Time to separate the pros from the cons
The platinum from the bronze
That butter soft shit from that leather on the Fonz
Kelefa Sanneh quoted these lines in the New Yorker with this comment: “From the beginning, Jay-Z was admired for the quality of his verse. He compared his rhymes to luxury goods, as a way of flattering his listeners' power of discernment”
“That leather on the Fonz” refers to Fonz’s (presumably hardened / rough) leather jacket:
Note that cheap leather is hard and unconditioned and is thus less desirable.
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