With a loosie Newpy drift out of my lips, taste; half minted
This is El-P flexing his literary muscle a little, with a heavily coded way of naming a simple ghetto standard. Loosie: loose cigarette, often found at corner stores or bodegas in poor areas where the 50 cents/unit markup price is worth the legal risk. Newpy: Newport. Drift out of my lips: This describes the cloud of smoke passing his lips as he exhales in pensive reflection. Taste: half-minted. of course this means “menthol” but he might be using it as a way of describing his mental state or experience in this moment as something like “bitter-sweet.” The way a menthol cigarette has a refreshing minty taste on one hand, but the nasty stench of burning tobacco on the other.
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