Play on words with mics and Mikes
Michael Myers is the main character from the Halloween movies
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Kaiser Permanente is a health care company
Repping for the Squarians. Throw up a square by making an L and a 7 with your hands
This is not a line in which Redford is stuntin and saying how nice he is. It is talking about being ill (sick) with leprosy for his entire life, meaning he will never be able to escape the hood.
A Leper is someone who has been rejected or ostracized… and that’s how Redford feels. As you see in the previous songs (they start with the end of his life and go back in time) he contemplates suicide and feels like a loner. Even at the end of his life when he is presumably wealthy through not-so-good ways, he’s contemplating whether or not it was worth it. So he is forever a leper and won’t change.
A play on words with right/write, referencing the “writing on the wall,” but also “right on the wall,” as in either correct or right there in words.
Considering that Redford is looking at rooftop graffiti in the second verse, his story being “right on the wall” could suggest that the graffiti tells his story.
As part of hip hop culture more broadly, graffiti did tell the same stories as many young MCs rapping about the problems and possibilities of inner-city experience.
(The original “writing on the wall” came from Daniel 5:1-30, where a cryptic message appeared on the wall, predicting a king’s downfall.)
Reference to Jay & Ye
Referring to the phrase “beating a dead horse” which means to continually do something futile
Benihana is a Japan restaurant where they cook the food right before your eyes
Reference to the recently ended NBA lockout (finally!!) and the commissioner of the NBA, David Stern
Flagship stores are a retailer’s core store. They are usually bigger and have a wider variety of products. Common with high end retailers like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, etc.