I'm balling, Amar'e
A nick sold in the park then I want in
What's a king without a crown, nigga?

from Kanye West (Ft. Ghostface Killah & Pusha T) – New God Flow Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

ALL ABOARD THE ENTENDRE EXPRESS

Pusha first puts emphasis on lin in “ballin”, referring to Harvard student-turned-baller Jeremy Lin. He then makes a reference to Lin’s superstar teammate Amar'e Stoudemire.

Secondly, a “nick” or “nickel” is five dollar baggie of narcotics (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, etc.) He refers to a drug transaction in a park. A “nick” is a 5 dollar bag of a substance.

Pusha ties it all together with “a nick”, as in the team that both Lin and Amar'e once starred on together, the New York Knicks.

“A nick sold in the park then I want in” is also a reference to the 1990 film King of New York, a reference which leads up to the following line, “king without a crown”. In the film, Christopher Walken/Frank White (the same Frank White that the late, great, overweight Biggie Smalls was inspired by) says

From now on, nothing goes down unless I’m involved. No blackjack no dope deals, no nothing. A nickel bag gets sold in the park, I want in. You guys got fat while everybody starved on the street. Now it’s my turn."

King without a crown can also refer to Tyga’s studio album Careless World: Rise of the Last King (due to Pusha’s beef with Drake and YMCMB), as well as Yeezy’s “what’s a king to a (new) God?”

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