Time to separate the pros from the cons
The platinum from the bronze
That butter soft shit from that leather on the Fonz
Hova plays on the word pros and cons:
Pros are the positive primary aspects of scenario, & cons, obviously being the negative
“ Pros ” being the elite criminals who have never been caught & don’t have incriminating evidence against them, the Con-Artists being the understudies of the pro’s that have never really suffice.
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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