You need back up, you moving on the youth at dawn
This may be a reference to Hip Hop’s influence on young people. He needs “backup” so he can reach more children and increase their knowledge unlike most mainstream hip hop is.
Most people are still asleep at dawn, so that is obviously the time when people are the most vulnerable. This could be Jay talking about other rappers and how he’s coming up on them slyly (as in not many people knowing who he is, not releasing many materials so when he actually drops something everyone will be surprised because it’ll be so good). Additionally, it could also be him saying that to get his word out he needs help from others, like labels.
The other meaning was that, especially in this song, he’s making the listeners aware of what’s happening in the world. But most people are ‘sleeping’ on the real issues.
Dawn is the best time to surmount an attack on enemy forces. Some people dig too deep into jays lyrics.
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