But I switched it for a Mille
Cause I’m richer and prior to this shit was moving free base)

from Kanye West (Ft. Jay Z) – Gotta Have It Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Franck Muller is the proclaimed “master of complications”, but Richard Mille is the next level of watch design with unique design, high-tech materials, and ultra-innovative architecture. Franck Muller watches can costs 20+ thousands of dollars, but are not quite as unique or exclusive as the Mille pieces, which start at ~$70K and can climb up to $1 million. Mueller and Mille both use the “Cintrée Curvex” shape that most people associate with Franck Muller. Naturally Jay Z is richer, so why not get the best and most exclusive precision timepiece money can buy

The words ‘richer’ and ‘prior’ are a reference to comedian Richard Pryor. He suffered severe burns in 1980 in a mysterious fire that some (including Pryor himself at the time) attributed to his freebasing of cocaine. As it turns out, the fire was actually an unsuccessful suicide attempt. It additionally serves as a references to Jay’s drug-dealing days.

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