Black excellence, opulence, decadence
Tuxes next to the president, I’m present
I dress in Dries and other boutique stores in Paris

from Kanye West (Ft. Jay Z) – Murder to Excellence Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Jay-Z is a successful black man in America in the throes of a luxurious midlife — he hangs with Obama, travels the globe, shops at the Dries van Noten boutique in Paris, etc. Hov jokingly mispronounces “Paris” as “pa-REESE” here to keep up the rhyme scheme (Parisians themselves generally say it something like this)

Note also the phrase “black tie” here, a concept Kanye puns on later in the song

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