I cannot get the real meaning of this AAVE sentence from rapper Kon Artis, a song lyric transcribed at Genius:

But no Source never made me not buy an album when they say it was wack

Source is the name of a magazine.

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    I edited your question to provide the actual quote and attribution. – Jason Bassford Oct 16 '18 at 4:50

It's confusing because there are so many negatives that don't belong in the sentence and some slang, so it takes some parsing to correct them to standard English. I must admit I also did a double- and triple-take on this before I figured out the meaning.

No Source never made me not buy an album when they say it was wack

First off, let's start by identifying the phrase pattern that is:

No X ever made me do Y.

At the base, it means what it reads. No such X ever made the OP perform an action Y.

Now, apply a double-negative (which is deliberately wrong) to this:

No X never made me do Y.

So what is Y?

...not buy an album when they say it was wack.

So, we know X to be the magazine Source. We know Y to be the negative non-action that is "not buy an album when (Source) said it was "wack"."

So, OP is trying to say that Source magazine, despite a bad review of an album, never made OP not buy it. To phrase it a different way:

Even if Source says the album is bad, I'd still buy it.

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    I think a comma is missing before 'No' ('No, Source never...'). The double-negative isn't no/never, it's never/not. The 'No' is simply introductory, as if the writer of the sentence is answering a question. – Gwendolyn Oct 15 '18 at 23:32
  • @Gwendolyn - missing after 'No' – Martin F Oct 16 '18 at 5:49
  • This is a most confusing answer! – Martin F Oct 16 '18 at 5:50
  • I highly doubt that it is introductory, as that's not its usage in Ebonics, and the source content is lyrics from a rap in a song. – psosuna Oct 16 '18 at 16:58
  • @MartinF Oops! Yes, that's what I meant. Comma after 'No'. :) I'd also say the lyric is even more confusing than the answer! – Gwendolyn Oct 16 '18 at 19:10

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