is almost equivalent to the British "bugger", at least in some low circles. It is unacceptable in polite conversation in any form, but it is positively required in rap. It has connotations of "bad mother***er", a dangerous, violent criminal. Its orgin is obvious. Like all slang, its meaning is uncertain.

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