I made sure my mother and girl is smothered in pearls
When a nigga under the world

from Cam'ron – Harlem Streets Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This could mean one or more of these four things, from most likely to least likely:

  1. Cam’s lives in the dangerous underworld of drugs and violence. To keep his women from getting hysterical about it, he covers them in pearls
  2. Cam launders money through cash purchases of jewelry (that he can take back at any time!). By under the world, he means under the radar of the taxman
  3. Even when he’s feeling depressed (or having a bad fiscal quarter), he still treats his ladies to lavish jewelry
  4. He’s saying that he’s stacked so much money in order to guarantee that when he’s dead and buried (“under the world”), his moms and girl will still have plenty to get by or even live well off of. It’s like Freddie Gibbs says, gotta stack as much drug money as possible:

    Is my music gonna take care of my momma if I flop?
    Is a nigga gonna depend on that? I think not.

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