I'm a paint the city red with this one
To “paint the city red” means:
1.) To go on a riotous spree — like that of Marquis of Waterford in 1830 – which is where the phrase originates from. Usually involving parties and drugs taken in binge doses. Similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans — which is where Lil Wayne is from.
2.) To go on a riotous spree of violence — similar to the first meaning in that it usually involves drugs but instead of partying it refers to violence and murder. Basically roaming through the night in a drunken haze — with a nine or a switchblade — starting shit. This is the most common use of the word today.
3..) Lil Wayne is a blood — so this phrase takes another meaning for him. Saying that with this song he is going to speak on his city (New Orleans) and be more personal about it than people usually would — probably because he so inspired by the beat he complimented in the last line. Personal to the point that he “becomes” the city — painting it the color of his soul — which is red because of him being a blood.
The last meaning is the most prominent — but all three meaning are seen as the song continues — making this line very important to the layout of the song.
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