See he just wanted a jump shot
But they wanted his Starter coat, though
His friend was probably playing basketball with some shady people, and before he knew it, he probably got shagged or something.
Referencing the OTHER trend at the time, which was repping your team on your Starter jacket. And, unfortunately, people were senselessly murdered over this item of clothing, as well as the various types of Nikes.
There is clear pun here on “start a cult,” foreshadowing the critique of consumerism later in the song. However, if you look at the context of the lyrics, it’s clear that he’s describing the climate of Seattle in the early ‘90s and the threat of getting robbed for your gear (Jordans, starter coats, etc.) The lyric has a double meaning, but it is “starter coat.”
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