A Michael Jackson jacket or a Daft mask
Purple Jordans or the mixed girl in your math class

from Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Michael Jackson’s Thriller jacket and a Daft Punk helmet are both highly sought after items. The craze about them is just that they are famous pieces, so everyone feels the need to get them. They are definitely something that everyone wants, just like the last laugh.

Lupe also comments on society’s obsession with having exclusive Jordans. Many people will go to far lengths to obtain these shoes, from sitting in extremely longs lines to stealing and killing just to be the owner of the coveted J’s.

Lastly, hip hop culture seems to have a preference for light skinned women. With lines such as “Beautiful black woman, I bet that bitch look better red”, Lil' Wayne and other major artists have influenced many minds into believing light skin is prettier than dark skin when there should be no bias. .

It also sounds like Lupe is very consciously pronouncing “Daft mask” as “death mask,” compounding the verse. On one hand you have the Thriller jacket, which represents Michael at his zenith as the King of Pop. On the other, the possibility of there existing a death mask and ownership of it being a prime obsession.

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