The Avon Entendre
“Coulda been Trayvon/but instead I chose Avon, Powder face like a geisha” (“Pain”)
The term “double entendre” is often assigned incorrectly in hip-hop, but Pusha’s entendre average is definitely above par. Acknowledging he could have ended up in a similar fate to the unjustly slain teen Trayvon Martin, Pusha instead chose a life like “Avon.” But Avon here refers both to the fictional character, Avon Barksdale, from The Wire (Pusha’s album title is also a reference to the TV show) and the popular makeup brand. Mr. Barksdale was coincidentally a prominent drug dealer, and Avon makes, among other products, face powder. As if that’s not enough, a Japanese geisha traditionally covers her face in a pure white powder. Don’t ask him how!