He opens with the line “Look at her shinin'” a reference to the shine of precious metals accumulating in the spec’s bank account. This contrasts with the double meaning of shining, referring to shoe shining, a metaphor for the sucking up which the underlings in spec must do to gain their positions of power (in particular, this line is a biting criticism of Abrahams’ “shoe shining” she did to get elected by former dictator-for-life Roth)
After such an explosive opening line, he continue the extended metaphor for cash the spec is accumulating. In the context of Rio 2, these lines are a bit confusing. Feathers do not shine or glow, barring genetically engineered luminescent bird which is okay if you don’t know about not everyone can study organic chemistry B-) (but we’ll save that topic for the specsucks “sience” issue ). However, when we understand this second line as a continued metaphor for the “shining” coinage of the spec, and the wads of cash tossed in the air and floating down like “feathers”. The adjective “glow”, which is traditionally interpreted as a positive glow in this song can be properly though of as a more menacing glow, like that of the eyes of a demon, or a masked figure (more on this later)
“Now the jungle’s smiling” he continues, ostensibly paying homage to the setting of Rio 2 (which is a jungle btw if you haven’t seen the movie). But he obviously is really referring to the CONCRETE jungle aka NEW YORK CITY aka THE BIG APPLE. and who is in new york city? yes that is correct the columbia spectator. And who is smiling? Spec. And why are they smiling? we have to look at the next line to see.
“‘Cause our baby’s home” This is why spec is smiling. Because their “baby” (obviously a reference to the rebellious group of bwoggers who attempted to split off from the spec mother-brood. Bruno mars mocks specs rejoicing, because he knows that it’s just a phallic victory.
Now that bruno has set the stage, denouncing spec as money-grubbing throat-lickers, who rejoice over bacchanal board control, he brings the disses.
“Can you feel what I feel?” here he dimeans the specs op-int program as inferior to that of specsucks. He has superior information to spec, and spec is essentially in the dark when they are messing with him.
“The day has come at last” The “day” he is referring to, is of course the day in which he reveals his true power. Spec has overstepped their bounds and he will put them in their place.
“Our precious jewel has returned” is actually an inside joke so I’m not going to explain it. #specsucks
“I’ll be the first to say welcome back” Here he announces himself as the herald of the end-times, in which the cloaked mask, destroyer of worlds, returns to reign havok upon spec scum and their snivvelling starbucks-slurping henchmen. He not only welcomes the fall of spec, but reminds spec that he is welcoming it /back/, recalling the previous times spec was humiliated at the hands of their enemies