Yeah, and I dance on that instrumental
Unorthodox like Basquiat with the pencil
He is unique — he’s not like other rappers. Unorthodox meaning unconventional, or nonconforming, much like Jean-Michel Basquiat, a rather eccentric, Neo-expressionist painter (who actually even dabbled in hip-hop too).
A user comments: “Although I’m sure the explanation above is correct, I also wonder if Macklemore messed up his Economics lesson and was trying to make this line also sound like "like Bastiat with the pencil”. Bastiat is a famous economist from the 19th century who had theories related to Leonard Read, who was responsible for the essay “I, Pencil”. I wonder if Mack was thinking the “I, Pencil” economic theory was actually Bastiat’s, thus he went for a double meaning with similar sound words here. Probably wrong, but suspiciously close."
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