Don't matter what the brand name is
I stand behind mine
Seeing as this album was the official (unofficial) soundtrack for the movie ‘American Gangster’, this line is a play on a scene in the movie between Frank Lucas (played by Denzel Washington) and Nicky Barnes (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) Nicky was chopping Frank’s dope down (makes it less quality) and selling it under a new name. Of course, Frank had a problem with this…
Frank: I gotta problem ‘cause I don’t understand why you gotta take something that’s perfectly good and mess it up. See, brand names. Brand names mean something. Understand? Shut the fuck up!
Nicky: Go ahead, Frank. I’m sorry about that bullshit.
Frank: Blue Magic. That’s a brand name. Like Pepsi, that’s a brand name. I stand behind it. I guarantee it. They know that, even if they don’t know me any more than they know the chairman of General Mills.
Nicky: What the fuck are you talking about, Frank?
Frank: What I’m talking about is when you chop my dope down to one, two, three, four, five percent and then you call it Blue Magic. That is trademark infringement. You understand what I’m saying?
Foreshadowing the conversation with Nicky Barnes is a scene that appears a few minutes earlier in the movie between Frank Lucas and his brothers: “I won my own company and my company sells a product that’s better than the competition, at a price that’s lower than the competition.”
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