Like the black fingernails of that punk rock logic
Lupe’s polished to shine like the very reflective surface of black nail polish. This is where the song gets interesting. Lupe is well aware that the punk aesthetic (black fingernails) has no place in ghetto streets; being ‘cool’ is dependent largely on accepted notions of taste. That, essentially, is what culture is.
The whole song is a celebration of Lupe’s expansive cultural capital. The obscure, particular references he namedrops are akin to bragging. He knows the rules, knows how to break them and knows what people will think when he does. Very ‘cool’ indeed.
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