Sinister literature, given from this wicked minister
Witness your future diminish
No present from Saint Nicholas in particular
You're just a thing of the past
I'm a diamond ring in the trash
No reason to brag, it's Ab
What a way to sum up someone’s life. His competitions' supposed bright future is a fading prospect. On top of that, at this time they’ve got nothing special to them — no gift/present like you’d get from Santa Claus — or presence, and as such they’ve become nothing but a past thought.
Then again he’s not in the clear either. Kendrick may be the good kid in a mad city, but Ab’s the diamond ring in the trash: a gifted person hidden away from view by the garbage (probably poor music) that the industry at large surrounds him with.
‘Sinister Literature’ would also make sense as enjambment from the previous line about the literary Legend — ‘Don Juan’
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