I press on like Lee
I stan' like Lee, while you stagger like Lee

from Common (Ft. Ynot) – Chapter 13 (Rich Man vs. Poor Man) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Ynot explains his propensity to stand while others stagger with a bewildering array of references:

  1. Lee Press-On nails

  2. Comic book icon Stan Lee

  3. The folk hero “Stagger Lee”, hero of many a murder song. Musical versions of his tale exist by artists ranging from Mississippi John Hurt to Huey Lewis and the News. The story of the song (Stagger Lee shoots and kills Billy over a gambling debt/woman/etc.) is possibly based on the 1895 murder of William “Billy” Lyons by Stagger Lee Shelton. Hear the famous Lloyd Price version of the song here

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