“I turn a dime into a dollar”
in other words multiply my stack by 10x
Pennies from Heaven is also a musical comedy from 1936 starring Bing Crosby which ties in with the later allusion to Singin' in the Rain.
Here’s a closer look:
I don’t think any streetwalkers are wearing thousand dollar stilettos. Pusha may well be wearing these:
Astaghfirullah — is an Arabic phrase meaning “I ask Allah forgiveness.” A Muslim says this phrase many times, even when he is talking to another person. When a Muslim abstains from doing wrong, or even when he wants to prove that he is innocent of an incident he uses this expression.
In this case Lupe is making clear that he is not saying something blasphemous (i.e. he is NOT claiming to be a prophet).
Looks like he said both — another Lupe homophone.
‘Miuzi Weights a Ton’ is also a classic Public Enemy song which contains these lines:
they call the law
And claimed I had started a war
it was war they wanted and war they got
but they wilted in the heat when Miuzi got hot
I think Lupe is saying he could fight them at their own game in their own way but he’s chosen not to.
L.A.S.E.R.S — Love Always Shines Everytime Remember 2 Smile.
‘I can see the lasers shooting out of you and me’ — means he can see the inherent goodness in uncorrupted people.
Sorry wrong picture:
In popular mythology, the ostrich is famous for hiding its head in the sand at the first sign of danger. A common counter-argument is that a species that displayed this behavior would not likely survive very long. In reality they deliberately swallow sand and pebbles to help grind up their food.