A lotta niggas never wore gold
Til they went gold
Never rocked platinum
Til they went platinum

from Crooked I – Boss Lyrics on Rap Genius


Crook pokes fun at rappers who never made big money before they started rapping — i.e. they never wore expensive jewelry (made of metals like gold or platinum) before they became big-selling rap artists. “Gold” and “platinum” are Recording Industry Association of America certification for 500,000 and 1,000,000 units sold, respectively. Crooked, by implicit contrast, had plenty of money from various street-level activities before becoming a successful rapper

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