after Kendrick Lamar
Never look a gift horse in its nickel-plated grill, lest you’ve come itching for a lesson in penny stocks. Exhibits A – M: Jordan’s heirless, raffled mansion. Jump shot dreams & white rocks (those, too). Hip hop’s hot topics: the Phantom & Maybach. Given the blueblood exclusivity of the oil industry, give us Sprewells. Chrome helicopter wings. Rims that continue to spin stopped short of a destination. Wide enough to bank the sun against crumbling brick party store walls. Given the blueblood fields, the amber waves of grain, give us all gold everything: gold watch, gold chains, three sparkling pinky rings dropped in Ace of Spades champagne like a garnish. Given the cure for wealth is wealth, give us the generic shit. Why else you think we drink French liquor & blow through money? No Super PAC for tax break dairy & coal money. Cashier holding my twenty up to the light to see if it’s real money. Like I’d be shopping at Wal-Mart if I could counterfeit money.