the pedestal is a reference to him becoming famous through revolutionary music; once the government becomes aware of his fame (or infamy) the chair will be kicked away
A take on the common ‘the best things in life come for free’ saying. Ed’s saying that just as good things come to you whether or not you have money, so do bad things and perhaps money is a way out of that
His music isn’t ‘better’ than him, so there’s still room for him to grow and get better. Some artists make songs or have songs written for them that are doomed to be the biggest hit of their career. As a result, they become one hit wonders and fizzle out.
the 5-0 divide areas up into grids, or cells (depending on your area), but rather than being actual squares, they’re divided to encompass highly populated areas. I.e. in the middle of the cell is like the middle of town.
think rhymes with pink (the other colour) rather than white, highlighted by Cube’s use of Brown rather than black
This may sound a little far fetched but, Newton may refer to gravity, as in once Jay dies he’ll have an argument with gravity about whether he should be going ‘up’ to heaven or ‘down’ to hell, which would fit in with Jay’s ‘bad drug dealer or victim’ stuff. Then the ‘But you know niggas…’ lines could be about himself, retrospectively.
he means doing things he considers wrong ‘(meaningless sex, spending mad money etc) in a way that is considered right. Lie buying the right expensive car
haha that picture looks like she’s saying. ‘You’d never cheat on me right?’ and he’s like, ‘errr fo’ sure!'
Jay hopes in the future that people from the slums he came from will look back at him and be like “he used to cook crack here! that guy, he came from where we are, right now!”
continuing the video metaphor, Jay’s saying that when God (the drector) says his time’s over (yells cut), he’ll die happy because he’s done what he wanted to do with his life